Into the world of writers, that is. I got my first rejection from an agent day before yesterday for my children's mystery story. This morning, I re-vamped my query and synopsis, did some minor edits and sent it out again. Such is the life of the struggling writer!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Over the past few months, I've really felt God working in my life. Quite differently from the previous months. But it wasn't His fault.
Cooked up by Mysti at 10:54 AM
Monday, January 18, 2010
It almost feels like a new job now. But one I like.
Cooked up by Mysti at 1:17 PM
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Writing, that is. Like anything else. I'm venturing into dark and scary waters and I'm tempted to jump back out on shore. But, nope, I'm staying in. I can swim...a little. I've decided to always keep in mind that I have no delusions of grandeur. I don't expect to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. I don't expect any bestsellers. What I do expect is to enjoy what I do and to keep at it a little every day. I expect to learn and learn and learn. To find my own unique "authorial voice".
How does a writer do that? I'm not quite sure yet, but I'm reading a lot about writing. Sounds kind of unproductive, but there is a wealth of information out there in Google-land. Writing articles, critique groups, classes, etc. I'm actively exploring every possibility. And trying to avoid those negativities that tell me I'll never make it. There's a lot of that out there too. Filtering out all that takes some concentration.
But I remember some very encouraging words from my mama, who was a great encourager to me. She said I could do anything if I put my mind to it. That is the key to success in anything. If your mind and heart are not fully dedicated to something, you'll not really succeed in it. So mind and heart, prepare for an on-going workout in this business of writing.
Cooked up by Mysti at 8:39 AM
Saturday, January 09, 2010
I found a legitimate agent this week and sent in my synopsis. Hoping it will be sooner than four months before I hear from her. But I won't hold my breath.
In other writing news, I've joined a neat forum for fantasy/sci-fi writers and hoping to get some good feedback there. I also finished chapter 3 of the 5th story in my fantasy series.
We shall see what the coming week brings. Tootles.
Cooked up by Mysti at 6:01 PM
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Now I have learned that I need to do more research before sending my queries to an agent. I just researched this particular agency tonight and there are many negative reviews that claim the company is not legit. They apparently charge people money for a "critique" after they say they're interested in your manuscript. I still have yet to hear from them, but I will be saying, "Thanks, but no thanks" to them. The search for a legitimate agent begins.
Cooked up by Mysti at 8:36 PM
Monday, January 04, 2010
So I've had this children's mystery story that I wrote a few months ago just sitting here--all unedited and lonely. I decided it needed a new home. I did some final editing, Googled a children's literary agent, and submitted a synopsis. Hopefully, I'll hear back in a few days. Even if it's my first rejection, I hope I get some positive feedback that I can use to improve and not just a form letter. We'll see!
Cooked up by Mysti at 3:52 PM
Sunday, January 03, 2010
As of today, I have one story set to publish this spring, two for next spring, and two more to edit and send off. Today, I began my next short story--number 5 in a series set in a fantasy world of my own design. This one, I'm liking so far, hoping it will grow and develop strongly along the way. If you like elves, dragons, action, intrigue, and romance, I think you'll like this one.
I'm also in the beginning stages of a potential novel. Right now, it's a bit daunting to even think about writing an entire novel, but I'm following a snowflake method from this website: http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/snowflake.php I'm excited to see how far I can take it. The plot so far seems pretty interesting, yet there will be much-needed research involved. Hopefully, my brain will hold up to that task.
I'm hopeful about this new year and my new endeavors. I'm not sure what is around the corner, but I hope to enjoy the ride!
Cooked up by Mysti at 8:17 PM