Can you believe that the ladies at YA Highway have hosted 100, count it, 100 Road Trip Wednesday posts?? Well, they have! And this week, in honor of reaching the 100 Mile Marker, the ladies want to know:
You mean, we get to shed light on our successful (okay not always successful) writing stories thus far? Don’t mind if we do!
Wow, where do I begin? I have definitely been on a journey since I participated in my first RTW. First of all, this blog began as a solo venture, but then I joined forces with my annoying/lovable/most-awesome-person-in-the-world cousin, Quita. Second, I’ve written three, count them, THREE YA novels: one is a hopefully funny contemporary that I’ll soon be revising, another is a supernatural modern tale about fairies that I wrote for NaNo 2010. And the third? Well, the third is my baby, Wants. And why is it my baby? Well, because it landed me the incredible Sarah LaPolla, who has just put my shiny new version of said baby back on submission (fingers crossed).
So what lies ahead? Well, I’m trying NaNo again this year, and I’m possibly delving back into my dark, contemporary roots this time around. I have a couple of ideas for future novels scrawled in my journal, so now I just have to find out which one is calling me next. Oh, and even though I graduated with my MFA in creative writing this past summer, I actually have to defend my thesis, gulp, TODAY. Wish me luck!
Since I began to take my writing seriously (about two or so years ago now) I’ve completed three novels, and “graduated” from my MFA program (for which I wrote a collection of short stories). Two of my novels have been through the ringer numerous times. My historical, In Limbo, is completely different from its first draft (which I wrote over a year and a half ago). It’s moved from a single POV story about a white boy in love with a white girl, to a two person POV novel–and that white girl is now African American. Two agents have a full of this manuscript at the moment, one of which seems like she’s REALLY excited about it–we’ll see where that goes.
My other novel, The Blues, a contemporary mystery (I began writing this one a year and ten days ago), came close with three agents and finally one requested a revise and resubmit. I’m still working on the revise part. The final novel was a NaNo project–my foray into the world of paranormal/supernatural and I hated it. I think I’m just not good at telling those kinds of stories–at least not in one month. Maybe if I try and revise it, it might be okay…you never know. Now I’m on my way to taking another shot at NaNo–this time with a quiet story, and I’m gearing up to defend my MFA thesis next week. WHEW! I think that’s it.
Now that you know all of me and Pam’s bidness, how has your writing journey been so far?