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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wednesday Writings

No advice, quotes or tips from me today. I wanna hear all about your thoughts on the writing process, and where you are on your project(s). Is it slow going? Agonizingly complicated? In the waiting game with agent querying, or trying to keep up with your flying fingers as you capture characters' voices and plans? Whatever it is, our inquiring bloggy minds wanna know! You never know who you'll inspire by sharing a bit of your experiences, so spill.

If you happen to be in the market for something good to read on the subject of finding your writing path, there's a most excellent post from our Roses & Thorns blog. [This is The Rose & Thorn Literary Ezine's editors' blog, which you might enjoy browsing sometimes.]

I hope Yu-Han's thoughts in A Kind of Homecoming - Part I will resonate with you as deeply as they did with me. I've got a feeling there are more lovely nuggets waiting at her personal website, which I'll be visiting posthaste.

Bio: Yu-Han Chao is co-blog manager at the Rose & Thorn. She has a poetry book and a short story collection forthcoming. Visit her writing and artwork at her website.

20 comments:

Karen said...

I have been in the "agent querying" stage of my writing for about a year now. I send out queries on and off....maybe 8-10 a month. I just changed my query letter to see if a fresh new approach would fair me better. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Karen, I'm crossing fingers for you to find the perfect set of eyeballs!

KLo said...

I guess I just need to express my frustration at how hard it is to break in. Preaching to the choir, I'm sure : )

Thanks for your comment on my blog ... enjoy your copy of "Mockingbird" : )

Lois Lane II said...

My husband and I are working on the second edit of our book right now; we haven't sent it to many agents as of late, but we plan to work on it more in the next month. It's just so frustrating sometimes to be patient!

Angie Ledbetter said...

KLo, from what I just read at your of your chapter post today, you shouldn't be too worried. Fantabulous!

Hear ya, Lois. Guess that's why it's a virtue. :) Need lots of it in this biz, fo sho!

Lois Lane II said...

HA! Actually, they are a Large (9-10). I think Tiffany purchased them from Kohls, too, if that helps.

Travis Erwin said...

I am playing the query game as well as writing my next project.

Rebecca Woodhead said...

A little pressie for you Angie. Pick up your award here...

http://frombrain2bookshelf.blogspot.com/2009/04/i-won-lemonade-stand-award.html

Rebecca x

Anonymous said...

Since the seasons that I am involved in are all over, my "writing" will be limited to press releases and articles for RMEF. See ya soon.
Oren

Carrie Wilson Link said...

A bestselling author told me that typing of ANY kind counts as writing, so this little comment here? Earned me more "points."

Melissa Marsh said...

Agonizingly complicated as I go through the editing stage. So many threads to carry through, so many "remember to do this" reminders scattered in my brain.

lizspin said...

Just finished another edit on my book. And here we go again looking for an agent. . .

Embee said...

All the WIPs are on hold while I finish up my BA and graduate. I have grand plans for summer writing though...dust off the projects and get to work!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Lois, I may have to treat my feet to a new pair. Thanks for the tip.

Smart man, Travis. Hope you locate the perfect agent eyeballs soon.

Awww, so sweet, Rebecca! Since I've got that lovely lemonade stand blingage, please pass it on in my place. :)

Oren, you need a break from all the kid coaching. Relax and go break out the dutch oven while the weather's still nice.

Oh, goody, Carrie. I'm point rich if that's true!

Melissa, same boat, but can't get away from the dock right now. But I will one day. :)

Happy hunting, Liz!

Embee, I'm pulling for you. (Glad I'm not in school right now. Would probably fail.)

Jessica said...

I have partials out. Bleck. They've been out for awhile. Then I thought I was stuck in my WIP but I think I'm working through it. Woohoo! Thanks for the links. I hope everything is going okay with your family.

KLo said...

Thanks, Angie, that's nice to hear : ) It just gets so unbelievably difficult sometimes when you have a piece that everyone that's read it, including some people that cannot stand you as a person, wants to know when and why and how come it's not published yet. I know this is a huge boat and there are a lot of people in it with me ... I guess I just didn't realize how hard it was to get an agent to look and commit to your work when your work is pretty decent. Blah, now I'm rambling, sorry ... see, that's what you get for complimenting me : )

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I guess all I'm producing is an short essay now and then on my blog. And those are more like timed writing - practice. My journal where I used to write at least three pages a day, now sits idle with an occasional entry of a paragraph here and there. So looking forward to getting back on track. And my reading as well. If you want to write, you have to read.

Jenn Johansson said...

I'm in the waiting to hear back stage on my first book and the writing stage on my second book. Things are going pretty well, I think, thanks for asking :D

Chris R. said...

My novel has two agents interested (one full, one partial) and 50 queries outstanding . . . or is it 50 outstanding queries?

I have a non-fiction humor book in the hands of one agent with 19 others targeted.

I try to be aloof, but every rejection just kills. I've kind of put all my eggs in these baskets. I'm optimistic, but the rejections still sting.

Good luck you and all our fellow strugglers in this difficult pursuit!

Chris

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks, Jessica. Hope you find success soon with your WIP.

Chris, best of luck. Perseverance should pay off for you. You've got style. :)

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