Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Writings Thus Far

This is me. I take weird pictures of myself (although this one isn't actually that odd) and use them to create visual interest in my blog posts. At least, that's what I'm calling these selfies.

My Manuscripts

So, I was drawing an absolute blank about what to write this week, and I'd just recently sent one of my friends/critique partners a list of my various attempts at writing a book, and I thought it might be fun to share my writing journey with you. So, here it is (or at least here is a very brief glimpse into it).
  • Manuscripts 1 & 2 - When I was writing my thesis for my M.S., all I wanted was a nice, comforting book to curl up with (when I wasn't straining my brain with diagrams and experiments and all sorts of fun things). Romances helped get me through. Now, some were wonderful and fun and well written, and some were not. After a few too many pissed me off with their really unflattering stereotypes, I decided to write a romance in which the stereotypes were reversed. And that is how I wrote my first book. And then my second. Until this point I honestly had no idea that I could do such a thing.
  • Manuscript 3 - Well, I liked romances and all but fantasy was my first literary love. I've always loved YA and kids' books and I thought "Why not try my hand at a YA paranormal?" You get to make up all these cool places and people that wouldn't exist in the real world and you still get to have your Happily Ever After (I'm such a sucker for a happy ending). I did some more serious editing, and really tried to query this one, but I ended up deciding it just wasn't unique enough. And, honestly, maybe I just wasn't good enough at writing yet.
  • Manuscript 4 - I'm really not sure what inspired me. I think it was the fact that I wanted to write something that spoke to teens and did not feature your stereotypical white girl/guy, etc. Or maybe I was just working out a bit of belated teen angst. The teenage years are about self-discovery, and so was this YA contemporary. Honestly, it was therapeutic to write, but this wasn't the type of thing I wanted to be known for, and I wasn't even sure it was that good, and I really wasn't sure I was qualified to write a book about a girl who was half-black and grew up in a very white neighborhood. So I just shelved this one and kept going. But I have a real fondness for it. It's sort of like your high school diary. You aren't quite sure you want to go back and look because you might cringe, but you know you also might find something wonderful. I haven't been brave enough to look yet.
  • Manuscript 5 - Well, I didn't think Manuscript 3 was original enough to grab attention, but I'd had fun creating that world, so I played with the world, built it up, and wrote a MG Fantasy from the viewpoint of the little brother of the MC of Manuscript 3. This book was where I did my serious editing. Found a few CPs. Edited some more. And sent out several batches of query letters. Very recently, I decided that this manuscript isn't quite coherent enough. I think I had a little too much fun playing with my world. There's a bit too much going on, and I'm not quite sure how I'd want to distill it down. So I'm setting it aside.
  • Manuscript 6 - A YA Sci-Fi. Just call me a jack-of-all-trades (or jill?). Or fickle. So apparently I just cannot pick a genre. I love too many of them. I'm sorry, I know it's not exactly a popular opinion, but I think science is cool. I especially think that the things you can do with science are cool, and imagining an unusual world of the future leaves a lot of room for fun and awesome things to happen. In my world, men and women have been segregated into their own countries because, centuries ago, overpopulation caused a huge war to tear the world apart. It's not dystopian. The world's fully recovered, and full of cool sciencey gadgets. I'm working on my second draft now. And then the CPs, and then the queries. And it all starts over again.
  • Manuscript 7 - You'd think, wouldn't you, that since I'm working on Manuscript 6 right now that I wouldn't have a partially completed manuscript hanging about? You'd be wrong. I started it between the first draft of MS 6 and edits of MS 5. And I'm pretty excited about it (but trying to finish my MS's in a semi-logical and thorough manner). It's a YA fantasy set in the 1950s. Cool, right? I'm pretty excited about it.
  • Manuscript 8 - "What?" you ask. "Why on earth is there a MS 8?" Well, did I mention I'm fickle? Because I am. I am also in love with kids' books. The kind with the pictures and very few words and very awesome stories. And I have a friend who's a great artist who also has cool ideas. Together we plotted out a picture book. And then I wrote it up. And edited it. Not sure it's going anywhere, but there it is. Manuscript 8. It was so much fun -  a sort of fractured fairytale picture book. I love it.

And there you have it, folks. My very indecisive climb from reader to writer. I seriously hope to one day have a book published. A very successful, very awesome book - wait, I mean books. Many, many awesome and successful books. But even if I don't make it, it has actually been a pretty cool journey.

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