A couple of months ago, I participated in Art House Co-op’s Fiction Project 2011. It’s an art/story project where they send you a notebook, you fill it with stories and art, and they send it on tour and house it in their gallery/library. Art House is currently updating their website, so the fiction books aren’t online yet, but hopefully they will be soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of the photos I took of my project before I sent it off.
I chose to illustrate my story “Beneath the Crape Myrtle“, which was published by Plain Spoke and The Liars League a while back. You can read the story in its entirety on my website. It’s about a dog. A ghost dog.
I dedicated my fiction project version to Holly.
Here are the photos. When the link at Art House goes live, I’ll post it as well.
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Hello, my blog. My sweet, lonely blog. I apologize for ignoring you for a month. Or more. But it was for good reason. See, I was finishing my novel. And well, now I’ve done that. So I’m back. And I hope not to ignore you again. At least until that time comes for the all-out insane rush to finish the next novel.
Would you like to hear what it’s about? Here you go:
When bad-boy Danny shows up at straight-laced Eevee’s door claiming he doesn’t know who or where he is, she thinks he’s high and can’t get him to leave quick enough. But when she discovers he’s a kinder (not to mention cuter) version of Danny from a parallel universe, she does everything she can to keep him from leaving.
Panic Switch is a young adult novel. 325 pages and 60,000-some words long. And I’m pretty excited about it, if I do say so myself.
I’m also excited to be going to L.A. this week for the SCBWI Summer Conference! I’ll have loads of stories and photos and writing info to share with you. Can’t. Wait.
I’ll be back on Wednesday with more about what’s been happening in my month-long hiatus. See you then!
I judge books by their first lines. Well, if I’m being completely honest, first I judge them by their covers. Then by their titles. And then by their first lines.
I’m guessing I’m not the only one who does this. (Right?)
To be fair, the first line doesn’t determine whether or not I’ll read the book; but it does impact my enthusiasm for the book.
Take, for example, The Knife of Never Letting Go. My friend Amy Sundberg recommended this book to me a while back (Thanks, Amy!). I finally picked it up the last time I was at the store. I read the first line, and I knew I had to read the book. Great first line.
You can imagine, then, the pressure I put on myself to write good first lines. Because I know there’s someone else out there like me who is going to weigh in on the stamina of my story based solely on the first line. Eek.
This weekend while working on novel revisions, I finally found my first line. I mean, I’ve had a first line for a while, but it wasn’t THE first line, if you know what I mean. I knew it would change, but I hadn’t known yet to what. And this weekend I think I found it. The line that is worthy to launch the story. The line that hopefully has enough weight (and intrigue…and voice…) to make a reader keep reading.
Oh, I’m not kidding myself. I know it could easily change. And probably will.
But for now, I’ve found the elusive first line.
(Tell me I’m not the only one who goes through this, please.)
And are you sitting there wondering how exactly you go about writing the novel you’ve promised yourself you’re finally going to write?
Have you bought books about how to write your novel?
Are you googling in hopes of finding the right resources to get you started writing your novel?
Are you reading blog posts from others writers to learn how to write your novel?
Are you putting off writing your novel because you’re doing “research”?
I’ve done all of those things. I have a lot of writing books. And I read a lot of blogs about writing. I’ve gone to conferences and seminars and workshops and classes.
There’s only one thing you need in order to finally write your novel this year.
You need to write.
Go and write. Don’t worry about anything else. At least not for now.
For now, just write.