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Update: Querying Hell

Just kidding. Querying isn’t really hell. It’s kind of more like purgatory, because nothing ever happens. And when something does happen, it’s probably not a good thing. I’ve accepted this.

OK, so I promised myself I’d keep up with this and I’ve failed epically. But in my defense, I’m working two jobs, planning a wedding, trying to write a book, and also trying to sometimes sleep. I am planning on doing another review once I finish this amazing series I’ve been reading, though! I could’ve done it on each individual book but I decided to just do one big one on the series as a whole once I get through the whole thing. I’m on the last book, so stay tuned!

As for my own writing, I have officially started querying!! I’ve sent out seven query letters and have gotten two rejections. But that’s OK. Rejections are just sort of part this world, right? J I’m trying to keep five queries out at all times. In the meantime, I’ve started on the sequel, and I’m going about writing this one differently than I did with the first one.

First of all, I’m a born and raised pantser. (That’s a weird sentence…) I’ve never been one for outlining my work and then writing it. Even in high school when my English teacher tried to force us to do so, I would literally write the paper first and then outline what I had written. I hate planning it all out before; I like to just kind of see what happens. However, when I wrote WHEN I WAKE, the second draft took longer than the first draft because of how much I had to change because of how things had fleshed out once I had gotten to the end, and this time, I’m trying to avoid that. So any advice from you plotters would be much appreciated. I’m going to give it a whirl, but I make no promises. I’m probably going to end up just viciously attacking my Google Doc and seeing what comes up and hating myself for it later. You know. Normal writing stuff.

I’m also following some advice I’d read about writing lately to make WHEN I WAKE even stronger. An author posted somewhere (seriously wish I remembered who and where) that you should print out your entire document and retype the whole thing into a brand new document. He/she said it was an awful experience and it seriously sucks to do it, but it’s worth it. And let me tell you: I’m two pages into this technique, and I’ve already changed SO MUCH. And these are things I wouldn’t have thought of changing if I had just been reading it through to do edits again. So basically, I’m going to hate myself for the next few weeks as I try to accomplish this, but I truly believe it’ll all be worth it in the end.

I’m going to try to keep up with this blog better than I have been. Stay tuned for the review of a young adult fantasy series that definitely needs to be made into a movie so I can be angry at everything they changed. Because that’s what I always do. You should have seen me when HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN came out in theaters. I was livid at age 12.

 

Ok so I’m at work and I’m gonna go drink the rest of my coffee so I can survive the day without falling asleep in my chair. Let me know how your own querying is going! We can all suffer together!!

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Back to the Beginning

Serving/bartending has taken over my life for the past few days. Covered in fry grease and beer foam, I’m writing after an 11-hour shift. But this post makes me happy.

So the other day, I got really, really bored and started going through old stuff on my phone. Now, I put grocery lists in the Notes on my phone constantly, so I decided to go and delete all the ones from the past few months (by the way, I buy some random stuff…) and you’ll never believe what I found:

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This, my friends, is my “idea” document from when I was trying to flesh out what my book was going to be about, which all culminated to be WHEN I WAKE. It was kind of cool to see how the thought process went and where it ended up in the document, then what ended up in the actual book. A LOT has changed from the first draft.

I actually started plotting out and researching for that “each of the seven wonders” idea until I dropped it because WHEN I WAKE was starting to come through. That last note was when I stopped making notes because I started really plotting the book for real. I started the first draft around February of 2016 after fleshing out the plot for most of January.

I’d also like to point out my epic nerd factor because this was apparently written (or last updated? Not sure how the time stamp works on Notes) on New Years Eve of 2015. That’s why I always keep idea documents on my phone because I always have that on me no matter what, even if I’m in Spain with my fiancé’s family, as I was on NYE of 2015.

Anyway, I thought that was pretty cool. I’m never getting rid of it. 🙂 What are some of the ways you all keep track of things while out and about? Did you keep them all?

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Fixing Chapters

I’m working a double at the restaurant today, so I didn’t have a whole lot of hope about getting stuff done. But I did manage to add in a scene that I wasn’t planning to reveal until one of the sequels. However, I thought knowing this about Darcy would help people understand where she’s coming from.

Darcy is a supporting character in WHEN I WAKE. She’s the first person Raya meets in Pirondea, back when Raya still thinks everything is a dream from her sleeping disorder. She’s snarky, determined, and pushes Raya to the max. She’s honestly one of my favorite characters. She has a lot of history, but doesn’t talk about it much, because she’s not really a “sharing” type of person. Here’s a sneak peek at her life from what I wrote about her today:

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Keep in mind: first draft of this scene. Raya’s father died as a result of the ongoing war in Pirondea back when she was a toddler, although Raya grew up believing her father died in a car accident. Now that she knows the truth, she’s working to learn more about her powers and the world her father died trying to save.

Next on my novel to-do list: fix my query letter. I hate it so much, I might just start from scratch. Maybe I’ll do that if it’s slow at work tonight 🙂