Investigating New Territory Through The World of Writing
Draft 7 and 8 are complete of my novel for middle readers. I don’t know what that means other than feeling much closer to sending in to a publisher. I think it was good I stayed away from it a while. It gave me the perspective I needed to make some changes more appealing to middle readers. I flip-flopped chapter one and chapter two completely. Then I renamed all the beginning chapters to give them more voice. Then I printed it out to look at it as one piece. It felt like such an accomplishment to see the whole thing in print I could touch.
Even after talking about it some more with my husband tonight, I feel more motivated to start on my next project. Certainly there are going to be months and months of waiting ahead with rejection letters galore. I don’t think I even care. Silly as it seems, I can’t wait to receive a rejection letter just to prove I did it and someone had to look at it, even for a few seconds.
My next project is going to be more geared to boys. Since I know all things girl, I am going to need a lot of help from my friends at home who have boys. There is such a need in the classroom for more quality text exciting for boys. During the last two years I have had a wonderful variety of boy personalities. I’m sure I can start from there.
Now, I just need an outline. . .