I don’t write to be famous, I don’t write to be known, I write because I am and I want to be read. How sad to fill a room with paintings no one sees or play music no one hears. Writing is talking without sound, singing without score and dancing without movement and yet, it is all of them. It is a solitary art conjured from thought and expressed by the need to communicate.

HEAD SLAPS, SPEED BUMPS and LIGHTBULBS, one woman's WTF, oops and ah-ha moments of life.

They were published once, and as every writer knows, once is not enough.




Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rise baby rise



I have forty-five minutes before I have to leave for work so pardon typo’s and other asshole mistakes because I want to post this NOW.

Resurrection is an odd word, depending on what is being resurrected, Christ, yeah we all get that, there’s relationships, jobs, and attempting again that which has been at times considered failure.
Seven years ago I wrote a book; a first book.  Like most first attempts at novel writing a lot of me is in there, not directly, but as something to draw upon.

Early on I queried that novel, and early on it was rejected, and should have been. The book was crap, the story wasn’t. On the shelf it went.

Then something magical happened and again out of the ashes it rose, rewritten a few more times, queried often and again...back on the shelf. A third time I took it down off the shelf and handed it around to anyone who would read it and I was brought to my knees weeping by the positive responses, but they weren’t pros, they were readers; query, cry, on the shelf.

Seven years and I have decided I’m going to resurrect and try again until someone; anyone with the gatekeeper’s power will have at it.

An on-line writer friend recommended I read something about structure, (thank you D) and what I discovered is that by chance my novel has the characters, elements, structure and the story, which according to the experts are the fundamentals of a successful novel. Who would have thought I did it by chance?

Okay so this in MY opinion. I get that. But I’m running out of shelf space. My fire is built and as the smoke billows, my bird has spread her wings and is flying again.

When do you give up?

7 comments:

  1. Remember a Phoenix arises out of the ashes and is reborn. So be your novel.

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  2. Hey Cook, From your mouth to God's ear. Ya know I think I've said that to you before.

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  3. How many times was JK Rowling turned down before someone took a hit at Harry Potter? It was double digits.

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  4. I know Jennine.
    Kathryn Stockett's HELP was 60 times. My problem is that I queried unbelievably too soon, then way too soon, then too soon. I've gone through a lot of agents and because I'm thinking it's finally ready, and I'm going from too soon to now, I hope I haven't used up my chances.

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    1. I wouldn't think so. With the changes you made, it will be like a new piece to them!

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  5. Your book will get there...and the other thing to keep in mind is this...your own words - you can't win if you don't play. Keep playing.

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    1. I buy my ticket every time I hit send.

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