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My Writer's Journal

What I'm Working on Now

I haven't written in this journal for almost 21 months. My excuse is that I've been too busy writing. GIRL WITH A CAMERA came out earlier this month, but long before that I had begun work on the next project, a novel based on the life of the American painter, Georgia O'Keeffe.

But that's not all I've been doing. I've been coming up with ideas and having them shot down almost as fast as I put them out there. This is something every writer deals with at some point in the writing life: you have ideas, you draw up the proposal with sample chapters, maybe you even write the book, and then you send it to your literary agent, or to an editor you've worked with for a long time, or maybe somebody you don't know at all, and you hope for the best. Sometimes it works. Many times it doesn't. So you try again--submit it to a new place, or try a different idea. You try not to get discouraged, but it's hard not to.

A couple of my ideas are out there now. Maybe they'll be accepted; maybe not. Whatever happens, I'll try again. That's what writers do.
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