Monthly Archives: November 2009

Nanoing

I hit 6110.00 words. I keep trying to steal moments away so that I can write but with a house full of life, and I mean full, sometimes finding time is hard.

The story keeps evolving and the characters keep whispering new details in my ear. It’s a dark story. I am surprising myself because usually I am not a dark writer. I stepped out of my box and to be honest it feels natural. I am sure I will find a way to lighten it up.

How is everyone else out there doing with there Nano novel?

I was psyched with my numbers until I saw my friend is at 25,000 words. I need to get writing. I have a free moment. It’s in my best interest that I take advantage of it.

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Try Again

I received another rejection today and I feel misty eyed. I am at a point where I am confused. I have taken two writing courses and had my novel critiqued many many times. I have researched extensively the art of query writing. I have prayed and prayed but nothing seems to be happening.

I am willing to work hard and I accept criticism very well but the reason I am confused is because I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

I thought by taking a course where I had an acclaimed author as an instructor would provide me with an insight on whether or not my story had promise. I walked away from the course feeling warm, cozy and optimistic.

 I sit here today feeling less hopeful but not less determined. Perseverance is necessary in this business. I plan to persevere!

 

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Interview with Maribeth Graham

I love reading author’s blogs and learning new things about others who share the same passion for writing as I do. I especially enjoy reading interviews. I don’t have anyone knocking on my door as of yet to ask me for an interview so I thought I would make up my own just in case someone stumbled upon my blog and wanted to know a little bit more about me.

Question: Maribeth, when did you discover that you wanted to become a writer?

Answer: I always loved to write but didn’t realize it was always my passion until my late twenties. A stop at a Halloween tent introduced me to an ugly witch that I happened to fall in love with. I went home and wrote a story about a little girl who sees the glass half empty until she encounters someone whose life is much more difficult than her own. By the end of the story she learns that there are always other people who have it harder. After writing the story the light bulb turned on and I never looked back.

Question: What did you do once you realized that writing was your passion?

Answer: I literally ran out to Walden’s Book Store and purchased books on how to get published.

Question: Then what?

Answer: There was a reference to the Institute of Children’s Literature and the benefits of taking courses on writing. I immediately signed myself up and was amazed to find out how much I didn’t know about the craft of writing.

Question: Did the ICL help you?

Answer: Absolutely, before I took the course I had no idea how to set up a manuscript page or write in a way that would allow the reader to get lost in something that I wrote. Show don’t tell was a valuable lesson I learned. After completing the first course (Writing for Children’s Magazine’s) I took a second course which helped me complete my first middle-grade novel.

Question: What is your Middle-grade novel about?

Answer: About five friends who get into trouble with the school principal and are given a summer assignment that change their lives.

Question: Can you tell some juicy parts?

Answer: I will tell you that my story deals with friendship, death, love, abuse and forgiveness.

Question: Have you attempted to get your story out there. Do you think it will be published?

Answer: I wholeheartedly believe in my story and know eventually the right person will read it and take it to where it is meant to be. I currently have queries out and I am hopeful that someone will be intrigued by the story.

Question: Tell us what else you have done to further your career.

Answer: I have joined critique groups and had the opportunity to have my work looked at by some very talented authors. I have attended Meet the Editors conferences, started a blog and joined Twitter. I am the type of person who constantly educates myself on the craft of writing. I want to be able to say that I have done everything in my power to become the best I could at the craft I love.

Question: Do you write in hopes of becoming rich?

Answer: I remember early on I read that if your motive behind writing is to become rich and famous then chances are you will let yourself down. I think every writer hopes that their work will be discovered and well received. I write because I have to, it is what I was born to do. If I am not writing a major piece of who I am is missing.

Question: What projects are you currently working on?

Answer: I have about five chapters of a new middle-grade novel. It is a fantastical story. I am completely in love with the characters. This year I surprised myself and entered NaNoWriMo after I dreamt of a story that wouldn’t leave my mind. I have over 5000 words so far. I am curious to see where this one takes me.

Question: Is there anything that you would want agents or publishers to know about you?

Answer: Only that I consider myself a genuine person who is dedicated to the craft of writing. I take constructive criticism very well and know that without criticism a person will never grow. A person who cannot take criticism is failing to see the person they could become.  I won’t give up! My patience and perseverance will lead me to the future that I am intended to have.

Question: What if that future isn’t what you are hoping for?

Answer: Sometimes what we are hoping for is something less than we are meant to have. I am an optimist, I see sunshine in my future and if a little rain comes I have no problem getting wet.

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Intense

I spent the morning writing and intense chapter for my Nano novel. By the end of the chapter my heart was pounding and I swear I could feel beads of perspiration forming under my arms. One week ago this story wasn’t even a seedling in my mind and today it is a tree that is growing faster than I could have imagined.

Do you want an excerpt? What do you think of this?

The beautiful one is making his way towards me and though I know I should be afraid I am not. His presence is hypnotizing.I want to be hypnotized.

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What’s new

This week has been good so far. I received word yesterday that I won another book over at Great Kid Books blog and I am thrilled. The book is titled Testing the Ice by Sharon Robinson. It is a true story about Jackie Robinson. My son and I are both excited to read this book.

In other news my craft idea titled Tress Tube is up on Stories for Children’s Magazine’s website. Are you looking for a fun craft to do? If so check out my idea.

Oh, and did I mention that I have 2000 words so far for my NaNoWriMo novel.  Any day that I am writing is a good day.

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nano_09_blk_participant_100x100_1_png2050 words and counting.

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Dreaming for NaNoWriMo

We have all read about how some authors dream about their books before they write them. Several weeks ago, I dreamt of a character for my second middle-grade novel. I keep a dream journal for situations like this. I have to admit my character is really cool and all I will say is her name is Vanessa and she exudes a light.
Last night, I had another dream. At first I didn’t think much of the dream other than it was strange.I jotted it down but still it lingered in my mind. I wasn’t planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year because I wanted to stay focused on the novel I was currently writing but something about this dream made me rethink that decision. I grabbed my laptop and started typing and before I knew it I was one-thousand words into a new novel that I hadn’t planned on writing. I signed up for NaNoWriMo all because of a dream I dreamt.

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