Congratulations and an enormous round of applause to all of you who did the May Mid-Grade Madness!
No matter your word count, you should be proud that you took on the challenge. You are amazing!
I was hoping to report my mid-grade victory, but unfortunately I won’t be doing that. As fellow writers, we share much of the triumphs and struggles encountered in pursuing our craft. Those of you whom I just applauded had a triumph last month. I, on the other hand, had my own struggle and stepped away from the keyboard to attend to what matters most – my husband and children. My daughter’s horse had to be euthanized after emergency surgery on the 18th. It was a devastating loss that left her heart broken and us mourning a precious member of our family. He was more than a pet – he was her best friend, partner and teammate. My only focus was getting my family through a difficult time.
I know that I am not alone in this struggle. You all have family, friends, school and jobs that are priorities. It’s a constant juggling act – one we gladly do. Because while writing is our passion, it would ring hollow without that which makes life worth writing about. That’s why I’m sharing this with you. We often garner advice about how to set aside time for our craft and achieve goals as we navigate our lives. Sometimes, though, life happens and we have to set aside our writing, if only for a moment. The important thing is to return and hopefully infuse our experiences into our writing, making it more human. And the more human our writing, the better.
Now let’s celebrate your accomplishment! Comment below and tell us how you did diving into middle grade waters. Did you discover a home in a new genre? Start a new novel that you’re in love with? Invigorate your writing and get totally inspired? Whatever it is, we want to hear about it. Don’t be shy and don’t worry if you didn’t hit the word count. What matters is that you went for it!
Have a great week!