Wannabe Writers is a meme created by Sarah of Confessions of the Un-published!
One of my goals right now is to move my literary ambitions out of the box and onto the shelf, by which I mean that I no longer want to ignore how much I enjoy writing. I love the idea of this meme, and I'll quote from Sarah's post here:
I often find myself searching the web for information during my struggles as a new writer. So I wanted to start a place where us future young-adult authors can come together to ask those questions, share our stories, and get feedback.
I'm going to be offline for the day, but I will read your lovely comments and get back to y'all on your blogs ASAP Monday. :-)
Where I am in the writing process: Novel #1 received some editing, including a new opening (or maybe that was last week...), and I wrote a new query letter. It's still not right, but I'm letting it soak, trying to get past the in-over-my-head feeling I have regarding this query letter. I hope they're not all this hard. I also started a short story about a tragic ancestral event (not to be overly dramatic or anything...). Novel #2 is about 5000 words longer on top of all that, so in all, it was a great writing week.
My current problems: Ummm...query letters? Openings? Oh, yes, why is my novel not YA? The protagonist is 18, and she's dealing with insecurities and questions and has lots of who-am-I moments? Is that adult or YA? I've read a lot of YA novels where the protag is an older teen. I thought maybe my first 10 pages make the character seem older so maybe only the first few chapters aren't obviously YA.
My question of the week then: What makes YA...YA?
Question(s) this week: Writing Romance? How to develop a relationship out of thin air and make it believable? (And not just lust)
I have trouble with this too. To get by the problem right now, I'm having the relationships develop pretty slowly. The characters are teens so there's a lot of flirting and a few cheesy lines (from the guy) and some mild insecurities and is-this-the-right-guy-for-me-right-now type things (from the girl). That's the kind of thing I remember from high school.
In Novel #1, the character Jay was supposed to be the MC's, Zee's, love interest, but then he revealed himself to be a jerk (to Zee and *I* at the same time; boy, was I surprised!) and someone else showed up. I didn't think Cee (the 2nd guy) would be very good at it, but he stepped up to the plate, wooing Zee very calmly and quietly. It was all very strange, since it wasn't what I intended, but I think it works for them.
So I guess...make it feel real. Don't rush it if the characters aren't ready. If they are, sometimes attraction just happens, both in books and in real life.