Friday, 6 March 2009

Chasing the dream

The idea of this blog post comes from a paragraph in a friend's wip, where one character is questioned about whether they are chasing their dream. It struck me in the heart. I bluntly replied 'no, I haven't been'.

I haven't been chasing my dream lately. Yes, I've been busy in life. But, I've also been a little lazy to some extent. I've been focusing on others' work. This is important - creating links and forging bonds with fellow writers really helps when the time comes for critiquing of a novel. But, sometimes the focus comes away from the dream.

I'm hoping the dream here is obvious! To get to the stage where I feel my work is acceptable for submitting to agents.

By acceptable, I mean as polished as I can possibly get it with the help of critiques. To the best writing I can achieve without help from an agent and editor.

I'm hoping that this can be November/December this year for Termion. Which means I've got a lot of work ahead. I plan on finishing Imperial Intrigue (draft 1), then revising Termion. I'm on chapter 5 now. I average around 30-35 chapters per novel at the moment, so just another 30 odd to go! I can do this, and I must write every day. I can write 1 chapter a day....its very doable in first draft stage, so that's what I'm aiming for. At the least, I'll be writing 500 words a day (see earlier post).

So, are you chasing the dream?


Captain Hook said...

Best of luck to you, sweetie!!

Yunaleska said...

Thank you.

lotusgirl said...

I'm trying to chase that dream. But lately it's been more like I'm walking in the same direction of my dream. Good luck to you and your focusing and chasing.

Yunaleska said...

It is perfectly doable :) I've nearly finished chapter 5! Yay! Determined to finish it tonight.

Somehow its turned into a small recap of Termion (its all relevant!) But hopefully it means that those who read it then read termion will think aha! And those who read Termion first (it's placed before II in the time line) will think 'I know these people!)

I'm purposefully making links. This world has more than one story :)

I'm still a bit distracted, but it is my first day getting back into the swing of things.

Lady Glamis said...

I have my dream by the tail. Just trying to reel it in at the moment. :)

Amy said...

I'm so hearing you. I haven't done much dream chasing lately, what with moving and uni and being stuck. I felt for a while like my dream of July querying was lost by the wayside... But I hope to get back on track this week.

Here's to dreaming! :)