Category: Writing

Querying an Agent is Terrifying

Querying an Agent is Terrifying

I am a prolific writer, and world-class yellow-bellied chicken.  I have finished drafts of seven novels.  I have queried zero agents.  Why? To a backwoods girl with big dreams, querying a “big-city” agent is terrifying.  Here’s why: I have zero literary connections. I have attended zero fancy writing conferences. I have zero professional proofreading connections. I have zero non-professional reliable proofreading connections. I have almost zero social media presence. I feel like no matter how many times I revise, my story is never good enough. So where, then, to begin? I have to change all those zeroes into positive numbers.  Attend writing […]

Posted July 11, 2017 in Writing // 4 Comments //
Camp NaNoWriMo 2017; Update #1

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017; Update #1

Sometimes, characters surprise you. It’s the reason that I have difficulty writing  on an outline, and why I can’t seem to keep a story consistent between drafts. I’ve been sick the last couple of days (sinus infection, ugh) and hadn’t been writing.  I sat down this morning to revise chapter seven.  In this chapter, Lucy has learned that the things she imagines becomes real, so she decides to create a way for herself to escape.  Only, naturally, it doesn’t go as planned. In this rewrite, Lucy’s character has evolved a lot.  When I wrote this story back in 2011, I […]

Posted July 9, 2017 in My Stories, Writing // 0 Comments //
Camp NaNoWriMo… Again.

Camp NaNoWriMo… Again.

Since I commute 90 miles to work, I stopped doing NaNoWriMo.  I didn’t have time and more importantly, I didn’t have energy.  Realistically, I have 8 different novels that have been (sloppily) written from beginning to end, and there comes a point in a girl’s life where she has to acknowledge that if these puppies are ever going to see the light of day, they need some revisions. I am terrible at revisions.  I like the editing, but not the rewriting.  Essentially what happens is, I take the original story, use it as an outline, and then go in and […]

Posted June 29, 2017 in Writing // 0 Comments //
The Creature

The Creature

Wulf wrapped his fingers around the rock. It was jagged, and dirty. He felt its rough edges cutting against his palm, but he didn’t care. He cared only about the weight of it, and the truth of his aim. He lifted his weapon slightly off the ground so that the blades of grass barely brushed against the bottom and his fingers. They were like little bug bites, and he lifted his fingers a hair higher, the heaviness of the rock pulling at his muscles at the awkward height. Wulf forced himself to ignore the discomfort – the beast was more […]

Posted November 3, 2016 in My Stories, Writing // 0 Comments //
I am Not Immune to the NaNoBug (but I Have to Wear Bugspray)

I am Not Immune to the NaNoBug (but I Have to Wear Bugspray)

I love NaNoWriMo. I love the deadline, and the knowledge of winning.  I always win, you see.  But I simply can’t do it anymore.  Ah, NaNo.  We had five glorious years together and produced eight delightful “books”. But yet, that’s the problem. “Books” not books.  Because what I write for NaNoWriMo comes from the sputtering of “two thousand words, two thousand words”.  It’s not quality.  Quite often, it’s rambling.  It’s the very worst of “I don’t know where I’m going with this, but hey look, words!!!“. NaNoWriMo has its perks.  It forced me to put down stories that had been bouncing around in […]

Posted October 31, 2016 in My Stories, Writing // 0 Comments //
Books Require Lots of Words

Books Require Lots of Words

I’m not sure why this is still surprising to me, but books have so many words in them.  No matter how many words I write, they want more.  For example, I can write 8,000 words and in that time, my character can travel from one town to another and accomplish nothing because there weren’t enough words.  Or I can have a running total of 27,000 and still be in chapter three.  Because words.  I don’t have enough.  Yet. That’s the beauty of writing. I am the mistress of the words and if I need more, I have them.  They may […]

Posted November 3, 2015 in Writing // 0 Comments //