I recently received a phone call, followed by an email message that begins with:
Dear Roxana Arama,
Congratulations! You are a finalist in the 2017 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. You should be very proud as PNWA received close to Eight Hundred contest entries from all around the world. An agent or editor will be selecting the first, second and third place winners in each category.
I entered the Historical category of the PNWA Literary Contest in February 2017 with The Wedding Bell, my speculative novel. I’ll be pitching to agents and editors at their literary conference in July, and being a finalist could only help in that nerve-racking process.
“So, what do you do?”
“I’m a writer.”
“Oh, wow. What have you published?”
“Well, I’m a writer, not an author. I haven’t published a book yet, but I’m working on a novel.”
“Oh. That’s interesting. Have you heard of publishing on amazon?”
“Yeah, I have, but… it’s not that simple.”
I can’t tell you how many times I had this conversation with new acquaintances. Continue reading
First things first: being a fiction writer is, in my opinion, a type of fortunate madness, sanctioned by society, tolerated by family, where a lonely person locked in a room, hallucinating about figments of her imagination, playing god in a world of her own creation can claim to be a functional member of said society, and could even be gainfully employed, to the relief of said family. Continue reading
Rewriting a manuscript requires reading other writers and learning from them new ways of using the language—unthinkable ways, uncomfortable ways, unlikely ways. This is a quick list of what I took away from Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22. Continue reading
First posted on Bob and Jack’s Writing Blog on January 26, 2012.
In my previous post on Bob and Jack’s blog (see Guest Writers), I wrote about the early stages of my novel The Wedding Bell. This post is about my journey as an apprentice toward the later stages of writing a novel. Continue reading