Susan Speaks: Some Writing Thoughts


After finding my groove yesterday for the first time in what felt like forever, I wrote six or seven pages of the WIP, which I’m thinking will be the follow-up to Trevor’s Song. Although it’s nothing like what I used to be able to do in the days before small distractions who like to call me such odd things as “Mom,” it felt good.

I finally shut the computer in time to pick up a book and wait for James to win Best in Show at Westminster. I’ll have to rave about this book once Debut a Debut is over (why haven’t you entered yet?), but for now, let’s just say that its sensibility is so similar to Trevor’s that I’ve embarked on an information-gathering expedition about the author’s agent. Interesting that the books I’ve been encountering lately that seem to mesh with Trevor are all represented by agents who do a lot, if not all, YA lit. What does that say about literature right now?

What does that say about my getting Trevor’s Song into print?



  1. Southern Writer

    February 14, 2007 10:05 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day. Glad you found your groove. I’m afaid I’m not going to make Debut a Debut in time. I’m really sorry because I honestly wanted to participate.

  2. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 14, 2007 10:06 am

    Well, babe, we’ll do a different contest in the summer, and bring back Debut a Debut next year.BR/BR/You go write really well and make that contest deadline!!! (I miss you, so you’d better win whatever it is you’re entering!)

  3. Rashenbo

    February 14, 2007 11:04 am

    Oooo six or seven pages in one sitting! I’m green with envy! I’ve got to get some good movement… half a page or a page at a time is a snails pace!!!BR/BR/Oh yeah!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  4. Andrew

    February 14, 2007 2:30 pm

    It sounds like a lucky find with that agent.BR/BR/Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 14, 2007 4:07 pm

    We shall see…

  6. cheesygiraffe

    February 14, 2007 4:19 pm

    Happy St. Valentine’s Day to you Susan. I hope you have more days writing like that in the near future. 🙂

  7. Lindsey

    February 14, 2007 7:14 pm

    Congratulations on the writing. May you bask in the glow of those pages for many days to come!BR/BR/Re: Debut a Debut, I’m afraid I won’t make it either. 🙁 I’m only on chapter five and my free time seems to have mystically shrunk, so I don’t envision finishing for a couple of weeks. I’ll still review, though!

  8. Joely Sue Burkhart

    February 14, 2007 11:33 pm

    What a great groove–I love it when that happens! I’m still slogging–doesn’t help that I’m sick today. Hope that agent pans out. I haven’t had much luck yet this time around.

  9. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 15, 2007 12:08 am

    Breeni, I forwarded it to Erica. No problems.BR/BR/Joely, you and me both! (to everything you said!)

  10. karen!

    February 15, 2007 10:42 am

    Progress in the right direction! Keep up the good work… I know you’ll find the perfect agent eventually 😉

  11. Carmi

    February 17, 2007 3:42 pm

    Hi Susan. I followed your link home from Michele’s, and I’m glad I did. It’s always nice to meet a thoughtful writer. It’s even nicer when that writer takes the time to build a strong community with the goal of helping other writers grow.BR/BR/That’s pretty inspiring.

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