Sunday, June 12, 2011

All About Your WIP, or... Erin and Laura Are Nosy

Watching the Ass Over Teacup Twitter feed is a thing of beauty. And wonder. And utter madness. The tweets fly by without a prayer of reading them all. There are just SO. MANY. WRITERS.

And that's just a tiny cross-section. For every writer we follow, there have to be thousands that we don't or heck, don't even know what Twitter is. Which makes me so curious...

What do you people DO? I mean, what are you working on? What gets your muse all a-flutter? What are your goals? That's right, we're very curious about you.

Why? you might ask. Because it's part of our super cute, inquisitive nature.

Also, because we care. Because every writer wants to be asked from time to time, "Hey, how's it going?" and wants someone to want to know what they're up to.

That and we're just really freaking nosy.

I mean, come on. We've got a bajillion writers on the other end of this Twitter thingy and we don't even know what you're up to. We're dying of curiosity here!

So if you would, copy and paste these few questions into a comment and let us (and the rest of our readers) know what's happening.



  1. Who's your audience?
  2. What's your genre?
  3. Who's your main character? Tell us a bit about him/her.
  4. Are you writing in 1st or 3rd person? (No, 2nd is not an option). Past or present tense? (No, future is not an option.)
  5. Do you have an agent? 
  6. What stage are you in right now with your work? Writing/editing/querying/submission?
  7. How's that going for you?
  8. Anything else you'd like everyone to know about your WIP? 


14 comments:

Laura said...

Alright. I'll go first.

Who's your audience? Upper Young Adult
What's your genre? Romance. Teenage angst. LOL
Who's your main character? Tell us a bit about him/her. Sam is his name. He's 17, smart, gay, a writer, and kind of lonely at times. But he's got plenty of boys who are interested, and great friends, so he's got that going for him.
Are you writing in 1st or 3rd person? (No, 2nd is not an option). Past or present tense? (No, future is not an option.) First, present tense. Sam and I are living in the moment.
Do you have an agent? No. Why, do you know someone who'd be interested?
What stage are you in right now with your work? Writing
How's that going for you? Pretty well. I'll be finished soon, which will be outstanding.
Anything else you'd like everyone to know about your WIP? I'm having tons of fun writing this. It's got everything I personally like in a story - whimsy, laughter, heartbreak and angst. It even has a little "magic." Who knew that writing something you'd want to read yourself was such a good idea?? >.<

Francesca Amendolia said...

This is a dead-cool way of trying to make the huge twitter/blogging writer world a tiny bit smaller. So I'll happily play along!

I'm answering for my most polished WIP, The Fugitive Fairy.

Who's your audience?
ME! And 7-12 year olds.

What's your genre?
Urban-fantasy, although the story is set on a strawberry farm, so I'm calling it rural-fantasy.

Who's your main character? Tell us a bit about him/her.
There are two central characters: Abby and Joy. Abby is a practical, stubborn, somewhat arrogant 11-year-old whose heart very firmly belongs to her family's strawberry farm. Joy is the argumentative, grubby, greedy fairy she accidentally catches.

Are you writing in 1st or 3rd person? (No, 2nd is not an option). Past or present tense?
Third-person limited. Past (storytelling) tense.

Do you have an agent?
Not yet.

What stage are you in right now with your work? Writing/editing/querying/submission?
I'm querying a few agents, and one really lovely editor has the ms and might even like it. Fingers and many other digits firmly crossed.

How's that going for you?
It's teaching me the value of believing in myself and my work, and not relying entirely on external validation. If I'm not willing to be my own cheerleader, no one else is going to want to cheer along.

Anything else you'd like everyone to know about your WIP?
Um, it smells of strawberries?

Laura said...

@Francesca - This...

It's teaching me the value of believing in myself and my work, and not relying entirely on external validation. If I'm not willing to be my own cheerleader, no one else is going to want to cheer along.

...is something I desperately need to learn. I sometimes feel like I can't function without a reader who pats me on the back and asks for more story. Not the way to operate.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Oh, I love being nosy! That's why I started a first page critique series on my blog -- so I can peek at people's WIP's! Okay, so here goes ...

Who's your audience? Young adults

What's your genre? So far, historical fiction, paranormal, mystery, and the current WIP is kinda, sorta steampunkish.

Who's your main character? Tell us a bit about him/her. The MC of my current WIP, Mick Brewster, is a 17 year old engineering assistant working for Nikola Tesla. He also happens to be an industrial spy for Thomas Edison and a former anarchist.

Are you writing in 1st or 3rd person? (No, 2nd is not an option). Past or present tense? (No, future is not an option.) Third person, past tense.

Do you have an agent? Yes, I'm proud to be agented by Sara Crowe.

What stage are you in right now with your work? Writing/editing/querying/submission? I have one published book (We Hear the Dead, Sourcebooks 2010) and two manuscripts on submission.

How's that going for you? Thrilling and terrifying! I check my email 100x a day. :D

Anything else you'd like everyone to know about your WIP? Just banging my head and gritting my teeth over working out the climax, but I'll get it eventually!

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Who's your audience? Readers who love historical stories like THE BOOK THIEF and ANNE FRANK
What's your genre? YA Historical
Who's your main character? Tell us a bit about him/her. Surrounded by danger and people with deadly secrets, Chlöe courageously fights to protect her friends.
Are you writing in 1st or 3rd person? 3rd (No, 2nd is not an option). Past or present tense? present (No, future is not an option.)
Do you have an agent? Yes
What stage are you in right now with your work? Writing/editing/querying/submission? All of the above, minus querying
How's that going for you? Joyously
Anything else you'd like everyone to know about your WIP? It's set in Occupied Paris

Laura said...

