I finished my first book, a romance. It was my turn to read for a critique at my RWA chapter's meeting. I was convinced my book was the best I could ever do.
I passed around the required first twenty pages for the members to follow along while I read out loud, then waited to be happily told my pages were fine the way they were. Turns out I was wrong, as my fellow members gently pointed out.
That's when I learned that an abundance of adjectives and adverbs was a no-no, and stories based on coincidences were not believable. Also, too much backstory and narration, and not enough dialogue did not help my cause any. No one said it, but I came to believe that my first book was hopelessly unfixable. I chalked it up to a learning experience, and began another.
After I finished the second book, I excitedly sent out query letters to various publishers and agents. I'd decided to call myself Dana Starr. You'll never guess why, so I'll tell you.
Not only did I insert cute little hearts as part of my stationery letterhead, but in the body of the query letter, I just happened to mention the reason for my pen name. Are you ready for a laugh? I actually wrote that my pen name would make it possible for my books to be placed next to Danielle Steel's on the shelf!
Okay, if you've caught your breath and have stopped laughing, I'll confide that, believe it or not, I've absorbed a few things about writing and marketing since those early days. Still, writing is always a learning experience, so I know I have a lot more to discover.
What about you? Would you like to share a fool thing you've done, either about writing or something else? Please do, or I'll think I'm the only silly one.
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