Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Writing History

So, who am I?

Well, that's a pretty existential question, but I can tell you who I am as a writer. Or rather, who I currently am as writer. As I am sure any of my readers would know, writers evolve a lot. Sometime slowly, sometimes quickly. I've been writing "seriously" since 15 (though I wrote a pretty excellent story about an abused unicorn with my sister when I was younger).

My first real novel was pretty much a disaster, though it took me a while to realize it. It was about 80,000 words and 5 years too late to the chick lit market. I made all the mistakes a rookie could make, including going through the whole query process with a piece of work that really didn't deserve the light of day. I also spent a lot of time on the gem with it. I got about three partials and spent almost a year querying before I finally put it in the "practice" graveyard for good.

After that, I moved on to three more YA novels, one that has a rough draft complete and two that are barely started. I also started dabbling in historical romance, which I found out I really like (who know Harlequin didn't have to be a dirty word or something for your grandma?)

Outside of my novel writing, I do a lot of journalism and a bit of playwrighting. I've found a lot more success in these areas than fiction writing, but I still love writing in all forms.

Right now I'm trying to whip my romance novella into shape to send out and figure out where to take my YA project from here. Overall, I'm just trying to become a better writer.

That and I really love the publishing industry, so I decided why not join the discourse going on in the blogosphere.


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