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Monday, April 19, 2010

A Small Glimpse At My Writing Desk

Apparently, I’m not too quick on the draw. It took me two months and over fifty followers before I realized, “Hey, it might be a good idea to tell people what I’m doing.”
So here goes...

Last spring, I wrote a YA paranormal romance as a way to take my mind off this epic book series I was working on. I didn’t want to quit writing all together, but the rejections kept piling up. So, I decided to write something on the side, a quirky little story/satire on life in my small town. I would tell you more about it, but then I would have to kill you, which would be a shame because I LOVE you all…passionately.

After six weeks of writing, I stepped back and said, “Wow, this is pretty good!”

I took a few weeks to polish and package it then queried about three agents, including the lovely, kick ass, and cuddly Kathleen Ortiz, who signed me a week later.

I have to say, I had mixed feelings about this. I worked on my old series for five years and got over 30 rejections and yet I jot down a quick story and I got signed right away. It’s odd how life changes, how timing is EVERYTHING and how things work out so much better if I stop trying so hard. It took me a while to truly ENJOY my writing and not bust a blood vessel in order to get it done. Honestly, I can’t express how much fun I had writing that new manuscript and I believe that’s how it should be. It took years to find confidence in what I say and allow it to flow naturally.

I recently looked back at my old series and realized that not only was if flawed, it was too long and it sounded like twelve different writers. Maybe after a serious editing job and face lift, I’ll resubmit it, but right now I’ll take it for what it is— a great experience and a lesson that I’ll never forget.

7 comments:

  1. I love to hear stories like this! Seriously. Thanks so much for sharing and good luck to you!

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  2. Hey, in those five years, you learned your lessons.

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  3. It looks like you learned a few lessons along the way, and it's great that one of those is that writing should be fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Have I already mentioned that you've inspired me to delve into something new? My first "baby" has been driving me crazy lately, and I've seen a ton of rejections. After reading your comment on my blog post, I've already written a page on something new--and you know what? I kinda enjoyed myself. :)

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  5. Considering your YA novel sounds great, I'm not too disappointed about your series. Now I just have to hope the YA book gets published so I can read it. :)

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  6. Not trying too hard is something I def. have an issue with. It's good to read your post and realize that others are the same way as well. I am very much inspired to work on my "fun" project now and step away from the idea that I HAVE to put blood, sweat, and tears into everything I write. Thanks!

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