You guessed it, I'm procrastinating. A few days ago I completed the first draft of a novel I first got the idea for over two years ago and have been working on in fits and starts. Yesterday I printed out the whole thing--all 400+ pages of it--in preparation for the first round of rewrites. But that requires a couple of days of (mostly) uninterrupted reading as I go through it from beginning to end, stopping only to make quick notes as problem areas jump out at me. I already know I need to rework the ending, and my husband--bless his heart for avidly reading the first draft one slow-coming clump at a time--has already offered some helpful suggestions.
I've been trying especially hard this year to really work at writing, to treat it like the career I want it to be. I don't always succeed in guarding my writing hours as well as I'd like, but when I arrive at the end of a truly productive week , it feels so good. I gain respect for myself, and in the process, I believe family and friends gain greater respect for my time, my work, and my writing goals.
Speaking of goals, at the top of my list right now is connecting with a good agent. I've made some promising contacts, and I've tried to do my "homework," learning as much as I can about the right questions to ask and determining what exactly I'm looking for in an agent/author relationship. Number one, the agent must connect with my writing and believe strongly in my potential--not just for the manuscript currently under consideration (my Golden Heart winner), but for my long-term writing career. An agent's involvement in long-range career planning is very important to me.
So . . . such has been the focus of my prayers this summer--God's guidance in every aspect of my writing. He has shown me in many ways that He is with me, blessing, strengthening, and preparing me for a successful future. Now, if I can just stop procrastinating and get back to work!