October 10, 2012

RTW: Dream A Little Dream

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Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic:
What do you hope to be writing in one year? Three? Five?


Let's be honest here and acknowledge the giant elephant in the corner. A good many of us are hoping that we'll be agented within the next year and everything that that entails. Am I right? I can think of nothing better than having to plough through my story to make it even better at the behest of an agent or even a publisher. (Well, except maybe winning the lottery.) Combing through my WIP over and over and over again to buff it up? 

Bring it.

Because my WIP is the first of a series (I know, I know. I've heard that agents are series weary.) I hope that I'll be fully immersed in getting the next part of the story out onto the page. I have so many ideas for it already that I'm actually eager to get started. That being said, I also have a good many other ideas that I'm eager to plunge into: a YA historical/time travel story, a Steampunk retelling of a familiar legend, another sci-fi idea or two... Too many shiny ideas and too little time.

Mostly, I just want to still be as excited about writing in three or even five years as I currently am. I want to still be putting my ideas into words with the dream that somebody someday will think they're worth publishing. I would love for all of you to be able to read what I've written and to maybe even enjoy it. That would be far, far beyond my wildest dreams.


How about you? Where do you  hope to be with your writing in the short term and long term?

44 comments:

  1. Great dream. :) I'd like that passion to write to stay as well.

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    1. It would be so easy to become frustrated and be tempted to give up on it, but I really hope that never happens to me. I have so many stories to tell! :)

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  2. Oh, good thinking, I want the passion to write never go away too!
    Other than that, if we work hard enough, we'll make it happen ;)

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    1. I sure hope so. :) I have too many stories to tell to give up on it out of frustration.

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  3. I can only join the bandwagon on this one. The passion to write and the joy on dreaming.

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    1. Yes! I think that's the only thing that keeps us writers going. What else would motivate us amidst rejections and the nagging presence of fear? :)

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  4. Yes! Keep the writerly excitement going for years and years!

    PS: I know the song titles are different, but your title got "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Mis stuck in my head. So thanks for that :)

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    1. I just got chills when you mentioned "I Dreamed a Dream" because now I'm thinking about the trailer for the movie that comes out THIS DECEMBER!!! Ahem. Pardon my exuberance. I'm just a wee bit excited. Les Mis was the first ever production of that calibre that I ever saw, so it has a special place in my heart. :)

      And yes, I hope the excitement about writing never goes away. :)

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  5. I also want to continue being excited about writing :D It really helps me to bring balance into my life :D
    And can I just say how much I want to read the sequel? I need to know what happens next!

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    1. My sister said the same thing about the sequel. :) While I was at her place last week I fleshed out some good plot points for it (which my sister's help), and I think it'll be good! Can't wait to get started on it when I'm done with Annie. :)

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  6. Love this! I want the excitement to continue, too. And I would love to read a YA historical/time travel, so please write that :)

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    1. The story was inspired by our trip to Scotland and my love for OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon. :) I've really been itching to work on it especially with the rainy and grey weather we've been getting. Feels very Scottish these days. :)

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  7. Good luck reaching your dream :D

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  8. Keep aiming to reach your dream! Your passion for writing is contagious, and I can't wait for your future book! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Samantha. :) I would love for you to be able to read my book someday!

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  9. Keep aiming for your dreams, and most importantly as long as you're passionate and happy that's all that matters!
    (I'm also super excited for Les Mis movie! waaah!

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    1. I couldn't agree more! (On all counts.) :D

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  10. This dream feels very familiar indeed. :)

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  11. Love your attitude about it all, Jaime! I feel very similarly. I just want to be writing one, three, five, and even twenty years down the road. More than that, I want to still LOVE writing.

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    1. Thanks, Katy! I hope I never lose the want to write. :)

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  12. This is why your motivation rubbed off on me! Can't wait to see some of those other shiny ideas fleshed out. And if for some insane reason your current WIP doesn't get published, I'm making you write the sequel for me to read. :)

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    1. You and me both (re: the other shiny ideas). :) I suppose I need to write a sequel one way or another, right? There's no way I can leave our heroine in the situation I did lol.

