Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Feeling Frustrated

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavannah. To learn more about our group, click on Alex's name.

As you all know, last month I was in the throws of outlining my next novel.  After it was completed, I realized, much to my dismay, that the plot was derivative. Not all of it, but enough so that I needed to work on it some more.  I finally came up with a unique concept that I don't think has been done yet. The problem is it completely changes the story I had in mind.  Now  I'm having a hard time coming up with the ending as well.

 I really hoped to have the outline ready in time for Nano, but no such luck. Worse, most days I work. By the time I sit down at night, my brain is fried. With only a few days a week to devote to my novel, it's going to take forever to complete.  Don't get me wrong, I'm going to keep pecking away at it, but sometimes I just wish there were more hours in the day. Has anyone else experienced these types of feelings. If so, I'd be interested to know how you overcame them. Until next time my friends, happy writing. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I'm Back and Boy It Feels Good

Hello All,

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh.  It seems hard to believe that four months have passed since my last post. I have always been a supporter of the ISWG, but my life came to a point where I just  needed a break from the world of writing.

As many of you know, I had completed my novel and was in the middle of the querying process. A couple of agents showed interest in the project, and so did  an editor with one of the publishing houses.  That sounds great right--a new author getting that kind of attention? Well, as it turned out, it wasn't quite the attention I had hoped for. One of the agents and the editor suggested I make major changes to my project--cut whole sections, etc, and then send it back to them. It would have taken months, maybe a year to complete the work. I wasn't opposed to the rewrite, but the problem was neither one made any promises of publication. Nor did they even hint at it.

After five years of working on the book, I just didn't have anything left to give. Disillusioned and disappointed, I set the project aside. A large part of me wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue the craft anymore. If felt as if I'd lost my passion.

Then, one day while cleaning my office, I came across my ideas book.  As I thumbed through the pages, I suddenly realized just how much I'd missed writing. I seized the moment and began outlining my next novel.  Three weeks later, I'm finally on ACT III.  I  haven't felt this excited about a project in months. It's a YA Fantasy set in Montana.  I was a little concerned it might be derivative--share comment elements with another story--- a young girl moves to an Indian reservation. However, the plot is so different,  I decided, what the hell--write the book I want to write and let the chips fall where they will. Soooo, l guess what I'm trying to say here is, I'm back and boy it feels good. Until next month. Happy writing. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tired and Disillusioned

It's time for the May segment of the ISWG.  For more information regarding this wonderful group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh click on his name.

Hello all,

I certainly hope you're having a good month. As for me, well, I received two rejections and it's only six days in.  The first came from the agent who suggested I make changes to my chapters. Although she liked my MC and the premise of the story, she felt it needed to be streamlined. Also, she said the pacing might be too fast now. I can't win. She did invite me to send my pages to her again once I completed the revisions.  

The second  rejection came from a small publishing house. The editor added a  personal note, stating that he was close on my novel.  He felt that some stories should be told and mine was one of them. I must say that was one of the best rejections I've ever received. Still a rejection, but a nice one.

A copy editor has my novel right now. I hope she can help me get it in tip top shape. Then, I'll submit to publishers who accept unsolicited MS. If they don't like the story, I'll self publish. At this point, I'm just tired. I'm also insecure that if I don't move on from my current WIP, I'll be writing and rewriting the same story for the rest of my days, with nothing more than a "Maybe" waiting down the road..  

 I've already begun the research for my next book, a YA time travel piece.  I love to write and well, sometimes that has to be enough. I can't help but feel if I continue to write stories, someday I'll be published. Don't get me wrong, I don't write because I want to be published. Quite the opposite.  I want to be published because I write. Nothing would give me greater joy than to make a living doing the one thing I love. Hope runs eternal... Until next time, happy writing. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Don't Fear Change, Embrace It: Life's a Journey of Lessons and Experiences

Hello All,
It's time for another Insecure Wrtier's Support Group. If you're interested in learning more about the monthly blog hop, click here: Alex J. Cavanaugh

As many of you know, a literary agent recently critiqued the first ten pages of my novel. Although, the premise was intriguing, she found ch.2  slow and  thought it introduced too many characters. She provided suggestions on ways to improve the chapter and pacing.

