getting somewhere – #whatImwriting

It’s Tuesday! It’s time for ‘What I’m Writing’! Chrissie is hosting this week so pop over to Muddled Manuscript if you’re wanting to link up – we’d love to hear all about what you’re writing at the moment. Having said that, Chrissie’s suggested a ‘what I’m NOT writing’ theme this week for all those of us who are struggling to find the time/energy or motivation. It’s optional though, luckily for me…

flying saucer

A clue about one of my picture books… also evidence of why I’m not illustrating them myself!

Last week I said I was going to knuckle down and do some writing. Guess what? *trumpet fanfare* I managed it! Yes, for the first time in weeks (or is it months?) I’ve actually achieved something with my picture book manuscripts.

The key to making progress was not just having a bit more time this week but also some extra motivation. Having decided I need some professional feedback on my work, I made the decision to submit some work to a manuscript appraisal service. I figured if I’m going to submit my books to agents and/or publishers, it makes sense to get expert advice first.

When I mentioned my three manuscripts to one such service they said they could do a ‘3 for 2′ offer (“like with shampoo!” as a friend of mine said) as long as I submitted all three at the same time. So, all at once, I needed to get the three of them to a point where I was happy to send them off. The third one was in shoddy-first-draft-form so I’ve put a lot of time into that, and I’ve also done a fair bit editing work on my first story. Manuscript Two could do with more attention but one of the main problems I have with it is being unable to decide if the long version or the shorter version (yes, I somehow have two!) works best. So perhaps I should just send it as is, and get advice there…

Anyway, I’ve loved getting my teeth back into the books again and have become a bit obsessed, writing in any spare moment I have. I was up for two hours in the night with my toddler the other night (groan) and found myself leaning against his door frame in the dark, making shushing noises while the better part of my brain was thinking “does ‘exquisite’ rhyme well enough with ‘fillet’?”. By the time I staggered back to bed my brain was whirring with ridiculous rhymes!

So, all in all, a good week! And I even managed a couple of blog posts too – if you haven’t seen it, my interview with Renee Davis, mummy blogger extraordinaire and author of Become The Best You’ is well worth a read. Reneé is inspirational!

I hope you’ve had good weeks too – I’m looking forward to finding out!

11 thoughts on “getting somewhere – #whatImwriting

  1. Iona@redpeffer

    Blimey-super productive on this front! I’m impressed and so pleased for you that you’ve found somewhere to get feedback from-I do think this is really important to help with the next stage. Looking forward to hearing all about your experiences. And I like the spaceship/alien btw :)

  2. Nicola Young

    Looking forward to hear how you get on with your appraisals – exciting times and it’s definitely a good way to get you focused on your work. Sometimes you can do as much as you can, but then you just need to hand it over to someone else. This is the next step!

    1. Maddy Post author

      Yes, I needed to take the next step at some point, even if it does feel a bit like stepping off the end of a pier! Thanks Nicola x

  3. Emily Organ

    Sounds like good progress and the manuscript appraisal appears to be getting you energised! I hope it goes well, I expect you’re looking forward to finding out what the feedback will be. I love how your head was spinning with ideas at the most inappropriate time – I’m glad it’s not just me!

    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Emily. I’m nervous about what the feedback will be and also excited… better to know one way or the other!

  4. Sophie Lovett

    Yay! Glad to hear you’ve had such a constructive week. Sometimes a little bit of extra motivation is all we need… I’m being spurred on by the fact we’re going on holiday in just under a month & I’m determined to get the edit squared away by then. Whatever it takes eh? X

  5. Chrissie

    Ah, well done for opening up your work to crit. It takes bravery and balls. (And well done for all the productivity too!)


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