March 29, 2010 | By: Tracy

Are We The Next Wave?

I'll admit, I'm relatively new to the whole blogging community at large (I had a livejournal back in the day ... when I was spending my youth following Nsync around the east coast. What can I say, I have a weakness for boybands who sing, dance and sometimes play instruments). But blogging about being a writer, and the random stuff associated with it, is fairly new.

This is the first time I've ever been a "joiner" when it comes to my writing. I've done the whole NaNoWriMo thing for years ... but I always found some reason not to meet up with people at write-ins. And I live in a large enough area where there are plenty of write-ins to attend, so I can't use that as an excuse.

It's not that I'm a snob (brat, yes. snob, no.) I wasn't quite ready to talk about it with other people, I guess.To this day, I still stumble when people ask me "Oh, so what's your story about?".  As much time as I've spent with this sucker you'd think I'd be able to rattle off a whole little diatribe, but nope. Perhaps this is why I'm still having so much trouble with that blasted query letter.

Anyway, as much as I've learned from reading what the great agents have to say to the blogosphere, it's been the thoughts of fellow fledgling writers that's made things easier. I've gotten a chance to see I'm not the only one with high hopes and crippling fears when it comes to the world of publishing. I love reading the descriptions  & excerpts of some of the people I follow, and think "Ooh, I'm definitely reading this one if it gets published!"

Okay, bringing it back around to the point of this post. Through the internet (predominantly Twitter) I follow some published authors who only started their publishing careers within the last five years or so. Michelle Rowen is one of my favorites, with the quirky stuff she tweets. Richelle Mead is another. Anyway, a lot of them (granted they often share the same agent) seem to have a bond with each other. Aside from the agenting thing in common, I'm guessing it also has to do with having a personal understanding of what it's like to be at that stage of your career.

So then I started thinking (Uh-oh). I've met some truly interesting people already. I know not everyone is going to make it to becoming published writers. In fact, odds are good the majority will fade away, ultimately deciding it isn't the right time for them to venture into the publishing world. Writers are like friends -- not everyone who starts out that way is meant to stay.

However, there are a few, I can tell just from the way I look forward to reading their blog or messageboard postings, that are different. There's something about the way they view the world that makes them entertaining. And that leads me to believe they have what it takes. (I'm not going to tell you if you're one of those people so don't ask, lol)

I have faith in myself that I'll eventually make it (if I didn't what would be the point of posting this?). And I wonder if five years from now some of us will be the ones on twitter or in our blogs, talking about the woes of having to make editor deadlines, and how to balance two different series at once, etc. It's fun to think about.

Sorry for the daydreaming, it's Monday morning. Do you guys ever think about stuff like this ... or is it just a sign that I really should be working on my manuscript and not get starry-eyed in front of my computer?

3 witty remarks:

Jessica Bell said...

LOL. You are TOO cute. I love the way you look at the world. And I love how you are completely honest when you post. I love how, (as is seems after reading this post) you have come out of your shell. Good writing, I believe, should come from an honest place somewhere inside that writosphere of our bodies. Even if it's science fiction, great writers delve into the depths of what is 'true'. You'll make it Tracy. I think you've got what it takes. :)

Olittle said...

This is a nice post. Eventhough you won't say...I'm hoping I'm "one" of those people :-P

And ditto with the telling people about your story. I get all tongue tied and unable to speak a coherent sentence. Shoot! So, yeah, if I can't tell someone about my story in person, how in the name of Pete can I do it in a query?!? Ah, I digress...


Shannon said...

I loved reading this post, Tracy. I understand your trepidation and daydreaming.

I think it's healthy to visualize your success. How else do you know what your working toward? =)

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