Anyone that knows me well, will tell you I'm averse to change.  I felt overwhelmed by the amount of time it would take to revise my chapter.  And that didn't include the ripple effects on the rest of the novel.

At one point, I even considered tossing the project out the window and beginning anew. Then, my husband, the voice of reason, talked me into following through with the changes. Needless to say, I'm glad he did. The changes taught me so much about the importance of pacing in fiction.

After almost two months of writing, rewriting and writing again, I'm almost done with the revisions. The novel is far richer and the characters have more dimension and texture than before. There's a moral to  this story. Essentially, don't fear change, embrace it. Life's a journey of lessons and experiences. If we hide from them, then we'll never grow as writers or as people.  

 I plan to submit the first fifty pages to the agent at the end of next week, after my writer's group meets. For the first time in years, I really feel good about my novel. I think it's FINALLY where it needs to be. Let's just hope the agent agrees as well. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. Until next time my friends, happy writing.    

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Drop in an Endless Sea of Writers

Hello all,

It's time for the February segment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.   

As many of you may know, I had partials out to two agents last month. Well, I finally received responses from them. The first one said she loved the fast paced opening, but thought the second chapter was too slow.  The next agent hated the fast paced opening.  With two conflicting expert opinions before me, I wasn't sure how to proceed next.

Luckily,  I happened upon an Agent One-On-One Boot Camp hosted by Writers Digest. I won't bore you with too many details, but basically the participants were required to attend an online workshop hosted by three literary agents. Afterward, the author submitted their queries and the first ten pages of their manuscripts for critique to an assigned agent.

Overall, I was very pleased with the feedback I received. The agent agreed that the second chapter was too slow and offered suggestions about how to fix it.  She also invited me to send her the first 50 pages if I took her advice.  Well, I'd be crazy If I didn't, LOL.

Although this is positive news, and I now know what areas in my story need improvement,  I often feel like a drop in an endless sea of writers.  The process is so nerve racking and daunting.  How do you all deal with it? I'd welcome any and all advice on how to weather the choppy waters until my book finds a home.  Guess I'll close for now.  Until next time, happy writing my friends.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

First ISWG Post of the New Year

It's time for the January segment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Instead of discussing my insecurities this month, I've decided to begin the New Year on a positive note. In an effort to encourage reading in my household, and discourage my son's use of the "Idiot box," our family has set aside a reading  time from 9:30 -10:00 each weeknight. So far, knock on wood, it's really taken off. My son is half way through the Hobbit, and he's looking forward to beginning The Lord of the Rings.

As for me,  I have a job interview scheduled on Friday, and last but not least, an agent requested the first five pages of my MS. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the way 2015 has begun. Now I'll head over to Alex's blog and check out how the other members are faring. Until next time my friends, happy writing.   

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Blogger Dummie needs help---PLEASE!!!!

Seasons greetings everyone,

I have an idea that will help a lot of self published and unpublished authors get ahead. However, I can't move forward with it until I figure out how to create a navigation bar with a link. I'd like the "idea" to show on the face of the Nav bar. Then when the reader clicks on it, they'll be transported to the sign up link. 

 I considered switching to Word Press, but wow!!! I think it's safe to say I won't be Forrest Gumping my way through that one. I tried finding the answer on youtube, but the instructors on the two links I chose, either smoked a whole bunch of crack before they began teaching the class, or they OD'd on their ADHD meds that day. Needless to say, I didn't take away much from their instruction. Any and all help/advice would be greatly appreciated. 

Sorry that my technology skills date back to Jurassic Park. I'm trying to at least get to the Dark Ages, LOL.