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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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.

      1. Crystal says:

        I have a copy if you want to borrow it.

        You should give some classical a try. There are some pretty somber pieces out there.

        I still can’t wait for this to be a book.

  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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