Before I tell you all about it, I just want to let you know that I'm visiting Crystal today. If you can spot the lie over there, you stand a chance to win a copy of The Vanished Knight.
So. I might have mentioned this before, but I'm a firm believer in challenging myself in order to become a better writer.
That's why I set such a huge amount of writing goals, and why such a huge goal is at to top of the blog.
Today... I felt inspired to take on a whole bevy of challenges by deciding to take on a book I've been toying with since last year.
I put it off because:
1) It's not a genre I usually write. This one's a mystery.
2) It probably won't sell anywhere but in my native country, in my native language (Afrikaans).
3) #2 means that my scope of royalty making would be pretty small, right? Right.
But. Today, my Afrikaans writer gran mentioned that she's thinking about entering this writing competition. The winners stand a chance to win anything from $4000 to $20,000 AND a contract with the biggest publishing company in South Africa. AND! The books have to be Afrikaans.
That equals some serious brownie points in any industry.
Needless to say, I'm going for it. This isn't about the money, but hey, it does make up for any lack of royalties I might get. And the book stands a chance of getting published.
See, even if I don't win, the publishing house takes first option on all entrants. In my mind, that equates to a full manuscript submission (right off the bat) to the Afrikaans equivalent of a Big 6 publisher.
I can't miss it. Just can't.
Oh there are multiple ones:
1) It's in a genre I haven't ever tried to write.
2) It's set in a time that, if I get anything wrong, it'll piss a lot of people off.
3) I have a bit more than seven months to research, write and edit the whole thing.
4) Which means that if I'm to stand a chance, I need to significantly deviate from my usual method. I.E. One draft. No hand writing. Editing without CPs (except my gran, who's awesome (seriously, I have no idea where to find other Afrikaans speaking CPs)). Planning said rough draft. *shudders*
5) I'm also preparing two other books for submission, while editing a third for publication.
6) And. The guest house refurbishment needs to continue.
Still, I'm going for it.
Because I'm brave.
Because I'm unhinged (or will be by September).
Because if I don't take this chance, I'll never be able to take myself seriously as a professional writer.
Watch this space.