Sneak Peek

I had an idea for a series of guest posts on ye here blog a year or two ago. (Wow, has it been that long since I came up with the idea?) But then I got distracted with writing my first novel, and didn’t come back to it. But now, I’m ready.

In early May, I’ll be debuting a series of writing posts right here.

What’s it about? I’m not going to reveal it now. But this picture offers you a clue:

Where am I? What am I about to do?

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I read a touching post this morning from C.S. Lakin, who expresses so eloquently what it feels like when you don’t sell a book. Though it’s been nearly 2 years since my last book went on submission, I remember how earth-shattering that kind of grief felt. Here’s one quote I loved.

“In fact, to be honest, I have often gone into a kind of mourning period right after I complete a novel, a dark depression that lingers sometimes for a week. And even after I pull out of it, it simmers under the surface, building and souring year after year as I wait for that novel to sell, added to all the other novels I have written that still haven’t sold.”

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I woke up this morning excited about an idea for a new young adult novel. This is the best part of being a writer– the early courtship phase. The part whether neither you nor your characters are committing to one another, but you’re flirting across the dance floor, your heart thumping in your chest, thrilled by the possibilities. It’s too soon for dating, too soon for holding hands. But just the eye contact is enough to fuel the excitement.

I’m thinking of this protagonist, a fifteen year old girl, and wondering whether this can work out between us. And if it doesn’t, at least I would have had fun trying.


4 thoughts on “Sneak Peek

  1. Love your description of the courtship phase of writing – so true! I think that’s why I like short stories so much – I get to experience that new love more frequently.

  2. Awesome – I love that you’re flirting with a new novel idea, how cool! And I’m looking forward to your new guest post series in May. Wonderful news on both counts! 🙂

  3. I know, right Jocelyn? I suppose it’s that unbridled passion that gets us writing to begin with!

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