My manuscript, FAMILY TIME (the one that is NOT a genealogical memoir) has been finished for almost ten months. It has been thoroughly reviewed and endorsed by my writers group and read by about six others. Most of them thought it was worthy. When I pitched it at the March Northern Colorado Writers conference, I got an editor interested (although it was only temporary).
But I have done nothing more to market it.
I haven't even written anything new, other than my blog and the Labor Day Sunday church service and children's story.
I am in stasis.
Yet this afternoon I am going to a writers' retreat. I'm taking two notebooks and six pens (and FAMILY TIME). I do not know what I am going to do there ... perhaps read FAMILY TIME again. Perhaps work on the ideas that are just beginning to think about forming.
I will contemplate the completed pages. And the blank pages.
It is time to move forward. To reclaim the writing energy that has been part of me since I could read.
What has stopped me? I have always been writing something. Always. My articles have been published, my speeches spoken, my scripts performed.
But now, nothing, For so long.
I think part of the problem is my age. The path to publication is so daunting, so long. There's part of me that thinks I will die before I can find an agent.
Stopping is, of course, illogical. It's like cutting off my own circulation.
So I will go. And see what happens,
Friday, October 15, 2010
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