I've had a good past few weeks on the writing front. At the end of February, I finished my latest revision of Project Fun. One of my most trusted beta readers got back to me and said she thought it was almost ready to go. On a long bus ride to Boston and back, I read it myself, and came to the same startling conclusion. Then last week another beta reader got back to me; she read Project Fun in practically one sitting, she loved it.
Do you remember that scene at the end of When Harry Met Sally? It's New Year's Eve, and Harry suddenly realizes he loves Sally and runs to find her at a big party. While she listens, confused and a little annoyed, Harry lists all the reasons he loves her. Finally he concludes: "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest
of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as
soon as possible."
That's exactly how I feel. I first developed the characters for Project Fun in 2008. The plot finally came to me in 2011. I started working on the story in earnest this past fall. And all along, I've loved it. I can't wait to start sending it out into the world.
But of course, that's the crazy scary part, too. While the new revisions are already almost completely done, I know the beginning needs some more work, maybe even a brand new opening scene. The end needs a line here and there to flesh out a minor character's emotions. The query is still rough (any great query critiquers out there?! I'd love some feedback!). I'm waiting for one more beta reader to get back to me. And in May I'm signed up for New England SCBWI Conference--maybe I should hold off until then in case I get some more feedback? I do want to make sure the beginning will draw in readers... Let's be honest, I'm so scared to submit Project Fun and hear nothing but nos.
But on the other hand, I'm just not sure how long I can wait. I'm terrified, but excited, too. And like Harry, whatever the outcome, I'm eager for what comes next to start as soon as possible.
Is this a familiar feeling to you, too? Or am I totally crazy? How are your writing projects progressing?