• Agent Hunt,  Facts of Life,  Story Graveyard,  Writing Journey

    That Time I Hated My Story For No Reason

    Once upon a time, a girl was struck by this AWESOME-fied idea for a story. After getting over the initial new story excitement and subsequent bouts of self-doubt over the idea that happens with EVERY single idea she has, she sat down to write a story. And she wrote and wrote and wrote and was having a blast! Soon(ish), the first draft was finished to MUCH celebrations, and she immediately stuffed the story into a virtual drawer to sit while she twiddled her thumbs worked on her query letter and synopsis and compiled a long(ish) list of revision notes. After a couple of weeks, she went back to her draft…

  • Anniversary,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Videos

    The Number 17 & Two Year Blogoversary!

    Nope, this isn’t an episode of Sesame Street. Okay, let’s get it out of our system though: (in the voice of the vampire puppet, whatshisface, “Seventeen! There are seventeen street lamps!” ^_^ No, it’s my 17th Year Anniversary of my very first completed novel attempt!!! So to celebrate, I’m going to do the impossible, choose a top 3 favorite from two categories: pre-college finished novels and post-college finished AND unfinished novels. (And to make things harder on myself, I’m going to put the one story I finished during┬ácollege in the pre-category because of the length – which was too short.) And this was really hard. Especially in the first category…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Fun,  Novels,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Vampires

    On Loglines & Taglines

    I think there’s value in being able to summarize your stories in as few words as possible. It really helps you identify the heart of your story and this comes in handy when writing blurbs or queries. I actually read somewhere a time or two that if you can’t summarize your novel in one sentence, you might have a problem. While I think that’s a little dramatic, I have found it to be true. In the past, the stories I couldn’t summarize in one sentence had a lot of wrong going on with them. So, I thought it’d be fun to collect a few novels I’ve written (and I few…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Quotes,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing World

    13 Lessons From The Story Graveyard

    1) First novels have a 90% chance of being complete crap. It’s okay if you’re part of the 90%. 2) It’s okay to write without a plan and end up with a complete mess on your hands. Never write without a plan again. 3) Some ideas will fall into the abyss. Find a new idea. 4) It’s okay if your title is The Headless Fisherman and no headless fisherman appear anywhere in the book. Titles can be changed. You’re not stuck with them. 5) Sometimes you just don’t know what to do. Write anyway. This is what revision is for. 6) If your character is getting on your nerves, they…

  • Query Letter,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault

    Query Letter Graveyard

    I thought it would be fun to gather all of my previous submission attempts in one place. This is long, but you will be vastly entertained. ^_^ So, here are all my wonderfully fantastic Past Queries. Commentary provided by my awesome alter ego: Me, Myself, and I. Most Bios & “Thank yous for reading this” have been truncated for brevity. Also, the bios sucked. #1 – Query in the First Dear Ms. Agent, I read on your website that you are accepting query letters from a variety of genres, including Young Adullt (yep, sent it out with 2 ls – so, like…definitely needed to reread stuff before I sent it)…