To Write, or Not to Write?

Just a heads up, I'm going to vent a little bit today, and I hope you'll all forgive me. It's been a rather rough week; full of good things, of course, but full of hard things as well.

This accurately shows how I feel today...
I mentioned last week that I was lucky enough to get "passed" into the agent round of Cupid's "Agent Speed Dating" contest. I'll be completely honest and say I was hoping for the best and expecting the worst. This is my first, like VERY first, manuscript. And while I feel really good about it, I've wanted to make some changes to it for a while. I'm taking this time before the agent round begins to do that, in the hopes that if I do get chosen for a partial or full I'll have something really amazing to show.

I know I can edit. I'm great at spotting typo's, and I can usually catch awkward sentences and word placement, though I have a bit harder time of it in my own work.

Because of that I'm not nervous about making changes so quickly. However, I am a little hesitant about adding some of the sub-plot ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while...

I guess my question is, do I complicate things now? The elements I want to put in don't change any of the information in the query, so I'm not worried about that... or do I wait until I have an agent and throw the ideas at them hoping they'll like them?

Like I said, this is my first MS, so I may just end up scrapping the whole thing eventually anyway. But if my mess of a query and *pretty good* first 250 got past the bouncers, that tells me I've got something... right?

Am I being too hopeful for a beginner?



Have you ever had this dilemma? I haven't even started querying yet, because I've been so nervous. I've been working on this MS off and on for a year, and I still don't feel like it's really where I want it to be. At the same time, I'm anxious to get started!

1 comment

  1. That's a tough one, Darci. Do YOU feel like it's finished as-is? If you feel like story is complete, it doesn't hurt to start querying. You could always have them in mind if an agent signs you and wants more plot.


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