Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Reason for Writing

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:
What's your numero-uno reason for writing?

Fantastic question! I would say my number one reason for writing is the sheer fun of creating and breathing life into new characters, new worlds--and getting them into all kinds of trouble.  I also enjoy the process of working through the edits to tighten up prose, play with words, and make it all better until the writing is something I'm happy with and that others will enjoy.  I have a looooong way to go with my manuscript--short stories are much easier--but it will get there. Hopefully.

What's your #1 reason for writing?  I can't wait to see how everyone else answers!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Your Writing Journey

This Week's Topic: 
What has your writing road trip looked like so far? Excitement? Traffic Jams and detours? Where are you going next?

First, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to YA Highway on the 100th Road Trip Wednesday! What a great topic to celebrate this epic milestone!

So far, my writing road trip has been a two-year long, leisurely drive along scenic back roads just to take in the gorgeous sights, meet awesome people,  and visit fun, exciting new places.  It's been an amazing adventure, and I have learned so much. I started on this journey pretty much without a map except for a brief outline of what would happen in the story. Along the way I've started to see the writing world, learn what's out there, found out so much about the craft to apply to my WIP, and started thinking about the next stops on the journey.

I've been posting regularly on this blog, and have met some AMAZING people by being part of Road Trip Wednesday's blog carnival.  I became part of a writer's group, Novelty Fiction, and have a short story and a microfiction published in their monthly magazine. Another short story of mine was published online at Flash Paranormal Fiction.  I attended an online YA writers' conference, Write On Con. Rejection has also been part of the journey. A contest entry of mine wasn't chosen for the semifinalists. I submitted another short story to an anthology with a fabulous premise, but I sent it off too soon without considering whether the ending was really the right choice for the story. So, I got a lovely personalized rejection.

Now I've reached my first destination on the journey: completing the first draft of my WIP.  My next stop: Editsville.  It's been a fun place to play around in as I tighten and polish the prose. I have a lovely crit partner now.  The biggest challenge--the one I haven't really faced yet--is going to be figuring out what to cut. I've got at least 30K words to trim somehow.

When the story is in solid shape and as ready as possible,  I'll send it off to the founder of Novelty Fiction. He has very generously offered a grant that involves critique and an edit of The MirrorMasters.  If this leads to a publication offer, fantastic! If not, I'll dust myself off and keep working, then query.

I don't know where this journey will lead, but I do know this. I have found my passion. I'll keep writing and loving it, whatever happens. And one day,  I will have a novel published.

A toast to RTW, and a toast to all of us. Enjoy the journey on the way to wherever it takes us! =)