Thursday, October 28, 2010

Flatlined Again

So, I think I'm calling it: Postmortal has died. Which is ironic, considering its content. It's been several weeks since I sent out the last queries, and while I had requests for fulls and partials in the beginning, no one's asked for more in three months and I'm out of agents. My second MS has flatlined, and now joins Lesser Evils in the Abandoned Department.

I'm okay with that. Sure, it stings a bit, but I'll get over it. I've done it before. I've been working on a couple of other things, and maybe one of them will work out. I've definitely felt a severe dip in my gungho-ness, though. I enjoy what I'm working on, and that's all that matters. The love of writing will be there, even if the only people who ever read my work are my family and a few 'readers' I have that read my chapters as I go.

NaNoWriMo is something a lot of us are participating in soon. This will be my first time. I'm going to use it get my butt in gear to finish at least one of the ones I've started. I know this breaks the rules, but I'm not actually competing with anyone but myself. I'm the sort to slowly type up a chapter and edit as I go, with each paragraph and dialogue tag scrutinized before I move forward. I don't turn back until the entire thing is written, then read back through it to make sure the pacing is good and fix something here and there. Just sitting back and letting the words flow is going to be a whole new challenge for me.

So, who all is doing NaNo this year? Have you been outlining and making notes? Or do you just have an idea and are going to see how it goes?


Summer Frey said...

I wouldn't worry about doing something you've already started--a lot of people do it. The idea's really to add 50k, right? So do it! I did it last year.

I have lots of notes and a loose synopsis, but no outline. Basically "Character A is this, this happens to her, they go here, and then this explodes." You know what I mean. Works for me!

Anne Gallagher said...

Sometimes we just have to put the babies under the bed and leave them for a little while. I had to do that with Masquerade. I'll get back to it eventually.

I got your letter. MB is off school for the next 4 days and I have to clean the yard but I promise I will get back to you. I'm not blowing you off, I'm just busy.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I'm not participating this November. Like Lydia, I am revising my current novel, FRENCH QUARTER NOCTURNE -- though like your POSTMORTAL, it seems to be unattractive to agents. Sigh.

I will also be doing my rough draft of my YA urban fantasy, THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH.

Anyone can quit. But we're not anyone are we, Christi?

Charity Bradford said...

Woot! I'm glad you are going to do nano with us. It will help take your mind off of things, and who knows, next spring may be a better time for Postmortal.

keep it safe and watch the market. There has to be the right time for everything, right?

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss christi! sorry you didnt get more agents wanting that book. you just gotta put it away for a while and go back to it some time. my cousin that a writer did that for one of his stories and i think he said 3 years later he got back with it and it got published. so you gotta believe in you and what you wrote. for not just keep writing cause you love it.
...hugs from lenny

Sarah Ahiers said...

yeppers, definitely doing NaNo. And yes, i did make an outline and notes. Otherwise, whatever i wrote would be complete crap

Sage Ravenwood said...

I have no doubt you'll find the right story. I love your persistence, it's inspiring.

As for NaNo. Not this go around. I need to get some serious work done on my revisions. (Hugs)Indigo

Hannah said...

I am doing NaNo. I'm more excited and i feel more prepared this year. I have a link on my blog, you should buddy me! :D We can, support each other. :P

Jon Paul said...

Tough break on the MS, but I'm sure you have more where that came from. As I've not even finished a single novel length project, I am in total awe of you.

I'm doing NaNo this year too--and also trying the pants on for size. The plotter in me is going bonkers, but at the moment he's safely locked in the cellar so we're all go. Come buddy me if you get the itch. My handle is jpcircusboy.

Good luck. Looking forward to hearing how it goes!

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm sorry about not having lucky querying. My quest hasn't been hot these days either.

Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I hope you're prolific!

If you get a chance, I'm hosting a Halloween Haunting at my blog "Substitute Teacher's Saga" from 10/28-11/1 if you want to join in. There are prizes!

Elana Johnson said...

Sorry about the shelving. I've done that and it's not fun. I am NaNo-ing this year, and I already have 25K words on my WiP, so I'm hoping to just keep going.

Shelley Sly said...

I'm sorry to hear about your manuscript. I can relate (and it looks like many others can, too.) Best of luck with NaNo! I'm not participating, but I'm cheering everyone on. :)

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