Thursday, October 25, 2012

EDITING AND DREAM KILLERS

I am almost done with the first step in my editing process and I know I said I would take things slowly and I thought I was, but I just think that this book reads really fast, which could mean that there is something wrong with the pace of it. It is something that I will have to look at. Believe it or not, but I am actually smiling as I am going through the novel and making changes. Let's see if I am still smiling at step 3 or 4.

I had another fight with my brother about my writing and in truth, I just labeled him a dream killer. There are people like him everywhere and we as writers just have to endure them. They add to that thicker skin that we need. So, what did we fight about? Well, he is mad at me for not wanting to change my genre of writing to young adult. I mean, come on! Yes, young adult is great and it sells, but I don't want to write it! I am happy with romance as my characters can have plenty of sex (if they want, of course) and I can kill off people, without having to actually go to prison for it. Now he thinks that I am going to crash and burn and be an unemployed bum forever, who will never be published. All just because my agent has not sold my book yet and because I have no money to show for it either.

Well people, dream killers are literally around every corner and they can take the shape of the ones we love most or some stranger or a critic, that think they know everything. Don't become deterred, because I definitely am not and just keep on writing. We just have to believe in ourselves. I definitely do and I am going to keep writing adult books till the day I die, so my brother will just have to get over it.

So, do you know any dream killers too?

7 comments :

  1. Sounds like underneath his comment is a desire for you to be successful. YA is popular right now, but so many people are writing it. I think it would be hard to compete.

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  2. Well writing YA is no easier, and contrary to popular belief doesn't necessarily sell easier. Go with your gut!!!

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  3. Your genre is your choice - probably not even a choice, but something you're drawn to. There are many other genres besides YA - stick with what you want to do. But I agree with Tonja, it sounds like he's just trying to help, so smile at him and give him a hug :-)

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  4. Good for you! Yes, YA is popular right now and, to be honest, I'm writing my own YA book...but that's just the genre I chose to write - I didn't do it because it's popular, or because I think it will make me loads of money (it won't), it's just what I identify with. It's completely up to you what genre you want to write for, so go for it!
    In answer to your question, my dreamkiller is my dad - he once asked me what I'd do if I could do anything and I said 'be an author'...he replied by saying 'oh, there's no money in that, you don't want to that.'...it's my dream and I'm definitely not in it for the money! Just follow your heart, and you'll get there in the end :)

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  5. Tonja - I know that he means well, but when it comes to writing, I write the type of stories I like, whether they are popular or not.

    Beth - Thank you! I like the type of stories that I am writing now.

    Annalisa - Thanks. He does mean well, but he just drives me crazy.

    Rachel - I agree, writing because you love doing it is always the most important thing. I also don't write for the money. I am sorry that your dad is not more positive, my mom is like that too.


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  6. I think that you must follow your heart and write the story YOU really want to.
    I write in the suspense genre. I don't know if it's popular or unpopular... but it's where my heart lies!

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  7. Michelle - Good for you. I do love the types of stories that I am writing and if I didn't, I would have no idea how I would have to start or even finish a book. Thank you for understanding.

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