@Angelina - The premise sounds fantastic and congrats on moving forward in the process! You had me at the mention of THE BOOK THIEF. YA historical is one of my favorite genres. Let us know when we can buy a copy, okay?

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Thanks, Laura. Good to hear YA Historical is loved and eagerly anticipated ^_^

Francesca Amendolia said...

@Laura :) I wouldn't want to make it sound like I've already learned what querying (and rejection - lots and lots of rejection) is teaching me. It's more that I get that the universe is trying to get me to learn something I really need to know if I am to make this my career.

Also, I love the sound of your book and I think the agent Scott Triemel (sp?) might be interested.

He's interested in historical fiction too. I heard him say that he thinks historical fiction is going to be the next big thing. I heard that Ginger Clark thinks that too.

:)

Anthony said...

1. Who's your audience? - Upper YA. I always imagine it as 16-24, but that could be a little wider than reality.

2. What's your genre? - Coming-of-age/Romance

3.Who's your main character? - As far back as Nick can remember, he's only wanted two things: to have a job that made him happy and to fall in love. He spent his college years working to become a radio disc jockey and is leaving his hometown forever to complete that goal. With his new reality just a few days away, Nick realizes that only half of his dream is coming true. He never found love. Throughout the years, he has kept a photo album of all his ex-girlfriends and decides (almost against his will) to look at it one last time. When he finishes, he sees that the “high school and college” chapter of his life finishes with a blank page. He decides to write his ending by visiting his former flames one last time.

4.Are you writing in 1st or 3rd person? First Person.

4A. Past or present tense? Both. Each girl receives three sections: The Beginning, The Middle and The End. The Beginning and The Middle are in the past, and the end is in the present.

5. Do you have an agent? No, but manuscripts are in the hands of a few.

6. What stage are you in right now with your work? Submission, which is basically waiting. Very frustrating. I don't wait well.

7. Anything else you'd like everyone to know about your WIP? Just wanted to try and do something cool and different. No disrespect intended, but I just got sick of seeing seven thousand books about vampires and fairies on the shelf at Borders. Figured that if I wanted to see something different, it was my job to write it myself.

Laura said...

@Anthony - I love the concept of your book and have a feeling our protagonists would get along well. ;)

Good luck with your submissions! Fingers crossed.

Also... yesterday I actually tweeted Harper Teen asking for a recommendation of something, ANYTHING, that didn't involve supernatural elements. I think the market is just saturated.

Marilyn Almodóvar said...

Who's your audience? Upper YA
What's your genre? YA Paranormal
Who's your main character? Clare, US Tennis player, 17 who discovers she's a Phoenix and that Dragons are real
Are you writing in 1st or 3rd person? First person
Past or present tense? Past
Do you have an agent? no
What stage are you in right now with your work? Writing
How's that going for you? It's going great, though it's daunting because usually I just write about ghosts and scary stuff.
Anything else you'd like everyone to know about your WIP? I post weekly teasers on my blog and I'm still in search of Critique Partners or betas for this current wip. XD

Laura said...

@Marilyn - What an awesome concept! I will check out your blog for those teasers!

Author Marty Beaudet said...

Who's your audience?
Anyone who's bored with predictable plots and characters; and who likes their suspense with a sense of humor.
What's your genre?
Neo-Noir Absurdist Romp
Who's your main character? Tell us a bit about him/her.
Nick Prince is a disgruntled Census worker with a broken heart and a record.
Are you writing in 1st or 3rd person? (No, 2nd is not an option). Past or present tense? (No, future is not an option.)
First-person present, typical noir fashion.
Do you have an agent?
Insurance agent? ;)
What stage are you in right now with your work? Writing/editing/querying/submission?
I'm in inspiration mode, writing 1,000 words a day since the first of June.
How's that going for you?
Swimmingly! I'm having a blast!
Anything else you'd like everyone to know about your WIP?
Absolutely! You can read the novel as it progresses each day (currently 15 chapters are posted) at http://bit.ly/sless. I'd love your feedback!

terri.forehand said...

Who's your audience? Children and YA
What's your genre? Children 2-6 and 7 12 right now, but want to venture into YA
Who's your main character? Tell us a bit about him/her. The book I have coming out next year has an 8 year old with leukemia and she is spunky, fun, quirky, and all about telling the reader about having cancer as a child. It is educational but mostly a hoot.

Are you writing in 1st or 3rd person? (No, 2nd is not an option). Past or present tense? (No, future is not an option.) It is in first person, and present tense, but it is also with the publisher and the edits are not done.

Do you have an agent? No but would love one for my Christian books for kids. Someday
What stage are you in right now with your work? I am waiting for revision instructions for the first book, and working on the second in the series of kids with chronic illness. The characters are fun and kids will relate.
Writing/editing/querying/submission? I have a project at every stage, and always trying to hone those skills.
How's that going for you? Iffy right now. The publication process is slow and the marketing can take away from the writing.

Anything else you'd like everyone to know about your WIP? Published a prayer book Titled the Cancer Prayer Book for adults now working on the sequel in The Childhood Cancer Prayer book. Great stuff, although no one wants to think about kids with cancer, it is real.

Thanks, as a nurse I love writing what kids are afraid to ask for from adults.

http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com
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