A Bit of Inspiration!

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep moving forward. Never give up on your dreams! I know I’ve been sharing a decent amount of quotes on here, but I really do love turning to the masters of literature for a bit of inspiration. =)

Until next time,

Christine

The Architects and The Gardeners.

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George R. R. Martin once said,

“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.” 

After I read George R. R. Martin’s words, I started thinking about what type of writer I am, an architect or a gardener? The answer is…I like to think I’m a gardener, but I’m really an architect at heart. Ideas come to me and I attempt to be patient and watch them grow, but I thrive much more when I plan things out. It was surprising to find out that GRRM considers himself a gardener because his books are incredibly complex, and I would think they require a lot of planning. Although, I know we all have our own methods and we do whatever works best for us. Because I write a lot of fantasy, I usually have tons of pictures, maps, outlines, family trees, etc. around me while I write. It’s one of the things I love most about my process.

So I ask all of my writer/creative friends, are you an architect or a gardener?

The Hunt for an Agent Continues!

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My hunt for an agent continues! I just sent out another round of query letters. My fingers are crossed for positive responses! I’ll actually be happy with any response. To me, a response is better than not hearing anything at all. So we shall see!

Of course my cat Chloe was a great assistant to me as I tried to get organized last night.

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Until next time,

Christine

“Contemplating the D20 – The Writer Becomes Dungeon Master” on Bleeding Cool!

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Hey guys,

So as you know, I’ve been reviewing a few comic book series on Bleeding Cool. A couple weeks ago I wrote up an original piece about my experience being a first time Dungeon Master. I’m really proud of this post. Take a look!

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/08/08/contemplating-the-d20-the-writer-becomes-dungeon-master/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Digging Out the Writing Box

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Hi all! 

It’s been far too long since I sat down to write a blog post. I was originally going to talk about this topic on my vlog because I’ve been neglecting that as well, but this felt more fitting. So for the past month and a half I’ve been working on the querying stage of my novel. Writing a query letter is hard!!! Thankfully I had a lot of help from my friend Kimmy who is a published author and all around expert of the publishing world. (Check out her website here: http://kimberlyannmiller.com/) She gave me a lot of great tips and feedback which motivated me to keep moving forward. It was nerve wracking and exciting to be at that stage of the writing process. I’d been working on my novel for so long, and felt that it was ready to be sent out.

I have 10 queries out now and am anxiously awaiting some kind of response. I read that it’s recommended to send 10 queries out at a time, and wait to send out another 10 depending on the feedback you get. Most of the agencies that I queried say that they will respond within 4-6 weeks. Some say if you don’t hear anything within 6 weeks you can assume that they’re not interested. Others say to contact them if you don’t hear anything because they respond to every query. I’m smart enough to know that writers get rejected a lot, so I’ve been mentally preparing myself for that. However, I know that no matter how many rejections I get, I won’t give up on my dream of being a successful writer. It’s all about staying positive and believing in yourself! Of course I say that now…next month you’ll find me in a corner somewhere rocking back and forth listening to Lana Del Rey on repeat. Hahaha just kidding. 😉 

Now that you’re updated on what I’ve been doing, I can talk about what I’m doing now. I’ve been keeping really busy writing for the awesome comic/tv/film/game news website, Bleeding Cool. You can click on the, “Writing on Bleeding Cool” tab on my blog to see the reviews and articles I’ve written for them or go to http://bleedingcool.com/ to browse all of the latest news. It has been an awesome experience, and I am definitely looking forward to contributing more to the site. 

As far as my next writing project goes, well that’s a tricky topic. I really have no idea what I want to write next. I have a lot of ideas, but I’m not sure what direction to go in. That’s where, “Digging out the Writing Box” comes into play. Whenever I get into a frame of mind where I’m deciding what to write next, I tend to reflect back on unfinished projects, old poems, journal entires, etc. I have a literal box that I keep about 80% of my writing in. The bigger projects get their own box. Anyway, digging out the writing box the other day was quite a funny experience. I ended up finding one of the first things I ever wrote. It was a series of VERY short stories about a squirrel. My guess is I wrote it when I was 9 or 10 years old, but the amount of grammar and spelling mistakes was horrific. Still, it’s nice to see how far I’ve come 15 years later! haha. 

After digging through the box I’m not much closer to deciding what to write next, but I’ll keep digging and exploring the thoughts and ideas floating around in my brain. There is one project that keeps calling out to me, but I’m sort of running away from it. I had a love/hate relationship with one of the main characters, which caused me to write at the pace of a snail. Still, I know one day I will be ready to go back to that world and revisit those characters. I’m just not sure I’m ready at this point. I am of course tempted to start writing the sequel to the novel I’m currently querying, but I’d like to at least work on something small in between. So, we shall see! 

This is a long ramble! 

Thanks for reading it! 

Until next time,

Christine