Storymakers Conference 2011

I attended the LDStorymakers writers conference this week, and took enough notes to choke a hungry goat. If I printed them. Have no fear, I’m not going to feed the laptop to the goat . . .

The three days have given me some time to reflect on my writing projects. And the jury is still out.

Do I finish the second book in The Chronicles of Gan right now? It’s currently at about 55 thousand words. Or, do I switch gears, and work on the project which I intend to submit to the national scene once I get it done? I am so conflicted.

I did learn from David Wolverton (a.k.a. David Farland), that I need to get some exercise and get up earlier. And not eat junk. Only a little guilt there. Well, perhaps a lot of guilt.

I have been so incredibly busy. New job, new assignment at church, getting ready to move . . . I have to figure out how to balance family/work/church/writing.

HOW MANY people out there really want to see the sequel to THE THORN? That project is dear to my heart. I WILL finish it. I just don’t know when. Do I simply jump in and get the thing done? Or do I work on it after I have my national-bound project out to agents?

OR . . . do I just forget the whole publishing dream? Let’s be honest here, the publishing industry is a LOT of work, and most of it has nothing to do with writing at all. Besides, I didn’t start this journey just so I could be a rich and famous national author. I started it because I wanted to write. At the moment, I don’t seem to have a lot of time to do the thing that I love.

I need to find the time to write!

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Storymakers Conference 2011 — 8 Comments

  1. Oh I so love “THE THORN” and am anxiously waiting for the second book. I do hope you continue to find time for writing you have a great talent. I know Family, Church,Career then Writing is the order but selfishly I am praying for you to discovery a time for writing. LOL May God Bless you and your family during this busy season.

  2. I for one would be happy with a sequel to The Thorn. I haven’t read The Thorn, intend to. But it’s nice to finish something you set out to do. With that, prioritize.
    I say get the other thing done and do the sequel as hobby writing, almost. Me and my randomness.

  3. You sound a little disillusioned with the life of a published author. I don’t think you should be – just remember the national market is not going to be the same as the LDS market.

    I understand completely all about the time/life paradox. I had to call my writing life quits for several months. Happily, it’s warming back up now, not back in full swing, but it’ll get there. Sometimes, prioritization is painful! Either way, do what needs doing most – and don’t lose the joy of your writing, because I know you love it! Don’t let it be a drudgery.

    I’m rooting for you.

  4. Storymakers was great, and I’ve listened to Dave before. He gives great classes, and inspired me to lose a little weight. πŸ˜‰

    btw, I think you should finish the second book in the series before moving on to your next project, but follow your gut.

    Have a great week.

  5. Good point – trying to get published is a job all it’s own, and a time consuming one at that. Writing is the fun part. The rest… not so much. Thanks for sharing, and good luck on which ever project you decide to pursue for now. πŸ™‚

  6. I’m with Angel. The Thorn was so well written. You are a talented, thoughtful, inspired writer. You do need to finish the sequel, be it soon or (slightly) later. I NEED to know the rest of the story.

    I understand that you are a husband, father, Church member with a calling, and you do need to set priorities. As Pres. Benson said, If you put Christ first, everything else will either fall into it’s place or drop out of your life (paraphrased). Once you work that out, you’ll know what to do next. But please don’t give up on the sequel to The Thorn……..

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