Tuesday’s Tuesday 12 x 12 author, Orly Konig Lopez, braved Hurricane Sandy to get this post done in time. She may not have power today in her Maryland home, so we of course all wish her the best braving out the storm. It’s always interesting to hear about authors writing in multiple genres with success, as Orly is. I like the idea of going between genres when you feel burned out in one or the other. Also, I must say I love the first line of her post. 🙂 Please welcome Orly!
The 12 x 12 challenge was like a huge pile of autumn leaves for me. I couldn’t wait to jump in. I finished the first picture book draft within the first two weeks of January. The February draft took until closer to the end of the month. And the March draft, well … it’s still sitting unfinished.
Why? Simple, my confidence took a hit. In March I attended a fabulous workshop by my local SCBWI chapter and met with an editor for a critique. The picture book we were discussing had gone out to a handful of agents already but without success. The editor was surprised, she thought it was charming and would surely get picked up. Pity she didn’t have a magic wand with her because waiting for a positive response can seriously deflate a purple pen.
About the same time, the women’s fiction manuscript I was querying started receiving attention—agent requests, contest finals; at least in that genre I seemed to be rolling. So that’s where all my energy went and the picture book drafts got lost in the pile. I was still scribbling ideas down “for when I had time” but somehow there just never seemed to be time.
And now here we are, staring at the fluffy end of 2012. But instead of crawling under a rock and hiding in shame over my lack of progress with the challenge, I’m going to use that along with the inspiring stories from this blog and the Facebook page to pull me out of the leaves and back to my writing desk.
Bring on the 2013 challenge!
After years of pushing the creativity boundary in corporate communications, Orly decided it was time for a new challenge. Three women’s fiction manuscripts and a handful of picture books later, she’s found her creative outlet. She’s discovered that life with a 7 year old provides a constant supply of picture book ideas. When not writing she’s trying to hide from her family long enough to read “just one more page. You can find Orly on her website and Twitter.Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Books, Goals, Guest Blogging, Picture Books, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12 in 2012, Author, Authors, Books, Goals, Guest Blog, Julie Hedlund, Orly Konig-Lopez, Picture Books, Tuesday 12 x 12, Writing