12 x 12 Update: Month 1

12 Feb

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Well, I did it.  I beat the 12×12 January deadline and completed a picture book draft by the end of the month.  The trouble is, it stinks.  The concept is good, but the execution is sorely lacking.

I did it in rhyme.  I don’t know why.  Rhyme is not my thing.  I can rhyme, but, well…okay, I really can’t rhyme all that well. I know what words rhyme,of course, but I’m terrible with meter. It was just that the story was about a sassy young girl and a lilting rhyme kind of sounded good.

What I need to do is put it away for a while and pull it out later when I can look at it more objectively.  Maybe I’ll edit it.  Maybe I’ll change it completely to non-rhyming.  Maybe I’ll just put it away again.

It was still a good exercise, no matter what.  Sometimes doing something totally uncomfortable stretches us and makes us even better at the things with which we’re already comfortable.  If that logic holds, I should be really good at something by year end!

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7 Responses to “12 x 12 Update: Month 1”

  1. ticklingthemuse February 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Yay! Congrats on finishing your first book, and definitely take a look at it later; you may feel differently.

    • pursuingthemuse February 16, 2012 at 2:14 am #

      Thanks for your unwavering support, my friend!

  2. Genevieve February 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    File it under Gotta-Start-Somewhere, ’cause you gotta start somewhere. Congratulations. January draft – DONE.

    • pursuingthemuse February 20, 2012 at 1:54 am #

      Thank you! Hope you are moving along with your writing for 12×12 as well!

  3. hostingthemuse February 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Congratulations!

  4. JRMcRae February 19, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    You’ve broken the barrier – off & running! 🙂

    • pursuingthemuse February 20, 2012 at 1:54 am #

      Thank you!

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