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 […]
Tag: So You Want to be a Writer?
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 […]
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 […]