I wrote my first query letter to a publisher when I was in the fourth grade. For those of you that have not come across this term before, a query letter is a proposal that a writer sends to a publisher to try to sell their work. This could contain a synopsis of their story, a sample chapter, some background on the author, or a variety of other things depending on the type of work. This publisher did not accept my idea for a zoo "abc" book, but they were kind enough to write back and encourage me to keep going.
It has been a few years and the idea of being able to write for a living has continued to nag at me and story ideas constantly fill my head, however, I have let the notion that my initial product must be perfect (which is completely ridiculous) hinder me from even attempting to write. One might see the evidence in this in the difference between the date of my first "MultifacetMom" Instagram post, April 18, 2018, and the date of this first post of the blog that I hoped to write, July 2, 2021. What a waste! I have decided that the time is now to conquer the most difficult, dreaded, draining part of being a writer... just starting to write.
In this vein, I am drawing inspiration from a talented weaver of tales, who also happens to be a great friend of mine for ...seventeen years! (Wow, when did that happen!?) The fantastic, fiction, fabricator himself, Chris Felts. If you have not had the privilege to be awed by his work, take a moment to check him out on Amazon (Can you say, legit!) https://www.amazon.com/Christopher-Felts/e/B00IW1BK8U?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4&qid=1625249134&sr=1-4 He is hardworking and dedicated to his craft, but has realized that sometimes publicizing your challenges, such as his popular, "Write Everyday in November", helps to fuel your work and keep you accountable. Chris, be prepared to feel flattered as I mimic your method. Though it is not November, or the first of the year, the first of the month, a Monday, or any day a sane person would traditionally try to start anything, I have decided to begin today (Friday, July 2, 2021) and write a blog post here everyday for 30 days. There are all sorts of theories on how long it takes a habit to form, but I have decided that this will give me a good benchmark for progress.
"Who the heck do you think you are and what could you possibly be writing about for a month?"
Great question, self. Thanks for asking. (Yes, I will work on the corny stuff. Can you tell I'm a little nervous?) In this blog, I hope to share my experiences of working in a variety of industries (and the variety is quite various), being a mother, NICU time, traveling, and fighting for that impossible goal of "having it all" that we have all been beaten and brainwashed into thinking we can accomplish.
Thank you for starting this journey with me and be sure to follow me on Instagram @multifacetmom !
Day 1: Complete! Now to reward myself with a viewing of Something's Gotta Give while I make my dinner from Hello Fresh (not a sponsor...yet? ;) ).
Rayna Moore -
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