Start and Endure

Have any of you started something that you were really excited about? The initial excitement gives fuel to both your desire and your choice of time spent.

It's the planting of a seed. A seed has the power within it to produce something greater than its present self. A miracle really. To be able to grow into a plant hundreds of times its size. Not only that, but to produce hundreds more of those plants, generations down the line.

I am growing a garden. My purpose is not love of digging in the dirt, weeding, and getting sun. In fact, I'd just as soon do without the middle one on that list. I want the results. The fresh vegetables and the nutrition for my family that I know that come with it. After a long winter, that vision of fresh vegetables gives me the stamina to hoe through my garden, create a place for my plants, and plant the seeds.

I was doing very well at my garden. Raking it to prevent weeds, watering it when needed, etc. Then life hit full force with a myriad of tasks, responsibilities, and events that whirled through. The end of May happened. My garden got neglected, it grew weeds. Some of the plants didn't grow.

I think my book writing and blogging parallel this. I am very excited about the planting of my idea. The idea that it has the power to grow into something big. Then the weeds of life crowd in, demanding my time. My garden isn't dead. The plants our growing. In fact, the carrots are growing quite nicely. I need to spend some more time out there weeding. It needs a little attention. My book writing isn't dead. It is still growing and coming along, but it needs some attention.

Each day, the choices I make determine where I can go with my goals. Yes, life happens, but how I choose to confront what comes up will determine where I'll end up. Tasty vegetables or a few withered plants?

"Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming." - Dallin H. Oaks

My desire is to write this book. I have other desires too that will be balanced with this, but it is still a priority. As far as my journey into book writing goes, the story comes first, then the blog. The story is coming along slowly but surely, I'll have you know.

"When we have a vision of what we can become, our desire and our power to act increase enormously." -Dallin H. Oaks

Re-Working The Pitch

I’m back. I am thrilled at the feedback from my post, The Pitch. I thank you for your invaluable suggestions. Getting critiqued stings a bit but is necessary to get better! 

A series of messages resulting from The Pitch put me in contact with the owner of a publishing company who picked apart my pitch and let me know I have a lot to work on! What a privilege to have that critique so early on in my adventure! In summary, here is what she recommended: less about character and location, and use fewer words. She gave several specifics on my pitch, but some general advice as well. She stated that one of the best ways to write a cover copy is to let a critique partner write the first draft after you've verbally told them about the book in 3 to 5 minutes. This forces you to tell them only the highlights, exciting parts, and main plot.

So here is a second rewrite for now:

Prim, a seventeen-year-old introverted orphan, didn't realize when she entered the contest how quickly she'd be thrust into the upper tier Elite of Medadrom society. A common cottager chosen to represent alongside the prince the entire Kingdom of Medad at the Universus? It just hadn’t happened before. Prim must fight to hold on to her right to represent Medad when the Elite begin to pressure her. Prim questions who she can trust. As the departure with Prince Quintus to the Universus draws near, she discovers more is going on at Galadrom Palace than the simple political games of the Elite. An outside threat to the kingdom. Overheard conspiracy within. Unwittingly she has interfered with the pinnacle events of a decades-long plan to corrupt Medad. Will Prim hold on to her resolve to be the representative she knows Medad needs? Or will she back down as threats on her life begin to appear?

I know it needs some work, but it is a little better. I hope. I plan to re-write it again with a yet undiscovered critique partner probably after I get the book written!