July 16, 2010

The Black Walls of Writer's Block

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I've started a new novel. I was 10,000 words in when I decided it wasn't working for me. I mean, I liked the story, but something was wrong. I had no idea what. So, I thought I'd try skipping a few chapters, but I find I can't go forward when I don't know where I've been. It's like trying to walk when your legs have been cut off, at least that's the way it is for me.

Then, I tried something I've never done. Switching characters. I decided to do a few chapters in the head of my love interest, and voila! Renewed interest. I've found a much more exciting plot and even a couple of subplots too. I know that no two writers write the same, but I thought I would share in case you've hit a wall. My writing life is full of frustrating, scary, brick walls, and I find that they are the most prevalent in the first five to ten thousand pages.

What about you? What do you do to overcome and conquer? Let's help each other.

July 13, 2010

My First Code

defib Pictures, Images and PhotosIt's been a long weekend, one that started off like no other. I witnessed a man die on Friday. One minute he was clutching his shoulder and complaining of pain and the next he was on a stretcher and his eyes were rolling into the back of his head. The medics, a nurse, and the doctors were able to bring him back, but who knows what damage has been done. I've been thinking about him all weekend, about his wife and how she must have felt when she got that life-altering phone call, if he has any children and if he does, how are they coping? If he's still alive even...

Seeing something like this really makes me think about my own life and question why I am putting things off until tomorrow when I can be doing them today. You have no idea when you're number is up and I think this is something people take for granted on a daily basis. I know I do. I feel like I am living for the future and not for today.

I think I am still in shock over what happened, more so because I have no idea if, when I'm qualified, I will able to perform under pressure. While they worked on this man, I was numb, not a single thought passed through my mind. And afterwards, I thanked the Lord that there was enough people that they didn't need me to be hands on. Instead, I ran around and grabbed what I was told to grab and took what I was told to take.

Friday night, I went for a drive by myself--to cry for a while. I have no idea why. Maybe it was me getting over the adrenaline. Maybe it was because I had witnessed something so devastating that it was overwhelming. Or maybe I just felt like I didn't do enough, or that I could have done something faster, quicker, better. Or maybe I've never been so close to death that I could feel it in the room. Either way, becoming a nurse assures me that I will see much more of this and I have to find a way to cope, and accept the fact that not all of those that arrest will come back. It's just an unsettling fact of life.

July 08, 2010

Partial Request

Just when I get good and frustrated, I get a request for a partial... :) I just opened an email from an agent in NY who is asking for my first 50.

New stats:
Querys sent: 101
Rejected: 46
No response: 55
Partials Requested: 2
Partials Rejected: 1
Fulls Requested: 1
Fulls Rejected: 1

July 03, 2010

Completed Revisions for Five Islands

Rejection Pictures, Images and PhotosRevisions are, done, done, done. Well, as much as they're going to be, anyway. All I have to do now is revamp my query. I'm sure this will take more time than it took me to edit my entire ms. Oh, well. It has to be done.

It has been about six weeks since my top choice agent requested my full ms and I am hoping that she hasn't totally forgotten about me. I did give her a pen. I'm so teasing. Well, I did give her a pen, but I totally don't expect her to remember me because of it. She said she like the weight of it so what was I suppose to do? I wasn't brown-nosing. Honest.

Since I haven't posted my stats in a while, I thought I would give you an update. They aren't great, but I have no pride (agents have beat me down) and it might make other wannabes feel better about their journey to being published.

Queries out: 86
Rejected: 45
Requested partials: 1
Rejected partials: 1
Requested fulls: 1
Rejected fulls: 0
No response: 41

I suck ass!!! And I still continue to query...

July 01, 2010

Twilight: Eclipse cont'

I was wrong. It happens quite often. I did not buy an advanced ticket for Eclipse and the entire theatre was sold out in my city. I had to go across the bridge into Halifax to watch it there, and the place was packed. So, what did I think of Eclipse? It was awesome. But, I do have a small beef. I loved Twilight and I loved the mood of that movie, but because the movies have all been directed by different people, I find the movies haven't been consistent, that the atmosphere and mood is different for all of them; and I really wish it wasn't. There was something very special and awkwardly wonderful about Twilight that I didn't feel with the others, so I left the theatre feeling cheated like I did when I saw New Moon. I still liked the movie; it just isn't my favourite. Did you see the movie? What are you thoughts?