Looking for next steps

Today I made an inventory of all the projects I’ve done on this writing journey. I have 4 novels (between 25,000 and 50,000 words) that are first drafted. I have 2 novels (both 25,000 words) that are finished, one published, one still yet adrift. There is also the teacher’s guide, published in 2005. Then there’s a few poems, short stories, essays, character sketches and picture books.

I’ve been writing formally with goals in mind for the past 18 years. How crazy is that? I’m glad I have a body of work to show for it, but I have more goals. How does one move from writing to regularly publishing? How can I get more of my projects in the hands of publishers who want them? I’ve been searching for an agent since last year at this time, trying to work with my children’s chapter book. 24 agents, no requests. And the chapter book (ages 7-10) is a hard one.

So, where to go next?

Mauna Kea and the moon over looking Hilo Bay, Hilo, Hawai’i

14,766 words on draft one

It’s June 24th and I have 10,000 words to go on the Christmas Romance Novella. It’s just a first draft, so I have permission (from myself) to not make every line perfect. I’m getting down the main story line and fleshing out the characters and their motivations. This morning, my daughter read for two hours while I wrote for two hours and now we’re preparing for a Gilmore Girls marathon.

Hoping to do the same tomorrow!

School’s out, writing time!

I’m on retreat this week and cranking out the teacher/Christmas romance. Think of warm, balmy salt air of Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i plus a school where some of the teachers know what they’re doing and some are lost in school hell. Add mutual attraction and just a bit of stress from administration. Let me know your title ideas!

school teacher Romance

I’m writing another school teacher romance. Write what you know, they say. I gotta tell you, it rolls right out of my fingers. The scenarios, the kids, the teacher’s stress levels…

Maybe I should do a kids book set in a school- something funny. Like Andrew Clements.

But the easiest way to procrastinate from the book I’m working on is to think of a new project to start or a new genre to explore.

I will finish this book- the Christmas Romance.

#amwriting

I’m blogging!

It’s the season of blogging and paid writing.

I’m writing for Boomwriter.com as a teacher of writing:

Boomwriter

and I was invited to join Originality by Design a blog of artists, writers, and creative thinkers.

If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know how important I think writer’s groups are.  Here is my blog .

I’m also writing for Studies Weekly, where I write teacher’s guides, questions and content.

If that’s not enough…I’m also writing for the Dept of Education, writing items for standardized testing.  Yikes!

And still teaching full time.

 

Tales of Christmas are dancing in my head…

Christmas has been over for more than a week, I almost have it all cleaned up and put away.  We’re focusing on the new year and moving forward.

me with reindeer horns

One of the ways I’m moving forward is by working on a novella length Christmas romance that my dear friend Jacquolyn Mcmurray and I are hoping to publish as a “duet” in November.  (A duet is when there are two authors and two stories in one volume.)

I’ve been dreaming and daydreaming, the story brewing in my head.  This is unusual for me.  I guess I usually have so much in my head, there’s not time, space or energy for the characters to bounce around in there.  But, winter break means getting up late and long walks.

One character: I’m thinking of a young man who graduated from college and moved to Hawai’i to teach for two years with Teach for America.  He planned it for several years and saw it as a peace corps experience.  But after only a month or two, he is so worn down and homesick, he’s thinking of leaving during winter break.  What or who will help him through Christmas?  Will he stay and persevere or leave, with no self-respect remaining?  We’ll see….

(I don’t know yet either!)

I’m praying for a wondrous new year where God uses me in every way possible, including in this Christmas romance.

I’m praying for you too.

Aloha!

 

 

Kristin Noelle Wolfgang, writer and teacher

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