Monday, 3 August 2009

The New Deal

I am going to get a new perspective on this whole writer thing. I don't think it's healthy for me to be hating my finished manuscript so soon after finishing it. I guess I've decided that I am not finished. My opening line is boring. Nothing really happens. I do a lot of telling rather than showing. All in all, I could do better and so I plan to improve it.

But first I need distance. I won't be touching The Compound until the end of this semester, after I finish my Creative Writing unit. I'm going to be a mega-nerd in the unit, too, because I will secretly be working towards this. That's step one.

Step two is to find an agent. I've decided that it would be silly for me not to. It's really the only way that I can be guaranteed a fair chance of not ending up in the slush pile. Plus, that's the area I plan to work in after University if writing doesn't take off straight away. If I can't practice what I preach, I'm a hypocrite, right?

I guess the step after that is to start something new. I think I'll probably start researching it across this semester anyway because I already have an idea for it, and while I was reading for class today I read about how Helen Garner went about creating The Children's Bach. I have to say, she sounds like the coolest lady ever, and I want to try a little bit of her methodology on my own stories.

I recommend reading this interview with her, it was conducted by Kate Grenville and somebody else I think. Fascinating lady. I really want to read some more of her stuff.

By the way, I am back at university!


Just checked my email and there was a message from Arena Friday Pitch, finally getting back to me. Apparently my work has merit and it was stronger than many of the others that they have received, however they would not be seeking the rest of my manuscript. But who cares! I'm so jazzed! I have merit!!!

Everything is going so well!

I love exclamation points right now !!!!


  1. Woo Emily! Good luck and and that :)

  2. It's good to take a step back from your work before continuing forwards. ^_^ And hey, you're 18 or close enough; there's lots of time for change. Also, YOU HAS MERIT. XD ^_^

  3. Emily thats so amazing! im sooooooo proud of you! your going to be one of the best writers of our time :) i jsut know it. congratulations on the merit! love lolly

  4. Congrats man, that's awesome.
    I think it's a really good idea to take a step back from The Compound. If you continue trying to work on it now combined with uni, it'll probably just end up stressing you out heaps.
    Then, after this semester, you can look at it with a fresh perspective! And with all the stuff you learn at uni :)

  5. P.S. (Cause I just read your comment on my blog)
    Was I going to send you a story? I totally forgot.. Do you know which one it was by any chance? Haha?
    I didn't end up inventing a word, but I'll think of one soon and let you know cause it's the way I feel all the time, recently.


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