With my middle grade novel written, edited, critiqued, revised, critiqued again, beta read, revised…yeah you get the picture, I can finally say it’s ready to go. I am just waiting for the query onslaught that agents are receiving this month to subside a bit before sending. Also, I am attending the SCBWI conference in New York in a couple of weeks and will wait until after to query. Tick tock. I’m excited to send and get some response—any response. It’s been a journey.
On another exciting note, I’ve recently begun a new young adult novel that’s been brewing in my mind for a while. I have about 15,000 words written so far and the ideas and characters are swirling in my head like a carousel on high speed. I looked online to find pictures for my main character muses and when I saw them, they just jumped out from the screen at me as though I molded them to life myself. I don’t know if these models are famous people, but they fit perfectly with the vision in my head that I had for my characters. I’ve posted their pictures below. What do you think? I keep their pictures next to my desk because they are real to me and their faces remind me daily to tell their story.
I have to say I loved writing my middle grade novel and it is near and dear to my heart but it sure is fun writing in the genre of YA and I am having a blast with it! Writing is like chocolate to me, sweet, delicious, and euphoric. It is one of those things that gives my heart arms and legs, so to speak. I know many of you feel the same. Do you, who are writers, also pick out pictures for your characters? What other tricks do you have up your sleeve to help inspire?