This question has been plaguing my mind for the past two months. I honestly don’t have a solid answer to that. What am I trying to get ready for, you ask? Well, like any beginning writer, I’m getting ready to enter the world of querying and trying out my manuscript to see if they receive any feedback. I’m seriously scared to try, but I won’t get anywhere if I live in fear.
I better push myself to start drafting a bunch of query letters and synopses. I’m saturated to the point that I don’t know what else to edit with my current manuscript, so maybe it’ll give me a push in the right direction. I have a feeling I can go somewhere with this writing, but I’ll just have to keep at it and see where it takes me.
I’ll keep writing and following my dream to be a published author. There’s no excuse for my fellow aspiring writers not to try. It won’t kill anyone of us to try.
May you all be inspired!
*I hope to put up more flash fiction/short stories soon. 🙂
…is a distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. Fear is apparently a universal emotion; all persons, consciously or unconsciously, have fear in some sort. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it (also known as the fight-or-flight response) but in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) a freeze or paralysis response is possible.
This is something we experience from time to time, but life tries to teach us to face it. For a writer, fear is a great emotion to use, whether it may be for the situation or what the antagonist would like to relay. I’m not fond of writing horror or fear-inducing stories, but I do have the pleasure of reading them and enjoying them. I happen to love the thrill.
How can you say a story or a book is scary?
Does it send a chill down your spine?
Does it give you palpitations as you read each word so painstakingly slow?
What was your first encounter with a horror novel like?
Use every emotion you can get or feel when writing or making art. Be inspired!
I’ve been busy these past days working on my making my first baby shiny and bright. I can’t wait to have the finished (near-finished, because editing doesn’t stop until it’s published) product. It’s exciting since it’s my first manuscript ever.
I’ve been spending these past days laughing at myself too.
…because of the many mistakes I made. They’re amusing since I end up wondering how I could type a completely unnecessary paragraph (or scene) or making many different typos in a row. It feels weird critiquing my own work and oh so rewarding. My critique circle has been very helpful and now I know what to remove, keep, shorten, or lengthen. They’re so awesome since they find the typos I keep passing by. I love my critique circle.
Is there any company or agent that accepts original art with the manuscript (Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy)? It’s just that my good friend likes my manuscript and wants to do the art for it (if it ever gets accepted). She’s really talented (I know a lot of people say that there’s someone they know who’s a really talented artist) and she’s very versatile in different media and art styles. I’ve been looking around, but all I see are those that DON’T accept original art.
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.