Hi there. I realize I've taken quite a bit of time off. During this vacation from blogging, I decided to enjoy life with my young twins and put writing off to the side. Sort of. I did continue to write, but not as frequently.
Now, I'm reworking a romantic suspense manuscript about a home stager and her bodyguard. I had completed the work, but then took a couple of online writing courses and had a few "oops" moments. I had started at the wrong place, had too many POV characters, and needed to develop my understanding of the craft. As you can imagine, this was all a little overwhelming.
So, what did I do? I joined Romance Writers of America, got involved in a wonderful critique group, and continued to take courses about writing. Thank goodness, I did all of this before I had sent anything out. Rejection would've been a lot more difficult to accept at that point. After having my work shredded by my critique group members and instructors from certain courses, I grew a thick skin. I hope I'm tough enough to get through real rejections, but I'm not ready to query yet, so I still have some time. I'm in the very early stages of the novel, around 70 pages. UGH! Yeah, I have a lot of work ahead of me. That's okay. I'm up for the challenge, but am not pressuring myself. I still have limited time to write, so the work will get done when I have a chance. Eventually, the twins will be in school full time and that will be MY true beginning. Unless I surprise myself before then. ;)
Do you have any writing advice you'd like to share?