Not to Whine or Anything…

But I really need some questions to spark my posts here. I sit and think and think and think. And then I get tired of thinking and I go eat some chocolate.

PLEASE send questions.

I’m thinking of signing up for NaNoWriMo myself. Think I should?

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11 thoughts on “Not to Whine or Anything…”

  1. Yes! I think you should! Or you could do like me and be unofficial, since I don't like signing up for things….But next year I think I will do it the full shebang just for the experience. This year I am a lurker and using it for motivation. (Sorry, I have no questions for you. Except who are you really? heh heh)

  2. I'm thinking about it too. I can't decide, with school and all.

    But I think you should go for it! And the chocolate? Delish.

  3. I would be Humbly Thankful if you would read my blog . I have a story I want get published , Its a story that needs to be told
    Thank you for your time

  4. OK, I'll bite.

    What qualifies a novel as "historical?"

    If I want to write a "historical" novel, everyone tells me there needs to be a purpose to setting a novel in that era.

    I'm currently reading a book titled: "What I Saw, and How I Lied," by Judy Blundell. It's a National Book Award winner. It's about a young high school aged girl, set in the early 1950s. It's touted as a "historical" novel.

    So, what makes it "historical" rather than "young adult?"

    Yes, one of the characters is recently returned from WWII. The scenes and settings all depict how conditions were back then. But, in my opinion, it could as easily been set in 2009 with the soldier returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. So, what qualifies this book to be "historical?"

  5. Here's a question.
    My Dad keeps saying I should write books specifically for church members, because he sees them as something of a captive audience. And as far as it goes, I do see his point that the mass market doesn't seem to be exactly overflowing with books that present positive messages and role models. I am a bit skeptical, and would prefer to write for a wide audience, just keeping the positive role models and messages.
    As a publisher, does my Dad's approach make sense? Is there a huge demand in the LDS culture for fiction written specifically to and for them?

    Oh, and as far as the NaNoWriMo goes, yeah, go for it. It's not like you'll be tarred and feathered if you don't make it, and you may write more than what you otherwise would have in November, which will be a bonus.

  6. What's the difference between juvenile literature and traditional fiction? I swear that some books I read could be either.

  7. I think you should sign up for NaNoWriMo.

    Here's my question. We've probably all heard the quote from Orson F. Whitney:
    "We shall yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own. God's ammunition is not exhausted. His highest spirits are held in reserve for the latter times. In God's name and by His help we will build up a literature whose tops will touch the heaven, though its foundation may now be low on the earth."
    In your opinion, how can we as LDS authors reach such lofty aspirations?

  8. Yes. I'm fence sitting on it, too. Guess I'll decide for sure Oct 31st at 11:30pm. That gives me a lot of time to mull it over.

    Whatever you decide, good luck!!

    PS: I just finished off a Duncan's Original chocolate mint bar. Naughty me, I should've saved you some…

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