Tag: So You Want to be a Writer?

Querying an Agent is Terrifying

Querying an Agent is Terrifying

Posted July 11, 2017
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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 […]

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Where Do Stories Come From?

Where Do Stories Come From?

Posted July 30, 2014
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Close by, my Matthew had recently discovered – and devoured – the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini, and is presently listening to an interview with Paolini.  One of the first questions, as there always is, was asked: “Where do your ideas come from?” Where indeed? There are some books I read and find them clearly to be branches from the inspiration of other novels, and other still come from asking the question: “What if?”  The ancient Greeks invoked the muses, a practice that continues today as those with writer’s block complain that their muse is silent. A friend of mine and […]

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Guys, I Know a Writer!  OR THREE!

Guys, I Know a Writer! OR THREE!

Posted July 18, 2012
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I think that this winter was the winter of inspiration. I’ve been working in a copy & print shop for over four years now and I do see the odd manuscript from time to time.  Most of the things I’ve seen have been memoirs (note to self: someday, rant about memoirs) but for some reason, last month, I saw three different manuscripts.  All originally came through in the same week.  And one of them?  It’s really getting published*. As a writer I love seeing the manuscripts come through the shop.  Granted, even when I skim them, I spend a great […]

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