Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Writer I Am Now or Agents Know Stuff

So, I’m elbow deep into this revision (which has turned out to be much larger than originally intended) and I find myself thinking deep things. Go figure. You see, when I started marketing this project, I truly believed it was ready, finished, and exactly the story I wanted to tell. And now, as I'm going through it, altering plot, ramping up the pace, and hopefully making my characters easier to connect with, I’ve had moments in which I judged myself for not seeing all these items sooner. But then I realized something: the writer I was last year is not the writer I am now. This revision is proof of my evolution as a writer (and that I have the good sense to take the advice of agents as well as writer friends). This is also proof that agents know stuff. They knew my story wasn’t ready then, but here’s hoping I’ve done enough work to change their minds.

Back to revising. :)

Quote for the Day from The Princess Bride

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”


Annie McElfresh said...

Good luck!! Sounds like you are making great progress! :)

Bluestocking said...

Every time I look back to where I was last week, last month, last year, to when writing was just a dream not a reality, I find the same thing - I have gotten better. And it is a wonderful feeling. Hopefully it will be enough for you to get through this next rounds of revisions. Good luck!

Laura Marcella said...

"Inconceivable!" Haha, love The Princess Bride!

Isn't it wonderful that we're not the same writers we were last year? I'm very grateful for that! You're improving all the time; when it gets harder, it means you're getting better.

Good luck, Julie!

Indigo said...

I had a book that ended up getting rejected. I knew it would be and to say it came as no surprise is making light of it. In any case I couldn't agree more on the single fact, I'm not the writer I was then.

I knew a couple months after, exactly what didn't fit and work in that book - piece by piece before it got rejected.

It's amazing looking at things with fresh eyes and knowing, today you're a better writer than yesterday. (Hugs)Indigo

Caroline Starr Rose said...

So glad this is your attitude. You've got a bright future, girl.

Jemi Fraser said...

I know how you feel! I've got a story I love marinating at the moment. But it needs some serious over-hauling. I didn't know it then - but I know it now. I have to decide whether to ramp it up for today's market or let it sit and simmer until the market fits it better :)

Julie said...


Thanks for the well wishes, and hopefully, I'm making progress. There's always that fear that I won't know when to stop... oops, revising addict in the making. :)

Julie said...


Thanks for the comment and it is wonderful to see the improvement, isn't it? And whether this story gets me over the next hurdle, or if it's the stories lining up behind it, I just feel wonderful to be doing what I'm supposed to be doing. :)

Julie said...


I just have one thing to say to you...

"It's not that bad. I'm not saying I want to build a summer home here, but the trees are actually quite lovely."

I love that movie!!! :)

Julie said...


It is. Looking at this story and seeing where it needs to go (with a little help from my friends) has been a revelation of epic parameters (at least in my own little fictionally based world). And I'm loving this point along the path, and that is gold. :)

Hugs back to you.

Julie said...


Thanks for the comment, and it is good to be having fun with this. You know my philosophy is all about the fun and not the burdens. So, woo hoo!

Hope things are going well in your exciting writing journey. :)

Julie said...


That marinating is a powerful thing, isn't it? This process has changed the way I'm going to move ahead with other projects. More marinating and more critical thinking are required. And, of course, that makes more time for new projects in between, and I'm all about those first drafts. :)

Kasie West said...

I was just thinking about you and wondering if you've turned into a shut in. I thought I would check your blog to see how far you were in the 'transformation into a full recluse' stage and to my surprise, I found a post. If you're posting, you're still at least half way above ground (that was me changing metaphors and referring to a hermit and not a recluse).

I'm excited about your edits. :)