Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WIP Day - *Insert spiffy title here*

Hello all!

I know... I usually manage to post in the morning at the wonderful start of the day.  So, why am I posting in the afternoon today?  Simple: My kids had a play date, and we just got back from that awesomeness. Now one kiddo is conked out, one is having a snack, and I finally get a moment to update!

Here we go!

PN Update: Yeah... still querying.  Well, more like sitting back and hoping it catches the eye of someone out there.  I will be honest.  I have gotten my rejections.  And each one hurts, no matter how nice the agent is about it.  I am working hard on developing that "tough skin" we hear so much about... but it's hard!  I have a post planned to rant about that... coming soon.  For now though, just know that PN still exists, still fights... and it's fate will be known, someday.

New WIP:  As I have mentioned before, I am itching to get back to work on In the Blood.  I started ITB a bit over a year ago, then put it on hold to write PN.  Now I want to revamp what I have, finish it, and see what magic happens.  My hangups?

     1.  I really am having a hard time deciding on the POV.  I originally had it in 3rd person, but now I am realizing how 1st person could add to its dynamics... and I just can't decide!  Dilemma people!

     2.  The Title.  While I do love that title... I recently found other books by the same.  I know that those kind of things happen... but I just don't know if I want that to happen for my book.  (Yes, being possessive here. *blows raspberry*)  So, needless as it is, I have been trying to think of a new title.  Trying.

     3.  Have you heard of Camp NaNoWriMo?  No?  Well, simply put, it is NaNoWriMo's solution to having the challenge available year round.  I have signed up for, and I want to do it.  It is planned for me to start in on August 1st, rewrite what I do have then finish this bad boy I call a book.  The prob?  Can I keep waiting until that date hits?  I must...

Do you want to hear more about In the Blood?  A synopsis?  A rant?  Brainstorming?  Let me know.  I am actually very excited to finish this project.  It is very different that PN, and that new world calls to me.  Now I just need to get my butt in gear!

Well, that is it for my WIP day.  How is yours?


Michael Offutt said...

If you're writing YA and are a debut novelist trying to attract an agent, I think that your book won't succeed period unless you write first-person, present tense with a female point-of-view that includes mandatory love triangle and is around 80K words completed. So if you're not doing that...then that's probably one huge reason why agents are not looking at your work. It has nothing to do with your writing which is probably good (you seem smart). I wouldn't let rejections tear you up. Agents are salespeople looking for what they know is being bought by editors in publishing houses. For YA...that's what is being bought. Agents obfuscate the issue a lot so you have to read between the lines..."I'm looking for voice in this narrative and this just doesn't have it..." Well "voice" translates to first-person female.

When you write to be published really you are writing to make money. This isn't an art thing. So throw out all those notions of "I want to contribute to the world my own unique story" because no one cares. They want what is selling, period.

Anyway...this is just my own opinion but it's what I gather from a year of studying blogs and reading books. If you get published and establish a can write whatever you want at that point. So you can go back to the third-person thing.

Brad Jaeger said...

^ I disagree with most of what he says.

Jenni Merritt said...

Well then Brad... What are your thoughts? I am curious!


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