May 26, 2011

Deadlines and Other Motivators

Yesterday, I arbitrarily chose #WritingMotivators as the #TwitterGame for the day. Then I realized my subconscious was in charge at that time because what a perfect topic it turned out to be.

Without giving time specifics, Kelly and I need to bust out this novel. She's moving soon (*prayers*) and I am back in classes in a week. Oh, and we have wannabe betas sending us funny emails as inspiration. (Part of me wants to delay The End just so I can see what extremes our friends are willing to go through to motivate us. What a strange food chain that would be.)

Okay, I totally copped out about with the non-specific time deadline. The end of June is our deadline. Yup, I said it. And guess what, next Friday we'll be drafting our first query AND sharing it with a few folks. EEK. But it's all in the interest of pushing ourselves to the limit and busting out an amazing novel. Shebang!

Oh, and you were all WAY too supportive of that Newbery talk last week. Why didn't anyone put me in my place? Gosh. You made me think we might actually be entering that territory. Okay, fine...we totally are. We aren't writing to the award, but it's kind of an interesting way to think.

SASQUATCH ELEANOR is beautiful so far and the potential we have as writers is staggering. And that is a mighty epiphany for me because I am focusing less on the expectations others have of our novel and more on the the responsibility we have to the 12 year old Kellys and Jons of today. Whoa. Heavy.

Thanks for reading guys!

Oh, and I put my iTunes on shuffle for the first time in years and holy moley I have diverse taste in music, but each song perfectly compliments its predecessor. 

11 comments:

  1. I heart this post.
    I am seriously more motivated than ever.

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  2. This: I am focusing less on the expectations others have of our novel and more on the the responsibility we have to the 12 year old Kellys and Jons of today. Is pure brilliance. That's really what it's all about, isn't it?

    You guys can totally DO this!

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  3. I totally love that you guys are doing it. And fast! Can't wait to read it...not that I'm pushing or anything. I'm happy to look at the query too for you, if you want feedback. I've queried a time or two... :)

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  4. Yay for diverse taste! I think my iPod would explode if I put it on shuffle.

    Good luck with the deadline! It's always great to have one.

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  5. I never put my itunes on shuffle.

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  6. Awesome that you're getting near finishing your manuscript. So excited for you and Heather.

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  7. I'm toasting to the future little Jons and Kellys...you can do it, you two...don't disappoint those kids!

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  8. Looking forward to seeing the query! I hope I remember to stop back on Friday. Give me a nudge if you don't hear from me!

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  9. That's awesome! It's a great place to feel motivated. :)

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  10. Good idea about working on the query. And finishing up by the end of June!!!! Wow. YAY!

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  11. Good luck finishing up. You guys can do it by the deadline!

    I love this: I am focusing less on the expectations others have of our novel and more on the the responsibility we have to the 12 year old Kellys and Jons of today. Such and important revelation!!

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