Running Fails, Agents, And Creeptastic Stories

Life is crazy, so you know what that means. It’s time for an UPDATE!

1) Remember that 5K I signed up for like an idiot? Well, it’s happening on Saturday morning. I’ve trained just enough to end up like this:

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But I DO have new running shoes. So, WIN.

2) I’m wary of divulging too much information about my Query Rodeo, but I’ll tell you this: Several agents have requested the manuscript for PULL, either in partial or full form. Which is SUPER encouraging because, at the very least, I seem to be capable of writing a good query letter.

And it’s getting close to the time where I might start hearing back from them, so basically I’m feeling a lot like this:

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So, yeah. If you believe in prayer, this would be a GREAT time to say one for me.

3) I’ve started writing a book with a premise so amazing, I’m not at all sure I can do it justice. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you might have seen me talking about how one of my students did a presentation in class that TOTALLY inspired me. Her project was about a super creepy and REAL event that happened back in the 70’s, and my story is based on that, but I will say NOTHING ELSE, my pretties.

Kiersten White always says that you could tell everybody your exact idea for a story and none of them would write the same book as you, but I’m still hesitant to reveal my genius (ahem) ideas.

So anyway, I’ve written a few chapters and I really like it so far, although I’m struggling with the voice and mood of the story. I want to do something in the same tone as THE NEAR WITCH because the story sort of feels the same, but I really have a hard time with the whole grim, dramatic, almost literary style.

I tend to stick with clever and witty, which I know comes as SUCH A SHOCK.

So my question is this: When you are writing dark/grim stories, how do you put yourself in the mood for it? I’m a very un-serious person naturally, so I need a trick up my sleeve. Is there a certain band I should listen to? Activities I should do before writing? Would you recommend any other books besides TNW that I should read?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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20 thoughts on “Running Fails, Agents, And Creeptastic Stories

  1. Jodi says:

    Ooh…see, this is the thing that tends to come out of me unintentionally. And I have to keep reminding myself that what I really want is to keep it light and witty. So if you have tips that could help me write more like you, I’d be really interested in those as well. 😉

  2. Connie Keller says:

    It’s been a couple of years since I read it, but I think The Book Thief had a spare, literary approach. It had a grim feeling. That’s the only book I can think of right off hand that’s YA.

  3. ansley says:

    Pretty much everything I like is dark and melancholy. Mumford and Sons was a great suggestion…I love them…..Brandi Carlilse is also kinda melancholy.

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