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  13. I also hope that I'm just as excited about writing in 5 years (and later!), and that I've made some sort of progress in my writing career.

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  14. Great post. I need to remember this- to want to still be writing and getting those ideas down and being excited about it all. Because sometimes the stress of it, the work of it, or the rejection bits of it, can get one down.
    Thanks for this. :)

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    1. You are so right. It's easy to let discouragement creep in and crowd out the love of writing. Here's hoping that never happens. :)

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  15. I'm so on board with you about the whole agent thing. And I can't wait to read your stories. Every idea you mention always sounds awesome.

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    1. Thank you, Liz. :) I can't wait to get working on them.

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  16. Like Ginger Spice says, Girl Powah! You can do it - you rock! Perhaps we should write our time travel stories at the same time - what are you doing in November?! :)

    The whole agent/elephant thing can be exhausting. I've been trying off and on for two years. I wasn't ready when I started. Take your time and it will happen. But the important thing, like you say - that you still love the writing process.

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    1. I'm still finishing up a YA romance that I'm working on, though that does sound really tempting! I'll have to see where I'm at closer to November. :)

      I think you're right about taking time to get things right and not rushing the process. From the sounds of it, a lot of people query prematurely and it ends up ruining their chances with certain agents. I want to make sure this thing is right first. :)

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  17. Good luck on meeting your agent goals! Your book description is awesome (I <3 sci-fi), so I would love to see it in print.

    And, a little off topic, I would totally volunteer to go on a one way mission to Mars. I doubt I'm alone in this.

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    1. Thanks, Nickie! :) And you are one brave woman. I'm simultaneously terrified and fascinated by space. I'm fairly certain I couldn't handle a one-way trip to Mars. O_o

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  18. Love this. Also, your blog design is gorgeous. The green and the brown! *sigh*

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    1. Thanks, Julie. :) I'd tried other blog designs but they all started to feel too busy when I had pictures in my blog posts. I decided to simplify and came up with this. I like it WAY better. :)

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  19. Having so many ideas at once and only picking one to work on is hard. I personally can't handle working multiple projects at the same time. God luck with your goals. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    1. Working on multiple projects at once is definitely challenging, but I've managed to keep them separate in my head. It helps that one is nearing the end of revisions while the other is still in first draft. The crazy thing is that they're so wildly different from one another! :)

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  20. I must've missed that memo that agents are series weary. I have a big one I'm working on that'll probably be what I'm doing in 3-5 years. I don't care, though. I love it and it sucks most of my shiny new ideas into it as it whirls around my brain, trying to assimilate them. I couldn't imagine not writing in three years, let alone five!

    I hope your dreams come true and you're still as excited as you are now!

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    1. I've seen it around different agents' blogs and elsewhere, but yet they're still cranking out the series, so who knows. I guess it's probably because series are kind of a gamble--the first book might tank, BUT if it doesn't they profit off of additional books. I think it's fantastic that you incorporate all of your shiny ideas into the same story. After reading your post I think your story sounds really good! :)

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  21. LOVE the idea of still being as excited about writing in 3, 5 etc years. I want that too. And series are pretty fun to write and read. Hope your plan works out!!

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    1. I do really like reading series, but I kind of get tired of having to wait for a year or more between books. It's easy to forget what happened from one book to the next when you read a whole host of books in between. Having said that, I think it would be nearly impossible to write my story in only one book, so series it is! I do have a standalone book or two in the works as well, so that's exciting! :)

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  22. "I would love for you all to be able to read what I have written and to maybe even enjoy it." - I love this! This is at the center of every single word I put on a page. Every time I read a book that I really enjoy I think, "this is why I write - if I could give someone else this feeling that I'm having right now... that would be the ultimate happiness!" Good luck to you in your quest for an agent and publisher, Jaime!

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  23. I hope to be writing what I love. Now, in a year, whenever. Because to me, if you're doing that, the successes you seek will follow.

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