Thursday, January 20, 2011
But that doesn't mean I have to get rid of them forever. I can either reincorporate them later in the book, where they'd have stronger impact or keep them for future novels. Either way, they're axed. And it HURTS!
I have faith. I know I'm on the right path, because I see the signs. Like I said in a previous post, I'll be attending SCBWI's Winter Conference in NYC.
And Sara Zarr is going to be there.
Why is this a sign? Because she writes the most amazing realistic teen fiction novels. Not fantasy, paranormal or vampires!
(Not that I have anything against any of those genres-but YAY for me!!!!!!)
And WHY does this matter? I write realistic fiction and a few years ago it seemed that my genre was never going to come of age, again. Now, I have more hope than ever. There COULD be a Judy Blume type revival. And I'M READY!! I don't think reality ever went away--it just sort of faded into the background of teen novels. But with amazing authors including Jay Asher and Jo Knowles bringing it back with their talent, I believe the best is yet to come. And I hope I'm one of them.
So, while I hope, I'll continue to axe and hammer my novel until I get it right. It's the only way I'm going to get anywhere. Yeah, it hurts, but I'll survive. I have to. I started this. I'm not one to quit, EVER.