It’s probably time I go back to Twenty-Five, do a little more editing, re-write my query letter, and try and get it published. This article (click here) has inspired me. I’m afraid of failing- it’s probably the biggest fear I have, so instead of going for it, I don’t even try. I bury my nose in a book, I go off to a job I’m not proud of, and I hide away from the world. Well, that has got to stop! If I can go on the radio and make a complete ass out of myself, I can send out some freaking query letters! Even if that means getting rejected 100 times. *and for the record, I’ve currently been rejected 14 times by agents* I know I could go the self-publishing route, but I kinda want to see if there’s any shot at all of doing it the traditional way. Hell, getting rejected by every agent and publisher under the sun could be a good thing for me- it could teach me resilience, show me that there are worse things in life than failing. And maybe it won’t be failing at all to be rejected, just a rite of passage every writer must go through. Doesn’t it already sound like I’m getting healthier?
I decided that it was probably time to get this blog back on track, seeing as it started out as a blog about writing and has somewhere along the way veered into a blog about randomness. So, I’ve asked a few of the writer friends I made two years ago on The Next Big Writer to whip up some guest blog posts for you to enjoy. They are all embarking on the process of having their books published, either through self-publishing, or through a traditional publishing house and I applaud them for that! They believe in themselves and their writing and they are putting it out there for the world to see and enjoy and that is not only impressive, it’s courageous. My first guest blogger is Angela, who I knew for the longest time as “penang” or “Ang” in the TNBW forums and whom I’m happy to say is a talented writer and a great friend. I asked her to talk a little about why she first “picked up a pen” to write and to give you a little information on her latest book, Songbird. Here’s what she had to say:
Writing was never my number one passion. In fact, writing didn’t even come onto my top ten list until about six years ago. I’d always dreamed of being an artist, a flight attendant, or the next Diane Fossey or Jane Goodall. I ended up teaching. Then I read the Twilight series. Okay, so not the best example of amazing YA literature, but it did make me think I could do that. Until then I didn’t even know that Young Adult was a genre.
When I first started writing, I had no idea how to approach it, and honestly I still don’t. Every writer I talk to approaches it differently. For me this means sitting down at the computer and typing as it comes to me. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. My first novel is still under the revision process thanks to my unplanned approach.
Songbird is actually the second novel I wrote and most of it was done within a month during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Finishing Songbird, along with revising and editing, took a bit longer, but this story just flowed for me much better than my other novel. There was never a point where I sat down and didn’t feel the story come to me.
There are parts of Songbird that are so close to my heart. Some of the experiences, good and bad, that Dani goes through were inspired by things that either I’ve experienced, or people I know have lived through. At times it was hard to write because all I could see and feel were the real reactions and emotions.
Songbird is a story of death, loss, love, friendship and moving forward. Seventeen-year-old Dani is haunted by memories of her abusive parents and her murdered brother. Those memories constantly influence her choices and when her love for her best friend Reece is rejected, she struggles to find a way to put the past behind her for good. A struggle mad harder when a former foster brother reappears and brings back even more of the past.
You can learn more about Angela and her writing at her blog: Turning the Pages.