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I have a secret project. Like, really secret. After finishing the big rewrite of Transparent, I kept waffling between a few projects, but I finally picked one. I decided not to tell anyone what I picked—and I mean no one. Not even my usual alpha readers know. (Unless, of course, Nick peeked...in which case he might be in trouble.)
It's kind of liberating having a secret project, writing this book just for myself, not worrying about who will see it and if they'll think it sucks. Right now I think it's just what I need—I have enough projects heaped with pressure.
And I love Sekrit Project (at least when I'm not completely intimidated by it). I'm just happy to be having fun right now. I'll admit it's been a long time since I've had some plain ol' fun with writing!
I think sometimes we take all this publishing stuff too seriously. At least I fall into that trap a lot. But lately I just want to scream " Just CHILL OUT, guys!"
I know the process is maddening. I know querying is tough and submission is even harder. I know how unfair it all is and how impossible it seems at times. I know how bad you want it and how much it hurts not to know when or if it'll happen.
I know because I've been there. For a while, even.
But like the nomads in Avatar said, "You need to focus more on the going, and less on the destination." (Oh my gosh I love that episode!) It's totally lame and true. "Are we there yet?" never makes the journey go faster, and it only annoys the crap out of you and everyone else along the way.
So basically I'm trying to be a writing nomad right now, and it's pretty nice, I must say. Write when I want, however much I want, because no one is going to see it and there's no deadline or expectations. Sigh. It's awesome.
Smart move! And it's SO wonderful to see you so excited and happy.ReplyDelete
You know, I've wondered about pulling a Sekrit Project myself. Because I keep thinking that being open and forcing accountability will make me more productive, but it doesn't. It just makes me feel guilty when people ask to read the next bit and I haven't written it yet. :\
How funny that I just did the same thing for the same reasons! And I got my muse back for the first time in over a year.ReplyDelete
Good for you for doing what you need to for your writing!
I went to an SCBWI conference this weekend and one of the things that several presenters said that really stuck out to me was to quit rushing yourself and enjoy the process. You're being wise to do just that.ReplyDelete
You're going to have some fun with that. I wish you a happy journey!ReplyDelete
Good for you! I think it's a great idea to step back and just have a little fun with a project. Why do I have a feeling that the fun, no-pressure, project could turn out to be the 'best' project? Enjoy!ReplyDelete
I love the idea of a Sekrit Project!!!!! It's so liberating to just write. And not think about anything else.ReplyDelete
I CANNOT have sekrit projects. I'm awful at secrets and waiting...ReplyDelete
I'm glad you're having fun :D Even if I'm DYING to know what SEKRIT project is! I'm sure it is mind-bogglingly fantastic!!ReplyDelete
I've been dying to know what your sekrit project is. Thanks for the idea!ReplyDelete
SECRET TUNNEL! SECRET TUNNEL!ReplyDelete
Hooray for Sekrit Projects! I have one, too, and I work on it whenever I'm feeling blocked. It's the best way to remember what it feels like to write for me-and-only-me.ReplyDelete
Sounds awesome! Maybe I'll start one too and see if I can find that writing spark again.ReplyDelete
No expectations? That sounds heavenly. I must get myself a Sekrit Project, stat.ReplyDelete
Ooo, Sekrit project, very fun! It is nice to just write for oneself. I think that's why I write poetry.ReplyDelete
I have to say, Avatar is full of wisdom. We were watching just last night and Iroh said, "Pride is not the opposite of shame, but rather it's source." Neal looked at me and said, "Wow, that was really deep!" :)
omg, that is one of our favorite episodes. We sing the secret tunnel song and the "big bad badgermoles" song all the time.
FULL OF WIN
I have a sekrit project too. It's not a novel. I'm so excited!ReplyDelete
YAY SEKRIT PROJECTS!!!