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kai_stclaire
03 January 2012 @ 09:28 pm

For those of you who don't know, I've been working on my current novel for a year now, and it's reached close to 100k words. Currently, it's going through the editing stages (took 4 months if you were wondering), but it's pretty much done. All I can tell you is that it includes aliens and roses. Sounds interesting, right? For the longest time I thought it was considered paranormal romance, but I was wrong. It's actually a science fiction romance because of the alien part.

 

With this novel, I'm unsure of how I want to publish it. I really wanted an agent in the beginning, but I realized in the end that I'll have no say over my novel. That part bugged me. What's the fun of giving up all the rights of something you created? Besides, I've been pondering over the cover for a good while now, and I have the perfect idea ever. Plus, I'd make nothing if I sold it over to a publisher. It seems like everyone else in the industry gets paid EXCEPT for the author. Bummer, right? Now do you see where I'm coming from? I hated self-published books at first, I have to admit. Most of the self-published novels out there are pieces of crap and weren't worthy of getting traditionally published so the authors went for the alternative, self-publishing. So what do readers end up with? Crappily written, non-edited, poorly managed books. That, for one, is not my goal what-so-ever.

 

Anyways, I guess I should give you a summary of my novel. (Title will not be revealed until further notice.):

Sixteen-year-old Rusty never expected a boyfriend, not after the life as just one of the guys and especially a boyfriend from another world. Just when she's given up on her one true love, the new kid in the trailer court seems to take her seriously. After finding out he's an alien, she's forced to flee to his planet or die in the hands of the evil Princess.

 

Sounds interesting, right? Well, if you think so, post a comment, and maybe, just maybe, I'll eventually post the first chapter on here so you can see whether you'd like to read it or not. :)

And if I get enough comments on the first chapter, maybe just maybe, I'll eventually start making plans to self-publish it myself.

 
 
kai_stclaire
22 December 2011 @ 09:37 am
So I'm deciding just to post random quotes instead of posting them every Wednesday because quite frankly, I never remember to do so. So here you go:


Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
-Thomas Merton

I just found this quote and I absolutely loved it. I knew I had to share this one for sure.
This quote is so true when it comes to me. My writing allows me to journey away from this world but it also allows me to see who I truly am. Without my writing, I'd be a mental breakdown 24/7. lol


Well, I'll hopefully post sometime after the holidays. Actually I will January 1st, if your wondering. :)
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!
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kai_stclaire
17 December 2011 @ 08:59 pm
Lately, I've been drowned in my own editing, so I haven't posted like I've promised. By the end of this month, it'll be two months since I started editing and one year since I began my young adult paranormal romance.

Anyways, I'd like to talk about editing. A lot of writers are puzzled by editing, and I was at the beginning, too. When I started editing my very first novel, I had no clue where to begin and no idea what editing truly was. So I began line editing...and that was the worst mistake I could have ever made. I F-d up on editing that novel. I only line edited it, and I thought it was perfect. Boy was I wrong! When I sent that disastrous novel out, along with my God-awful first query, I got rejection after rejection after rejection. Boy did I deserve those rejections. My writing in that query truly looked like the writing of a sixteen-year-old, and so did my novel.

I'm so glad that that novel got rejected because now I can go back and fix it all up to its best potential. Plus, it was way too short for YA novel. I had about 55 thousand words, and I'm writing another half of the story, which will make it around 120 thousand now! Even though I had some nice rejections, saying that they loved my idea but didn't connect with my writing, I'm still glad I got rejected. I'm still ashamed when I go back and re-read over my query.

But now with my newest novel, I've learned what editing is all about. Editing is hacking and slashing at scenes and rewriting what you thought was good to make it amazing, which also means to kill your darlings. (One of the worst things is to delete a scene you love, but it only makes your novel stronger) You have to set the right mood for scenes, add description to the scenes, delete sentences. It's also extremely important for characters to say things that fits their personality best.

If you can read through a scene and not be satisfied with it, then edit it. You must never leave a scene alone unless you are satisfied with the outcome. My first chapter took me about 20 times to get correct, from starting over to rehashing scenes over and over again. But it was all worth it, and now, I love that chapter and I'll be glad for it to represent my novel.

Also, pacing is a major thing you should watch for. The first time I read through my paranormal romance, I had the main characters swooning over each within the first two weeks they knew each other. I was sickened by it, so I had to add many sentences to make the novel go slower, and not day by da
y.

