Happy Leap Year!

Today marks the fact that this year is a leap year!
It’s just one day, but it’s special enough to come every four years.

I had a busy and fun day at our city’s major street market event.

Time for some rest!



Word Count??? Genre???

I sort of panicked (I think I still am) when I read about the right word count for a novel. According to my word processor, my manuscript has roughly 116,000 words. According to some of the info I’ve read, a young adult novel has to be 75,000 words at most (or a little more is fine), for a fantasy novel, around 85,000, for a thriller, around 120,000 words.

Is this really a standard for novels?

They say that word count can sometimes be the reason why your book gets rejected (when you reach that stage) and some say that it’s best if you aim for success from the start, meaning doing your best to follow what most agents want to find in a book.

My next worry… how to classify my work…

It really makes me wonder. My book can be considered as a Young Adult novel because my main protagonist is in the age range of 12-15 years old, or an Adventure novel because of the “exciting and sometimes dangerous plot or setting” (according to the definition of an Adventure Novel), or a Fantasy novel because of the use of magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. I’m still debating over Low or High Fantasy because I’m using a real world setting, but creating my own city with normal real world qualities.

Any tips on how to classify your work?


The Streets…

The streets were filled with people, mostly tourists, as I tried to make my way down the street. The busy road that was supposed to be filled with cars was currently filled with shops and stalls. Aside from the occasional bump and people stepping on my feet, the street market was actually fun, since there was something new every year. I did my best to examine each stall that I passed by with the ocean of people dragging me along. There were stalls with food, clothes, souvenirs, and more food. I was feeling pretty tired from walking and getting thrown around when I saw one stall that people didn’t seem to notice.

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Any of My Fellow Novice Writers??

Hello to all of the other aspiring writers!

I think you guys are having the same problem I am… writing a query letter and a synopsis. In my opinion, those two things are one of THE MOST nerve-wrecking things one has to do when preparing to present the masterpiece one slaved over for months and probably years.

I found some sites that gave sample query letters and synopses. They’re helpful in giving us ideas and NOT for us to copy and tweak to make our own. I noticed that the query letters contain the writer’s ORIGINAL VOICE (another reference to The Literary Mom’s site, which I totally love ever since I started reading), which got the book accepted and published.

Before I forget, here are some of the sites I found…

Query Letter Samples and How To’s:




Synopsis Samples:



I hope they help you! I’m still trying to analyze them.

Visit the Literary Mom’s site! She has a lot of great posts. The link is on my blogroll, but here’s the link to make sure you do go there. 😀 http://theliterarymom.wordpress.com/



A Puzzle?

I’ve been busy putting ideas on paper, but they’re all in fragments. It’s like a giant puzzle I have to put together. This isn’t a complaint. I’ve actually been enjoying everything. I think it’s great that I’m getting so many different ideas. The real challenge is putting everything together the right way.

Making the first draft is one of the hardest things  in writing (which I saw on The Literary Mom’s poll), but it’s the most fun, because no matter how much things get hard (like encountering a writer’s block), as the writer of your own work, you will be able to get past the hard parts. We just have to remind ourselves that what we’re writing is “our world” and whatever we say goes.

Let’s keep at it and do what we love. Writing is my stress reliever and my home away from home, so I’ll keep doing it. Maybe I’ll get lucky and one day have a published piece of work in my hands.



The Irony for a Simple Writer…

It’s so nerve-wrecking when you have a great idea, scene, or plot point in your mind and just as you grab a pencil and paper the idea fades away. This happens a lot even when I have the things I need right in front of me. Then, when I’m off doing something else, the idea pops back in my head and it disappears again. It’s silly I know, but also sometimes a bother.

What do you do when this happens?

Do you have a technique or a method to help keep those ideas from running away?

I really think my muse likes to play tricks with me and dangle the ideas over my head before she really gives it to me. It does get me thinking more, but also slightly frustrated.

Time to get back to writing.



I’ve got a couple questions… I think…

Well, I know I said before that I was working on a novel series. Now, I’ve reached some bumps in the road. Here comes the questions…

  1. Would it be advisable to keep the readers updated (like really updated) on the months and days in the story or would it just make things appear complicated?
  2. Can anyone give me some tips on how I should be using “tomorrow,” “the following/next day,” “later that night,” and the like?
  3. If in my first book, I was a bit meticulous with the month and days, is it okay I skip some months in the sequel or will it appear like I’m rushing things?

NOTE: I do not use “journal entries” or “date headers (or whatever they’re supposed to be called)” in my book/manuscript.

I apologize for all the questions, but I’m having trouble finding the right reference book for writing (in my part of the world), so I’m turning to all the rising and experienced writers/authors for some tips. Thank you so much! Please comment if you can.