Since our last play date…
I revised my query letter one last time. Seriously. This is the last one. (Stop laughing.) After my last post, a talented, experienced author offered to read my letter. She gave me advice that made my inner tuning fork hum. I felt the rightness of it, updated my letter, and sent it to an agent that makes me starry eyed and hopeful. I thought this: It takes a village to write a good query letter.
I attended a creative workshop hosted by singer/songwriter/creative coach Juliana Finch. In it, she talked about “creative detours.” A creative detour is when you sit down to do one thing, and find your creative self hijacked by a different piece of work. I tend to fight that impulse, but she was saying that sometimes, in letting go, in working on the other thing, you find your imagination expands, your creative flow builds up some steam. Often, it’s easier to come back to the original project. I like the idea of that. I like the name, “creative detour.” I think some interesting stuff can be found off road.
In that funny way that the universe has of making sure you get its message, I came across this post about saying YES to, well… your soul. I think creative detours and this philosophy of YES are related. And beautiful. And inspiring.
I wrote a (very) short story that I’m really proud of. You can read it here. (I hope you do.)
Your turn. Tell me about your creative detours, or what you’re saying yes to, or what you’re insanely proud of right now.
JUDY CLEMENT WALL is a freelance writer and Course Presenter for the Fear of Writing Online Course. She’s just finished her first novel, Beautiful Lives, and here at FoW is chronicling her quest to find a publisher. You can read more of her series here. Judy blogs about life, love, writing and cheesecake at Zebra Sounds.