Tales of a Writing Teen

When you think of teenagers, do you think of lazy, punk, kids, who are spoiled brats and do nothing? I want to change your idea of teens. We're determined. We're motivated. We're busier than ever. We have dreams. Mine is to be a writer, and I'm working toward it.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

New Blog

Please visit my new blog, http://teenwritermeg.livejournal.com

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Hiatus

Yeah, I'm on hiatus. As you can see by my posting frequency, I haven't been too active with this blog, so I'm on hiatus until I can be or feel like being active. Of course, if any huge news comes up (publishing, getting an agent, etc.), I'll let ya'll know.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Nanowrimo and HarperTeen Fanlit

This year I'm participating in Nanowrimo. I bet most of you are writers and have heard of it. Just in case you haven't, Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month, held every November. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in one month.

I'm actually not too far behind. It's around 30,000 words. The Nano novel is something unlike what I normally write. It's a YA urban fantasy with psychics, mind readers, witches, and warlocks, and it's tons of fun. Also, it's in third person! I'm finding third person more challenging and I want to return to my beloved first for the next book. Still, Nanowrimo is a good time to experiment with things I normally don't do.

I would tell you all, if you aren't already, to participate in Nano. But it's already Nov. 20th, but hey, maybe ya'll are just super speedy! http://www.nanowrimo.org is the website, and it's chock full of goodies.

I'm also doing a contest for teenagers, HarperTeen Fanlit. Go to http://www.harperteenfanlit.com If you are under 21, you can probably still register. Anyway, the contest is run by the HarperTeen people. They are the publisher of Meg Cabot! There's storylines posted and you have to write a chapter according to the storyline. Others involved in the contest rate your story rand leave comments. Then, the top 10 are voted on. The next storyline is based off of the winning chapter. There's some pretty amazing prizes, such as a chance to go to New York City and meet the editors at HarperTeen, a $5,000 scholarship, and gift cards. I'd reccomend to it any teen that writes.

I haven't been doing too hot though. Each chapter my ranking improves though. Last chapter, one of my entries was 81st, and I suppose that's decent. Also, there are many bandits who attack entries, giving them 0's, 1's, and 1.5's. It's quite depressing.

So that's what I've been up to in this fabulous month of November. What about you?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Waiting Game

Not much has been going on lately, except I got two more full requests. One of them ended up being rejected, but one is under consideration by Sonia Pabley. Wish me luck with that!

All this waiting requires patience. I'm going to reiterate what writers, editors, and agents have said many times before me. The publishing business is a waiting game. Before you begin submitting, you hear this, but you really don't know it. Now, I'm joining the ranks that do know it.

I believe since I've started querying, I have become more patient. I'm not as anxious all the time, though I still have my moments and just wish I'd get an offer of representation already.

In other news, I finished the first draft of my WIP and am working on the second draft. It's around thirty thousand some words, and most YA novels are at least 50,000 words. I am going to have to pad a lot.

Monday, September 25, 2006

A Few Updates

I apologize for not updating lately. It still surprises me that people are actually reading my blog, which I consider fairly boring. Hey, maybe you do too, but there's no need to rub that in my face. Since my latest post, a few things have happened.

The biggest is having my query and first page workshopped on Rachel Vater's blog. She gave me some very encouraging feedback, and so did a lot of her blog readers. I'm in the process of sending the new query out to a few agents. Be sure to check out the entry here http://raleva31.livejournal.com/20080.html.

In other news, I got a partial rejection from Michelle Andelman, but it still put a smile on my face. It was personalized, had good suggestions, and she saw my potential. At the moment, Michael Bourret is looking at a full and Megan Atwood is looking at a partial, so I hope it goes well.

Anyway, this is basically all that's happened. If anything big or exciting happens, which I doubt, I'll fill you in. I've got to go eat some chicken nuggets!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Rejection, Finding More Agents, and Reading Blogs

This post may be a little bit of everything (ok, of three things), so excuse me if I jump around.

Well, yesterday, I had a bad day. I'm not going to go into an indepth explanation. Let me say three words. Bus. German. Rain. Try to figure that out. Ha, you can't, but feel free to invent scenarios about a bad day involving those three words. Maybe it will jog your mind and amuse me. Ok, so I was thinking, today would be a great day to get some good news in my imbox. It would totally cheer me up. Then, I get home and find an email from Maya Rock. Rejection. Sigh, sigh, sigh.

Lately, I've been searching for more agents to send to. I know I have sent tons of queries and haven't received repliese to all of them yet. It's been a little bit over a month, ooh, almost two months now (how time flies!) since I sent out a pretty huge batch of e-queries. Since then I've read about other querying methods which don't involve sending out around sixty e-queries in a week. If I had done the small batch method, maybe I would've sent out better queries, but no time for regrets. Anyway, I'm trying to accumulate a list of ten agents, specifically so when Rachel Vater's query workshop comes along, I could get feedback. She also said she might reccomend agents that might like a peice, so imagine how helpful that would be.

Rachel Vater's blog is amazing, but she hasn't posted lately. I'm dying to read about more queries, dying, I tell you! http://raleva31.livejournal.com is the address. Miss Snark's Crapometer is a good read, though I must admit, I don't read all those first pages. I read the queries and then go straight to her comments. Maybe I will never cut it as a slush reader. http://misssnark.blogspot.com/ is her address. Hmm, I wonder if Miss Snark might be a guy...it's possible... I've also been reading Kristin Nelson's blog. She seems like such a sweet agent. Too bad I sent her a query early and not a nice, revised, knock her socks off one. http://pubrants.blogspot.com// is her address.

As for my WIP, I will admit it here. I have been a slacker. Haven't written all week. I know I'm shameful, but hey, I've come up with some ideas and wrote a few things for my writing class. Does that count for anything?

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Slogging Through My WIP

Sorry I haven't posted lately. I've been busy with the first week of school. Quite hectic!

Anyway, I'm in a sad point in my WIP. For those not in the know, WIP means Work In Progress. When I first joined the Absolute Write board, I had no idea w hat WIP meant. The part I'm at in the novel involves a lot of depressing rants from the main character. It's tough to write, so I'm slogging through it. I think slogging would be the correct word. This novel is much harder to write than the first one. I don't think one of the important characters is fleshed out enough. I need to have more time where the characters get to know each other and develop. The pace is way too fast. AH, the problems!

I plan on getting through the rough draft, getting out the story, and then going through and perfecting it in the revisions. I hope that works.