Time for… an update

Well, I didn’t make the top 50 in the contest for So You Think You Can Write. These past few weeks have been both exciting and stressful as I’ve pushed myself to finish the third draft of newly titled Time for Love – formerly The Gateway, and then plummeted down from an intense high when I realised I wasn’t one of the chosen ones.

I think deep down I knew it was unlikely, but there was still that little part of me which hoped I’d at least final after the effort that went into the submission. Everyone who entered knows the struggle we all went through in those first few weeks, but I don’t regret entering the competition at all. The mantra was always “what do I have to lose?”. Of course the answer was nothing, as I’ve now connected with even more amazing people, a network of writers – both published and unpublished – always there to lend a sympathetic ear or bounce about with pom-poms, cheering each other on.

Since the top 50 finalists were contacted, I’ve taken a well-deserved break for a few days, while planning my next project, which I intend to write for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for you non-Wrimos, during which I wrote Time for Love last year).

Once the stress and toll of NaNoWriMo and the first (planned) draft is written, I’ll be revisiting Time for Love, polishing up any loose ends and making it as seamless as possible, then start submitting.

Because I believe there’s a home for this story somewhere, and because I’ll never give up.

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7 thoughts on “Time for… an update

  1. Fiona, followed a tweet of yours over here. I loved your chapter and hope you do sub TIme for Love when you think it’s ready. Good luck with NaNo this year. Not sure I can because of lots of visits from relatives during the month, but I love NaNo.

    1. Hi Lee! Thank you I’m thrilled you think that. I definitely will be subbing as soon as I’m 100% happy with it. Been revising further today, too. As for NaNo – if you do decide to join, come and find me. Without looking I think I’m fionachapman1. Xx

    1. Hi Jane, you’re definitely up there with your die-hard pom-poms! I wouldn’t have come this far without you and a few other very supportive peeps (you know who you are 😉 ) so huge thanks. Ditto for The Dragon Legacy – very much looking forward to reading your first novel. 🙂 xx

  2. I believe there’s a perfect publisher waiting for you. You just have to find each other. Don’t give up, and don’t you dare put it back in the bottom drawer – your story is just too good! Hang in there, Fiona. And once it’s available, I’ll be one of the first to purchase a copy.

    1. Aww thank you so much, Tima! I’m so glad you like the story and by the time it’s published, I hope you love it. There’s a lot of extra work going on behind the scenes to make it as good as it can be. 🙂 xx

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