Completely stealing the Throwback Thursday idea from Instagram, which I know nothing about besides that it involves pictures and my wife is obsessed with it, I plan to re-post some of my earliest blogs that you might have missed over the years (yeah, it’s been a couple already).
Here’s what I had to say then:
When I was querying agents recently and had one interested, I made the fatal error of failing to give it an out-loud read before I sent out full copies of the manuscript – a.k.a. REJECTED! Now, I’m sitting here going through it, and I’m catching not only silly grammatical mistakes but also holes in the plot that must be rectified before I send out another wave of queries.
I broke one of the cardinal rules I rail on my students about – PROOFREADING. It is so crucial, but, and I’m about to break another one of my cardinal rules and make an excuse, after spending the entire summer deconstructing and putting back together the plot, when I finished in late August, all I wanted to do was take a break from novel writing. Instead, I read a number of books that have been sitting on my shelf for far longer than I’d like to admit, and I blogged consistently, an aim I wanted to achieve.
However, that doesn’t change the reality that I have an unfinished product that, while it may be farther along than it was at this time last year, it is still ultimately unfinished. I have my remarks, though, real points I need to focus on – development of a more defined, finite setting; keeping with a consistent, clear narration; and cooling it on all the metaphors (God, I love them).
Well, needless to say, I hadn’t realized as much as I thought I did. As a result, I failed to garner more than preliminary interest from agents. Except the difference between now and then is I actually understand why and have taken the necessary steps to ensure success. AKA I left my ego at the door, swallowed my pride, slowed it down, and started from the beginning in relation to edits and proposals.
You can follow the link if you want to see the old and inferior product. Instead, you should check out the ‘Knowing When You’re Too Young to Grow Up’ drop down. Find it under the “Books” menu (or simply follow the link above). That page contains the most recent updates on the coming-of-age fiction novel.
Also, check back next Friday for an update on the novel’s progress and new teasers in the coming weeks!