5 Year Writing Goal: March update
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.
This is my update on progress this month with my historical novel, The Reluctant Scribe.
After the last piece of very helpful advice from an experienced reviewer, I have completed the following changes:
- Inserted some introspective reflection to clearly explain my main protagonist’s final actions.
- Rewritten the ending to include a very satisfactory revenge scene, where the main villain gets his just reward.
- Inserted a prologue in order to set the context of the story for my reader.
At the beginning of February I sent the first three chapters off to an agent, along with the usual covering letter and synopsis. This agent was someone I met at an educational event. She impressed me by her professionalism – and by generally being a jolly nice person.
It’s always hard to know how long to wait, but I’ve waited six weeks and have heard nothing. So I’ve sent her another email as a reminder.
This week has not been a good one. I’ve had two rejections already – for other pieces of writing. Now I’m steeling myself for another. But also, of course, there is that tantalising flicker of hope…
As writers we have to develop both a thick skin and a sense of eternal optimism. Neither comes easy to me.