Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What (Not) to Do When You Have Writers Block

So I've submitted the revised manuscript for second book in my three-book series to my fabulous agent, Stephany. She will either reward me with a cookie or send me back to the drawing board with gentle admonitions and reminders that the book needs, well, a plot.

In the meantime, I have attempted to make some progress on the third installment. And it's been difficult. I'm a chapter in and I keep getting "distracted" by shiny objects and bad TV. I'm not going to say I've never had writer's block before. I will say that I've never missed an important writing deadline. But as a newspaper reporter, I usually had an angry editor standing over my shoulder, which can prove to be inspiring. If nothing else, meeting the deadline will make said editor move on to a different cubicle and stare wounds into some other hapless reporter.

My usual writer's block solutions are not working. Usually a hot shower will do, or taking a break and reading the immortal words of Jane Austen or the slightly more mortal words of Nora Roberts. When I expressed my frustration to my husband, David, his response was, "Well, don't start drinking." While this is somewhat uncalled for advice to someone who considers two Zimas a wild night, he makes an excellent point. Historically, writers and alcohol have not mixed very well, and if they do, not for very long.

So I started a list of the other very very bad things a writer could when blocked. If nothing else, it unblocked me long enough to write this blog entry.

10. Eat. Cake will not make the words flow forth.

9. Go absolutewrite.com/forums. I'm not saying it won't help you. It will suck you in, get you addicted and make it very difficult to get back to your WIP.

8. Order something from Tony Robbins in the hope that it will give you the confidence you need to write.

7. Call your friends to whine about not being able to write. It might help you, but you'll lose a lot of friends.

6. Start querying agents on your half-finished work in hopes that the added pressure of an agent asking for pages will inspire you to wrap it up.

5. Get something on your face tattooed/pierced. In general, it's just a bad idea.

4. Go to Vegas. Broke and blocked is no way to live your life.

3. Ask your kid or pet to finish up the chapter for you.

2. Grow a beard to show your solidarity with other blocked writers.

1. Read someone else's book on a similar topic. Copy and paste
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Googling myself

I will admit that since the Publisher's Marketplace annoucement came out, I've Googled myself a few times. (It just sounds dirty when I see it written out like that.) So imagine my great squealing glee when I see that I'm mentioned on blogs and such. I have buzz!

By the way, don't Google "single undead female," you'll get a lot of weird stuff.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I'm Legitimate!!

My fabulous agent, Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management, just me a copy of an announcement released through Publisher's Marketplace this week. It was a list in new acquisitions in the publishing industry. Here it is:

Molly Harper's SINGLE UNDEAD FEMALE, about a laid-off children'slibrarian, shot by a drunk hunter who mistakes her for a deer, thensaved and turned by a hunky, brooding vampire, to Jennifer Heddle atPocket, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Stephany Evans atFinePrint Literary Management.

Yay! I'm so excited.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Greetings from a Still Unidentified Author

A lot has happened in the last week.

I signed my three-book contract on Wednesday. I'll confess that I've spent the last three or so months on pins and needles waiting for the negotiations to be complete... or to find out that this has all been some big practical joke by the publishing industry. Sort of like a literary Dog Fight. (And that fulfills my obscure River Phoenix movie reference quota for the day.)

I have still not come up with a good pen name. All of my suggestions end up sounding like "pole names." I'm thinking about using, Anonymous. It worked for that guy who wrote Primary Colors.