So why take the risk? Because I can't not write. Ever since my first story in the third grade, I'd Cross the Desert for Milk (how's that for unique?), I've played around with story ideas and a handful of completed and uncompleted projects.
I decided to get serious four years ago. I joined an amazing organization, the American Christian Fiction Writers. From multi-published, award-winning authors to folks who don't know POV from PMS, ACFW caters to them all. I've been learning ever since.
This past April, I won a full scholarship to the ACFW Conference in Indianapolis this year. A dream come true! I will have the opportunity to attend and report on various workshops that will help me improve my manuscript. I will be able to meet some of my favorite authors. And, I will pitch my novel to an agent. Eeek!
So now, for the second part of my double marathon challenge: finish my WIP that was birthed seven years ago in time for conference. This means I need to complete it by the beginning of August in order to have time for my critique group to read and give their expert advice. I must have a completely polished manuscript by September 17th, or I will not be able to pitch it in this personal, preferred manner.
Another daunting marathon requiring every ounce of perseverance I possess. Another area where failure may meet me at every turn. Another race I'm willing to give my all and give to God.