I love paranormal, both adult and young adult. Even when I try to write a story outside this genre, it always finds its way back. There’s just something about the supernatural that draws me to it. Perhaps, the possibility of the impossible. Vampires, werewolves, witches, sorcerers, faerie… I can’t get enough. Even when they fall off the “Hot” list, I still love ’em. I think that’s where my passion for writing paranormal comes from.
What genre lights your fire? Or are you more of a literary person? Or perhaps, a poet?
My recent participation in the WriteOnCon, a free Online Children’s Writer’s Conference, made me re-evaluate the title of the piece I submitted for critique — Journey to Eden. I have actively pursued representation for this work and it even place third in the Lone Star Writing Competition.
Part of the requirements for submitting a piece for critique at WriteOnCon was critiquing at least five other pieces. I found myself selecting pieces based on genre first, then title. If the title didn’t intrigue me, I didn’t click the link. Journey to Eden is a nice enough title, but is it enough to catch someone’s interest? Probably not. So, I revised it.
Dawn, one of my Novel Clique critique partners, she said, “I like Edge of Truth better because this society is balanced on a precipe. Any misstep and all crumbles into a valley of falsehood. You’ve got a great metaphor with Edge of Truth.”
Although editors/publishers will often make changes, there’s a certain joy that comes with finding just the right name for a manuscript, setting, character, paranormal entity.
Has anyone else experienced changes to names/titles in a completed work? How about a work-in-progress (WIP)?
This writing out of order thing has it’s benefits. First, I’m not spending much time on description because by the time people get to the middle/end of the book they will already know so many things. It has also forced me to really know my characters and be familiar with the setting. I think this will help when I’m writing the opening scenes.
So far I have 20 pages. Not sure how many chapters yet, because I’m just focusing on writing the scenes for now. I’ll break them on cliffhangers when I’m finished. For now, I’m enjoying the dynamics between Lexi, her best friend, and one of her fellow members of the Hunter Brotherhood.
My writer’s group, Novel Clique, and I have finally finished editing October Nightmares and Dreams for the Midwest Children’s Authors Guild. It features 14 children’s/YA short stories and 2 poems. My YA short story Blink, about the only female werewolf Huntress, will appear in the anthology.
Here’s a sneak peek at the back cover blurb:
Beware, Halloween is upon us. Soon, handkerchiefs may come to life and ghosts may appear to hinder or help. You may hear the eerie quiet of an orange grove and the rustling and moaning of a cornfield. Watch for stingy tricksters on the prowl and double-crossing siblings and friends who scatter at the first sign of trouble. Meet monsters that lurk on bedroom doors, hide inside closets, perch on porches, and linger in the mountains. If you’re brave enough, face your worst nightmare in a dark forest.
Then, tell yourself it’s only Halloween. October Nightmares and Dreams presents a collection of stories and poems for children and young adults. Within these pages, you take a spooky journey through the stories and poems by authors of the Midwest Children’s Authors Guild.
For a sneak peek at Blink click here and scroll down.