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i am pregnant with words

Dudes! I am writing again!

For the last two years my mind has been as a dry and depleted well but now it's all buzzing and blooming with ideas and words. The words have come back!

So I've been writing. Including the middle of the night stuff of needing to keep my notebook by my bed and waking up at 3am full of words and scribbling them half-incoherently in a frenzy of inspiration and insomnia and being as a zombie the next morning.

But words are exciting! The ideas are not for a new novel, they are to lend flesh and structure to an existing one that I worked on for NaNoWriMo so it's just like meeting a friend you haven't seen in years and discovering they are just as shiny and lovely as you remembered.

So at the moment this is what I have: 47,000 words of which 46,000 are good. At the moment those words are all over the place and they need to be anchored and woven into a structure, but I was reading them over last night and I was deeply pleased with them (quite rare actually, I tend to be very critical of my own writing).

And I thought for the first time ever really that I might actually end up with a novel that's good. That's publishable. That's worth publishing.

Of course, I'm a notoriously slow writer. So writing the other 50,000 words may take a while (I have quite a small output, since I tend to edit as I write; because I'm a perfectionist with high-falutin ideas of standards).

But, a few things:

1) When I finish this thing is there anyone who would be willing to give of their time and their eyes to read the draft and tell me with honesty what they think of it? (i.e. don't praise it unless you genuinely mean it. I can live with criticism, and in fact tend to value it highly).

2) How do you go about getting a novel published?

3) Can rejection letters be made into a nice collage?

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yiskah
Sep. 19th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
1. Yes, please!

2. My publishers are taking submissions at the moment. If you want to try for a bigger publishing house, it seems to be generally accepted that you need an agent before they'll even look at you, but actually I found it harder to get an agent than a publisher (I have an agent now, but I had to get published first). Of course, if you've had a bit of success in publishing before (I seem to remember you've published some poetry?) you may do better than me on finding an agent! Otherwise, exploit any contacts that you might have in the publishing industry. Be shameless.

3. Yes! I still have all of mine. I like to look at them and laugh, sometimes.
rainsinger
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I hope your publishers will still be open to submissions by the time I'm finished with this baby. :)

wwww.rejectionart.com There could be a succesful enterprise in there somewhere.
biascut
Sep. 19th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
I would definitely be up for reading, but it depends what kind of novel it is. I mean, if it's speculative fiction, or scifi or fantasy or something, I'm not really yer woman, because I wouldn't know an dwarf from a dilithium crystal. In principle, though, I'd love to, because I really like your writing.
rainsinger
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you!

It's fiction with some magical realism thrown in.
biascut
Sep. 20th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Oh, good, I was hoping it would be! I love things like that.
webofevil
Sep. 19th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
1) Yes, of course.
rainsinger
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
Much appreciated. :)
haggisthesecond
Sep. 19th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
1. Would be happy to read once you get to a late stage with it. However I only give honest comments and not everyone likes this....!

2. Not sure if you know what my job is, I tend to keep it a bit quiet, but let's talk about this on the phone or by email.

3. Naturellement. :)
rainsinger
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
1. Thank you very much. :) I am fine with honest comments, I genuinely am (well unless they are of the 'Yes, your ass is too big' variety). I quite appreciate them actually, since without them I cannot improve.

2. I had an inkling of what your job was, but I didn't want to impose. :)

haggisthesecond
Sep. 20th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
2) I can email you with advice but can you let me know if yndigo....@ aol etc is still the right email address, or is there something more current I should use?
rainsinger
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
I'd appreciate advice, but it's better to email me at nina.san@gmail.com - the aol address still works but it gets so much spam that I lose track of valid emails.

bonnieredwater
Sep. 19th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
I used to work as a script reader and have a degree in writing...I can give you some feedback if you like. I'm nice...but critical.
rainsinger
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Thankfully my Virgo Ascendant is fine with critical. ;)

I really appreciate the offer considering how much you've got on your plate (and how busy you are likely to stay in the upcoming months) but if you're still willing by the time I'm done then I'll happily send it your way. (It doesn't have any pirates in it though).
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rainsinger
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if you'll need my services given the number of responses you've already gotten, but I'm happy to read.

Actually, I'm all for a wide range of discerning eyes. :)
prophetessamy
Sep. 19th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hey! Sounds like a progressed moon cycle - did it just move into another sign/house or something?
rainsinger
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
No change of house or sign, but it's coming up to a progressed lunar return (progressed moon at 20 scorpio, natal moon at 22 scorpio). :)
minnesattva
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
When I finish this thing is there anyone who would be willing to give of their time and their eyes to read the draft and tell me with honesty what they think of it?

Before I got to this part I was trying to think of a way to offer such services without sounding presumptuous. :) I love to read/edit/proofread things, especially for my friends, especially things that sound as compelling as this. :) Sign me up, if you like!

Can rejection letters be made into a nice collage?

Hell yes! Plus, there's always Lulu.
rainsinger
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Before I got to this part I was trying to think of a way to offer such services without sounding presumptuous. :) I love to read/edit/proofread things, especially for my friends, especially things that sound as compelling as this. :) Sign me up, if you like!

Not at all presumptuous, that's very generous - thank you. :)
dubaiyan
Sep. 21st, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
"Dudes! I am writing again!"
This makes me happy :D
rainsinger
Sep. 25th, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
Re: "Dudes! I am writing again!"
I aim to please. :D
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