The connection between Neopets and literary agents
See, I used to play on Neopets. A lot. And if on the forums you created a post saying you wanted to join a “guild”, you’d have plenty of people saying “Join mine! Join mine!”
I wish it was the same with agents. Imagine you blog or tweet “I’m looking for an agent” and bam! Agents are saying “Pick me! Pick me!”
Now I haven’t started looking for a literary agent yet, because I’m not looking to be published yet, so this isn’t an issue for me. I haven’t experienced the difficulty of getting an agent. But for those of you who have experienced that difficulty, I bet you wished it was that easy, huh?
My voice as a writer
No matter what I’m writing about, it will (almost) always have the theme of family. Either the main character’s family is dead, or not close or really close to them. This family theme stems from my extreme closeness with my family.
Another trademark of mine is dialogue. I love talking, as I have mentioned many times, and therefore there are many moments where characters will talk for paragraphs and paragraphs. (This has a name, but I can’t remember it. Not monologue, but something else…)
The way I define voice–because you have to admit it isn’t easy defining what “voice” is–is how people identify a novel as yours. Basically, your trademarks. Laurie Halse Anderson always write about issues like rape, anorexia, slavery, death, etc. Big things. And she uses a lot of imagery. Ellen Hopkins writes her novels in verse and they’re also always about big issues: prostitution, suicide, drug addiction, etc. Jacqueline Wilson always write about poor families and her novels are aimed for pre-teens and young teens.
Silver Streak is a 1976 movie starring Gene Wilder as the main character George Caldwell.
“On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.” Summary from IMDB.
It passed on TV today and my mother said she loved it when she saw it and I, having a wide taste in movies, thought “Why not?”
I’ve got to say I didn’t laugh that much, even though looking at quotes on IMDB I can see it is funny. But while watching it I didn’t laugh much. And it’s not because it’s an “old” movie; I loved Harold and Maude, which is from 1971.
I finally wrote some more today. Granted, I’ve only written 64 words so far, but that’s better than nothing.
I have 26 possible titles for “Playing with Darts”, of which I only like 3, of which only 1 I think I could use. Guess I’ll have to finish writing it to figure out the best title, but I really want the perfect title now.
Tomorrow is the first day of my two-week work experience, which is called a “stage” in French. Unlike friends of mine who go to a different school, I have to do it. But I don’t mind, because my dad found the perfect thing for me.