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Turning Points

Either it's the holidays and the attendant examination of life and family and my place in the world or it's submission blues, but I find I'm asking the W questions: Why do I write? What kind of writer am I? What do I want from writing? What should I write next?

They're all equal in importance. But after spending three years attempting to write three different books -- and failing -- and then spending almost another three years writing Only The Dead (which received a positive response from the editor who read it, but has yet to garner more than one rejection from agents), I'm looking at the long, arduous trial of writing the sequel or doing something new and I'm out of coins to flip.

I could create a poll, ask those who read these intermittent ramblings what they favored, except the questions come down to the aforementioned W's. Rejection wears on the soul. For example, I'm fairly certain the Doe novelette bounced at WoTF this past quarter, as its bounced elsewhere. Yet I'm still found of him as a character, fond of his world, fond of his efforts to find his way in his world. I even know how to make it a fantasy ... but will anyone want to read it? Because tackling Doe once more will take a great deal of devotion.

So, anyone want to read about a golem cast adrift in a foreign land with its mistress? I'll even entertain title suggestions because, as this is now a fantasy, Doe immediately brings a pun to mind.


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Nov. 28th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
I don't think that's failure. I think some journeys are longer than others, which of course can sound like a lot of fluff coming from me, but everyone has their specific challenges and while some things look like fortune more readily than others, it's just a matter of perspective. Different people, different roads. Every novel and story you write is on the path to the one that will get you where you want to go, and you're becoming a better writer, or the writer you're meant to be, with each endeavor.

I loved Doe's story. What about the simple title of 'Unbound' for it?
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
I think it helps to express ideas about the process. Better than bottling it up. :-)

I loved Doe's story. What about the simple title of 'Unbound' for it?

That part of the post was really meant for you. I knew you liked him. Any title is a good starting point. I like the idea of a "name" title for this particular slant. I'm a Clavell fan, so muse is thinking in terms like Shogun, Tai-Pan, King Rat. Except, as a golem (or as a clone) Doe is a copy. Without the influence of an outside agency, he's without identity. I kept thinking ... he's the opposite of God. "I am not" rather than "I am."
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