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IWSG: August 2019

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here.

Q: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise?

A: I’m mostly surprised by my characters when they do something I didn’t plan on (but that, in hindsight, makes perfect sense). But I’ve also been surprised more than once by agents responding 1+ years after I queried, asking whether I’m repped yet. Usually in these cases they’d either like to (a) see the rest of the manuscript, or if they had a full they (b) are suggesting an R&R (revise & resubmit). Unfortunately, none of these have ever resulted in representation, so… But it’s nice when an agent shows interest or is encouraging.



Comments (6) for post “IWSG: August 2019”

  • I love it when my characters do something unexpected. My unconscious muse is much more clever than I am, so these surprises work very well.

  • I’m so glad I stepped away off the submission/rejection treadmill and found a good small publisher. The agonizing slowness of that process was hard to take.
    Congratulations on your RONE award! I wish you happy writing in August.

  • I remember a first exercise in a hs creative writing class I took (um, we will not discuss how far back that was…ahem…’early 70’s’) was ‘stream of consciousness’ and it was ‘no problem’. I’m not sure I’ve gone far beyond that after all these years. lol So I’m with Christine and love my characters taking over their own story.

    • Appears to be getting more and more typical. Which is why so many are turning to self-publishing, I think. After working so long and hard on a manuscript, the idea of waiting 1+ years just for a response from an agent (or small publisher)—a response that is statistically more likely to be negative than positive—feels like a waste of precious time.

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