Friday, March 30, 2007

Back to work

Almost all of the conversation scenes are in place and I'm ready to move on to some action. *rubbing hot little hands together* I can't wait. After the passiveness of conversation, I think I'll start with a good ole fashioned, knock down drag out, fist fight. Nicey-nice politeness can only go so far. It's time to get a little forceful. Hmm, thinking, thinking. The smell of testosterone is filling the air.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Double whammy.

They came on the same day. I have to admit, this hurt. Both partials have been rejected. I was really hoping for either of these agents but, it's not to be. One was a straight form rejection. The other said, she liked my writing, creativity, and found many riches, but it didn't lift off the page as much as she'd like. She did say fiction was a very tough genre. *shrug* Not sure what to make of this. So, back to square one.

A good sign.

I remember when this happened while writing COF. I get an idea for a scene, which in actuality is a new thread. This thread will run into the next book. So as I see the thread at length, I have to hop back and forth between the two books while hastily jotting ideas for different scenes. This is fun. I know, I'm strange. The thing is, I get excited about this thread, and it's hard to go back and work on those scenes that are lying in the dust, "resting". I don't mind writing ideas and even ordering chapter events in future books, but I have a rule about working on the next book until the current one is finished. It is too tempting to leave the current one behind. I don't want to end up with two unfinished works. Nope, can't do it. Also, if anything changes or becomes enhanced it could completely affect the next book and, you know what that means. Huge edits. Ugh, who wants that if you can avoid it? Anyway, this is always a good sign. I see plot continuity, and I do a happy dance. You aren't looking for me to demonstrate it, are you? Trust me, it isn't pretty.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

It must be the Slimfast!

What a productive lunch I had. Not only did I get 350 words down, but I also discovered something quite intriguing about a character. The funny thing is, I knew in the beginning of COF there was more to this character than what they let on. Well, today I uncovered their little secret. Who would have ever guessed? Obviously, not me. I made lots of notes and tucked it away. Sadly, we won't get to enjoy this new little tidbit until book 3. I can't wait to write this chapter. I am so tempted to jump ahead and do it now. I love it when this happens.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sigh

A very small part of me says, keep it to yourself, but a bigger part says, this is the reason you created this blog, to allow others to see the path of a would-be novelist. So, *big breath* I heard back from my full today--No. Of course, I'm disappointed but reason is salving the wound quickly.

If you will allow me. When the full was requested, it was accompanied with a note saying, if my love scenes were steamy enough, I might stand a shot. I knew from the beginning my love scenes were more of the sweet nature. But, I sent it anyway. The thing is, my book keeps getting measured to romance standards. It is not a romance book, even though I'm certain that's where it'll be shelved when published. (See, I haven't given up. :))

Am I overlooking something obvious? I have targeted agents who represent historicals. Just because there is a romance in the story, does that make it a romance book? Not according to RWA. Trust me, they pointed this out quite clearly.

So. I still have two partials and a smattering of queries adrift. I know there's an audience for this type of story. I just need to find the agent who also knows it.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Comedic timing, gotta love it.

When I write, I tend to experience everything that happens at that moment, whether it is ambivalence, anger, or sadness. I would hate to write while in front of a mirror. I'm certain, I appear to be quite the drama queen. However, I tend to get very involved with the 'layer' I'm working on and sometimes get tunnel vision and things slip past me. Today, as I re-read a scene, the last line cracked me up so much, I was literally rolling with tears. The image I set up was so unexpected and so perfectly timed, I lost it. I love it when that happens.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Back on track.

I've had another break through. Something has continued to niggle at me while I've been writing. Being a chunk writer, this usually goes away as new chunks develop. But this time, it kept growing. I went back to the basics of writing that we all learned in elementary school. I asked myself, what are the three main things every story needs? Plot, characters, and conflict. Plot. Yes, there is a distinct plot from start to finish. The characters are set in place and have been developed well. Conflict. There is conflict. Wait...there are 'mini' conflicts. Things that happen in individual chapters that are resolved within that chapter or carried into the next. That's it. Where is my central conflict that threads through the entire book? A-ha. That's what's missing. Back to the classroom. Conflict: man against elements, man against himself, man against man. Yup, it's that simple. I can't believe how blatantly obvious the lack of overall conflict was staring me in the face.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

BBH progress update

BBH has become such a challenge. Well, maybe I should say, version two is quite a challenge, ahem. To get a better handle on the storyline, I sat down today with paper and pen and wrote each character's name across the top. Under each name, I listed their part in the story, how they were to interact with other characters, and what their end result would be. Finally, I can see where plot lines will cross and how I will get the characters to that point. I thought COF had an intricate plot. That was nothing compared to this. You know, I could easily make this a very simple story with one or two plot points, but this will be so much more interesting. BBH is a challenge, but I can't wait to see how it develops.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

And then comes the rainbow.

I was asked for a fifty page partial from a top tier agency. eeeeeeee

Friday, March 2, 2007

A little rain.

Today, I heard from the agent from October. She has very nicely declined. I know everyone says to not take it personally and to remember that this is an extremely subjective business, and they are right, but...well, you understand. When I first read the item she commented on, I thought, "How am I supposed to fix that?" What it came down to was a matter of personal preference. I do not begrudge her opinion at all, but it's not something I can change. Oh, well. I still have one partial, one full, and a scattering of queries still afloat. So, we'll see what happens.