To me, I think the worst part is writing the query. The first time I wrote one, I did everything you weren't supposed to do. I used all the wrong words to describe my novel. I even called my paranormal creature gaudy! That creature is not gaudy. It's supposed to be scary! I was also being too weird. I kept saying how awesome of an agent they were, but I didn't even know them so it was kind of creepy.

With queries, you must be as blunt as possible. I learned that you should have the best first sentence to intrigue the agent into wanting to read more. When I fixed up that first awful query, into an awesome, kick-ass one, I received less form rejections--well, they were form rejections still but with add in sentences that let me know that they actually were intrigued with my idea. But my novel was still kicking me in the arse.

So my real statement here is that editing can be quite fun but it can be a pain in the butt when you don't know how to start. And everyone has their own way of editing. You must find the best way that suits you most and you will perfect your baby into a dream come true.

I also find that editing while listening to music really helps me hash and slash scenes, just to let you know.

 
 
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kai_stclaire
08 December 2011 @ 09:20 pm
I am posting my quote a day late. I know! I'm sorry, but I got carried away yesterday, so here it goes. Hope you find it interesting.

"Well done is better than well said."
-Benjamin Franklin

I'm out of words for today. I have two essays due tomorrow so I must start them now.

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kai_stclaire
06 December 2011 @ 09:38 pm
This week so far has been completely horrible, and it's only Tuesday. Yesterday at school, some kids played a prank and dumped powder all over the kids going down the steps in the stairwell. Guess who was one of those kids? This girl right here. And I think it was laundry detergent. Wasn't too happy about that one.

Plus, I haven't conquered how twitter works yet. It confuses the hell out of me, and I don't see the purpose. One day, I will figure it out, eventually.

I wish I had more to say, but I don't. Well, I'll put up a quote tomorrow, so see talk to you then.
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kai_stclaire
03 December 2011 @ 05:35 pm
So...
I've written a YA paranormal romance, which is in the editing stages now, and I've made a goal for myself to have it to done by January. So far so good. I'm almost done with it actually. I've gone through it countless times, and I'm so close to being done that I can almost taste it, well almost.

Well, I've written a poem for it, so here it goes:



Dear Brother,
What does a heart saturated in sorrow hold,
When the world around becomes so cold?
From the day you stole my reign,
Things have just not been the same.
And then there was that girl,
who stole both our hearts.
She's the devil who tore us apart.
Her work of art that she left,
When she stole your soul I'll never forget.

Although your memories still linger,
Things will never be the same, brother.
Forget the blood and hate.
May you rest in peace, dear brother.




So. What do you think? I should probably tell you that my novel is written in two perspectives, but that's all you get to know.
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kai_stclaire
02 December 2011 @ 04:07 pm
Do you know what irks me most? Of course you don't, you barely know me. Well...when people read the very last page of a book before they read the rest irks me more than when someone leaves the toilet seat up. Why do people do this? Seriously, why? That ruins the whole dramatic effect of the ending. Yeah yeah, I know. You say you just can't wait or it helps you decide whether it will suck or not. Well stop making excuses! What do you think the first page is even there for? I didn't write the first page in my book for nothing. I want readers to get hooked right from the start not the end. I have twists and turns closest to the end. Why on Earth would you ruin that for yourself?

But seriously, the first page of a book can tell you a lot about the story. It gives you a sense of the author's ability to write or whether this book is the type your going to like. If I'm not hooked on that first page, for God's sake even the first line, then I'm definitely not reading the rest. But reading the last page? I just want to rip my own hair out at that. My very last page of my book is something I want readers to be surprised at and not know from the very beginning. I mean, if I really wanted you to read it first, I'd have put it as the first page. Just think about all those people ruining the suspense, well for themselves that is. That would be like reading the last page of the last book of a series. Why read it then if you already know what's going to happen?

I found out yesterday that my friend reads the very last paragraph of the books they read. I asked them why, but they couldn't give a clear enough answer. They said it doesn't even give away anything. Well, then what's the point? It takes all the fun out of turning each page and feeling accomplished when you hit that final one. Do these people just hate suspense? Because I'm sorry, but that's what books and movies are all about. I just feel that reading the last page ruins the book.

Is there something I just don't understand? If so, explain it to me.

And I hate it when people spoil books for others. Your just ruining it for the other person. How would you feel if someone told you that so and so died or that so and so is the killer in your favorite series? Someone did this to me a few years ago when I read Twilight, and I was so peeved about it (although I could really care less now since I've moved on from Twilight, if you know what I mean.). So to get back at this girl, my friends and I told her the ending to The City of Bones. She was pissed! I was happy because then she knew how it felt. Serves her right!

