• 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)…

  • Anniversary,  Excerpt,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault

    Blast from the Past

    As part of my celebrations for the 16 year anniversary of my first completed novel attempt, I’ve sifted through the vault and decided to embarrass myself by posting an excerpt for your amusement. Introducing novel number 5 – Played for a Fool. ^_^ (circa May 2001 – Genre: YA Fantasy with a supernatural or paranormal bend, depending on how you view vampires. POV: 3rd omniscient with one MC and a secondary POV.) Novel numbers 1 & 2 were not in the running as they are so bad, they’re not even buried with the rest. I was very tempted to go with the first novel I queried (number 8), but I…

  • Pity Party,  Story Graveyard

    Pity Party

    start pity party This will be the very first time I’ve had to throw a story away I couldn’t find anything wrong with (I don’t see a lack of a full fledged love story as a problem, but maybe it is.) To say this sucks is an understatement. All that work (writing, querying, researching agents) just down the drain…all for nothing. I don’t ever to want to go through with this again. But I guess I have to. If I don’t submit my new story, I won’t be able to live with myself until I do. I have to try. So I might as well get it over with…when it’s…

  • Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing Journey

    Stories of Writing Past…

    Happy August! Here’s my collection of novels, partial novels, and novel attempts. And for fun, I list some short stories that I’ve written as well, along with some reincarnated bits from previous novel attempts that show up in my series.   Novels (in order of appearance)-written in 3rd person unless otherwise noted –Untitled First Novel (circa 1996/97)(1st person) Starring Tamara Louise Temple about a 14 year old girl who falls in love with a 15 year old “gang” member. He wants to stop running around and do well in school. She tutors him. They fall in love. Shelved for the obvious reasons: it was awful.   –The Tiara (circa 2000)…