Monday, February 18, 2008

Unattainable

So, I haven't thought of a slogan for 2008 yet. In fact I'm thinking of just going with "Hello 2008!" since I haven't actually given it any thought since I posted the last entry.
Yesterday evening I sat down and wrote another four pages (or 1000 words) on my current project. It's not exactly the same as sitting down and rolling out 6000 or so words in one afternoon like I used to be able to do pre-baby. Now I have to write in whatever small snatches of time I have when she's either sleeping or with daddy. However since I have around 30,000 words left to write before the manuscript is finished, I worked out that if I commit myself to writing 1000 words a day, I could have it finished in 30 days, and then I could start sending out letters to agents. Of course, I often set these little goals for myself, and quite often they don't materialize.
Someone told me the other day that when you become a parent, you become more organised. I'd like to think this is true of myself, but I'm not so sure! Now I sit here and think "what did I used to do all day before we had the baby? We must have had SO much spare time to do nothing."
I really like to think that I could have the manuscript wrapped up and ready for editing by the end of March, becuase I'm really eager to get some letters out to agents. With the judges comments from the RWA comp, I have a good feeling about this one. I said last year was going to be the year I'd finally score that elusive publishing contract, and I'm unashamedly going to say the same thing about this year. It will be this year. Believing in yourself is half the job. I still say that, yes, I have no doubt that one day I will be a published author, it's just a matter of when. And the when is getting closer, so I should really get back to work.
PS: so far this morning I wrote 145 words before I got distracted by the internets... 855 to go for the day!

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