April is just around the corner and a favorite month of mine for personal reasons. Yep, I’m a fiery Aries!
This year for my birthday I’m doing something new.
I’m giving myself the Spring Cleaning Challenge. What a great present, huh? A gift to myself from myself. And I dare anyone who wishes to participate to jump in armed with an arsenal of cleaning supplies and an open mind to do their own onslaught.
House cleaning not your thing? Well, who said anything about house cleaning!
I’m talking about dusting off that old MANUSCRIPT.
The one that hasn’t seen the light of day since it was tossed into the deep, dark corner of the back drawer. The one you always wanted to return to, but forgot completely, or didn’t know how to polish and shine. Have one? Have two? Oh, I know you do. Unfortunately, I have about six.
Remember, no shame or guilt for this project.
Okay, did you pick one yet? Now, I want you to reread your creation straight through. Do not edit anything. That’s right. Don’t edit. Read the book in total, making notes in a notebook about chapters, scenes, missing data, dialogue anything that you notice. Write down your overall impression. What’s good-what’s not. What’s missing-what kicks ass. Etc…and then get ready to share.
Starting in April I’m going open up to the writing community and post my thoughts and feelings about my work and hope you’ll do the same.
I’m going to rework my p.o.s into something I can submit to an agent or editor and make me a proud momma once again.
Each week I will post a chapter or bits I love, or perhaps hate, and ask for advice and a helping hand for spots I’m really struggling with. Perhaps we’ll have a drawing at the end of the month for a special somethin’, somethin’ to anyone who leaves comments. <Suggestions welcomed>
Anyone is free to join me and post their own journey. The more the merrier. At least we can give each other moral support and cry on each other’s shoulders when needed.
So who’s with me on the Spring Cleaning Challenge?
Look out April, cuz we’re cleaning! <too bad it won’t be the house, snicker>