Janet Lee Carey-Dreamwalks DreamWalks Janet Lee Carey Award-winning author of novels for children and young adults

LEAP DAY

Here I am on the edge of the cliff and stalling. Well who wouldn’t stall before taking a leap? The leap I’m referring to is the next writing phase. I finished my rough draft (all 349 pages of it) On Tuesday. That’s 240 pages in a little over two months. A new record for me and all because of the looming deadline (Sept. 1st) Now it’s just a matter of reading it and marking needed changes on the manuscript and I’ve stalled out.

This phase of the process always terrifies me. Will the story delight or dismay? How much rewrite I’m I looking at here? How much will I need to cut, change, redo? I won’t know until I read it. I have No Time to waste here, so I better stop stalling and take the leap!

Blogging is one of the ways I’m stalling. It’s also a public confession to make me accountable. Now that I’ve confessed I’ve been holding back, unwilling to dive into the printed page, I have nowhere to go but in. I must have the courage of my craft, count to three, and jump.

Today is leap day.



May you have the courage of your craft.

Until next time

dream well

Janet

(cliff photo by Bruce Denney)

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