Lighting a Fire Under Myself

I registered for Midwest Writers Workshop this weekend.  Plunked down $400-some to attend 2 1/2 days of workshops and to have a manuscript sample evaluated by a published author.  I wimped out and didn’t sign up for an agent pitch because I have nothing I’m ready to pitch yet (at least, not sales-wise – there’s lots to pitch in the sense of chucking it in the bin).

I have fixed the typos on the manuscript but haven’t done much more than that.  I’m having a debate with myself about how to proceed – I think I need to write some new stuff, and there are probably chunks of the original which I want to keep and I’m letting the issue of sorting out the logistics of it all serve as a procrastination excuse instead of just diving in.  I’m being reminded through this that I’m really good at rationalizing procrastination.

My hope is the fact that I have until July 1st to submit a portion of the manuscript for evaluation will serve as the fire I need to get me motivated to move past the procrastination and into the actual work which needs done on this manuscript.  After all, it won’t be every year that I have $400 some to spend on attending this conference and I need to make the most of the opportunity I have before me.


Revision Phase 2 – Still Loading

I’m supposed to be on to Phase 2 in my revision – fixing typos and then re-reading, looking for things to add, change, or delete.  Instead I’m doing nothing with my manuscript.  I’ve been reading a lot, and dealing with a lot at work, and my manuscript is languishing as a result.

It’s partly a time issue.  It’s partly a reluctance to get started issue.  I have this neat little plan, but I am finding this whole process very intimidating.  I feel like the manuscript is worth working on – it’s not one of those horrible oh-my-god-put-it-in-a-drawer-and-pretend-it-never-happened ones.  It’s got potential.

So, how am I going to get myself past this intimidated state and on to phase 2?  I think I’m going to try the just do it method.  Tomorrow I will spend my lunch hour fixing the typos and then reprint the manuscript.  Then, on Saturday, after breakfast, I’ll make myself a nice cup of coffee and settle in with the manuscript and a notebook (or my laptop) to start reading again and making notes.