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.