I wrote a semiautobiographical novel about a difficult period in my life and my daily struggles. It’s classified as contemporary fiction/realistic fiction/women’s fiction. After working on it for four years, I completed the manuscript’s final draft late in 2015, and I began querying literary agents for representation.
I did receive several form rejection letters and a few more personalized ones. One agent said that there wasn’t much of a market for my story, but others might feel differently. Another wrote back declining representation after careful consideration over a lengthy amount of time. She explained that she wasn’t drawn into the material as much as she had hoped. This query rejection implied that my story had promise if I could improve upon it.
Now I’m back to rewriting this manuscript for the eighth time. With each new draft I create a copy of the file before making changes. This way I have the last version saved without the new edits. It helps if I need to restore something I deleted.
For the eighth and final draft of my novel, I’ve cut out much of the original first two chapters. I found the writing sluggish. The beginning could very easily lose a reader’s interest with such a slow-moving pace. I hope the changes I’ve made to hold a reader’s attention will encourage him or her to continue reading the book and finish it.
I’m still writing for one reader as all the famous writers suggest. I’m writing for myself. I’m writing what I would want to read.
I would like to have the final polished work ready by the end of the summer (at the latest). Then I’ll start querying literary agents again. Wish me more than luck.
Edgar Allan Poe was a creative and talented writer who used precise language and imagery in his work.
In his poem, ‘A Dream,’ he wrote it in the first person, using short and simple language expressive of his emotions. It’s a lyric poem, which is melodious like that of a song. Each of the four stanzas is a quatrain–having four lines. While there’s no discernible pattern, he used iambic rhythm throughout the poem, which consists of a metrical foot having a short syllable followed by a long syllable.
The narrator dreams of losing happiness. When he wakes up from this dream, he realizes that he’s already suffered heartbreak. He can’t let go of the past and reflects too much on it.
He compares life to dreams as if his experiences did not measure up to his expectations of life. This truth is the narrator’s real awakening. The truth, or his ‘waking dream of life and light,’ is the brightest in the sky even during the daytime. The poem ends with a question about the brightness of this reality for emphasis.
Susanna Kaysen’s memoir Girl, Interrupted was one of the best books adapted into a film. I loved this book and movie. Published in 1993, it was later adapted into a film in 1999 starring Winona Ryder (as Susanna Kaysen) and Angelina Jolie. I marveled at how this was a wonderfully written work of creative nonfiction. People afflicted with or without a mental illness could relate to so many parts of her story.
Here in this excerpt early in her memoir, Susanna explains how easy it is to slip into a parallel universe of mental illness. She struggled with borderline personality disorder. A mental parallel universe, where the laws of physics didn’t apply, trapped her. After crossing over the boundary between the sane and insane, she felt as if her mental illness contained her inside a prison, thus leading her to a two-year stay at the McLean Hospital.
We all slip into a parallel universe of our own from time to time to escape or to cope. We create our own little world to escape to within our minds when something greater than we are confronts us.
Other times, it’s as if we’ve slipped into another consciousness and become someone unrecognizable to all those around us including ourselves. Over time, what we’ve transformed into imprisons us.
I’ve had this website for almost a year, but I neglected to begin a blog until today. Perhaps this was my way of dealing with first post jitters by delaying it for so long.
In this blog, I’ll post regarding my artistic personal life. These posts will involve any general musings I have about reading and/or writing, poems and quotes I love, sometimes a book review, and some artistic hobbies I enjoy that I’d like to share such as photography.
You can consider this a journal of sorts.
I haven’t yet decided on whether or not I’d like to compartmentalize myself into tidy little social media profiles showcasing microthoughts, photography and artwork, and social networking circles, so I’ll store everything relevant to my artistic life in this journal and on this website for the time being.
Ever since I was a girl, after reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I wanted to become a writer. Over the years, I’ve had other favorite books such as Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, and many others.
Years later, I’m pursuing a professional writing career. I write poetry and have had several poems published in online and print literary magazines. I also write short stories and novels, most of which could be classified as contemporary fiction and women’s fiction.
I love various art forms and the creative life. I indulge in books, music, television, and films–any medium that makes use of the written word.