I think I'm done. I might post a poem dedicated to my novel tomorrow, so I hope you'll stop by and read it!
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kai_stclaire
30 November 2011 @ 09:56 pm
It's the last day of November, and I'm kind of bummed about it. This month flew by too fast, way too fast. I have another month to revise my novel that I've written, and then it'll be time to send it out to agents in January. Well, that's the goal I've made for myself, so who knows what will happen.

Anyways, I've decided to post a quote of the week every Wednesday. Most of them will be about writing or just something inspirational. I hope you enjoy them!


"It's not the length of the word that matters, but the way it's used that matters."
-Unknown

I'm not too sure who said this quote, but someone posted it on a writing website. But, I think this quote rings true. Some authors think that big words make great novels, but I think that it's the way the words are used that make great novels. I mean, that's what writing is all about, using words to create sentences to engage the reader. It seems pretty self-explanatory to me.

Well, that's all I have to say for today. Goodnight!
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kai_stclaire
29 November 2011 @ 06:14 pm
Originality. Where have you gone? Lately, all I've been seeing is the long drawn out, over-used ideas. I feel like I'm reading the same thing over and over again. Girl meets boy. Boy is magical. They fall in love. The end. Now don't get me wrong. Obviously, that's how paranormal romances are supposed to go, but where are the twists and turns? Where's the risks? I haven't seen too much of it lately, and when there are risks, they turn out to be wussy risks. I want the danger. I want the forbidden love. I want the twists that keep me on my toes. I'm not saying hell with vampires and over-used creatures. I'm just saying where's the stuff that'll knock my socks off?

One book that surely knocked my socks off was The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Now that was exactly what I was looking for. It may not be a paranormal romance, but it has everything I could've possibly wanted in a novel. But you can find out more about it for yourself.

Now I'll get back to where I was. Originality. I'm not saying we should get rid of popular ideas altogether. I mean, that's where all the money is going. People enjoy that stuff. But I just don't want to read the same books with different names and places.

Which brings me to another thing. Self-published authors. Now, before you come up with the wrong idea, I'm not fully against it, but I'm not fully for it. I mean, authors like Amanda Hocking have done well with self-publishing. She wouldn't be where she was today if she didn't. But then there's those certain self-published authors that you can tell just by their writing why they couldn't snag an agent. I'm not saying self-publishing is the devil because it's not. It's just opening doorways for lots and lots of failure.

Another thing I would like to bring up is rejections. The worst thing in the process of getting published, but rejections are a big step in becoming a better author. Most of the time it means your writing needs more time to develop, and a lot of the times, that is very true. I would know. I've been rejected, and I'm glad, because I would've been embarrassed publishing something so juvenile. That book has so much more potential and I almost wasted it. But then there's those rejections where agents had second thoughts, but it's too late now. Sometimes an agent has to reject because he/she has something similar already, and they don't want competition against the author they already snagged up, would you? And then there are those agents who have to pay their bills, too. Even if the book is so amazing that he/she can't believe it, that doesn't mean that it will make it big time.

I think I've made my point here...
 
 
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kai_stclaire
26 November 2011 @ 10:13 pm
Those forbidden, mind boggling, ear-splitting banned words of the youth. Are you cringing just thinking about it? I bet some of you are, am I right? Yeah, I thought so.

Opinions vary widely on this topic. Some say yes. Some say no. For me, it depends on the why and how. I can't stand when a writer chucks in a cuss word for the hell of it, especially in every single sentence. I mean, come on, lay off the I-can't-think-of-anything-else-better word, and come up with something worth our time! That's when it becomes too much for me too handle. *HINT HINT* (Catcher In the Rye. Seriously. You can not tell me that it didn't bug you. Or am I just crazy?)

Well anyways for me, when it comes to a character, you must stay true to that character, no matter what. I will use the story that I'm writing for example. My main character, Rusty, is an angst driven, rebellious teen. She's easily aggravated and cusses when she is. Now do I cuss in every single chapter? Of course not. I believe that takes away the meaning of the novel itself. I only do so when my heart tells me so. If I didn't cuss at all, my character wouldn't portray well as the hormonal teenager who can't cope with reality.

Now let's take another story of mine into perspective. The main character, Joelle, is the complete opposite of Rusty. Joelle is a quiet, respectful teenager who never cusses at all. It just wouldn't fit her personality, and it just wouldn't make the story ring true.

I don't want to give away much detail to my novels, but I hope that makes sense. So what are your opinions on cussing in young adult novels?
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