Writing progress 22 June 2015 (JuNoWriMo Challenge)

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Sorry, but I have nothing new to report on getting a literary agent to represent my first novel, Art and Soul. I’m still waiting for further responses to my first round of submissions.

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Writing progress 15 June 2015 (JuNoWriMo Challenge)

I came through on my promise about the chocolate fudge cake! If you haven’t checked it out yet, go here now. 🙂

Enough with chocolate (ah, but can you ever have enough?)! Back to the writing…

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If you follow my ramblings, you’ll know that 2 weeks ago I sent the first 3 chapters of my first novel, Art and Soul, to 5 literary agents. In week one post-submission, I got 1 rejection. In week two, I got another.

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Review | Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2)

Insurgent by Veronica Roth book coverEvery bit as good as the first volume of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, Insurgent is another entertaining read.

(In case you don’t know what the series is about – please see the official blurb at the bottom of this review… and here’s my previous review of Divergent)

My take:

One of the things I liked immediately about Insurgent was that the story picks up exactly where Divergent left off and gets on with it. There’s no dithering about to remind us what happened in the last book. Instead we are dropped back into the action as the characters have to deal with the fall out from the devastating events at the end of Divergent.

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Review | Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth book coverA well-written page-turner with a strong female lead. However, while it is entertaining – particularly the first third – it lacks the originality and emotional pull of other dystopian series openers such as The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game.

(In case you don’t know what the series is about – please see the official blurb at the bottom of this review…)

My take:

Roth’s triumph is Tris: a strong female character who gets on with defining her own destiny without being too annoying and whiny (alright, she does whine a bit, but it’s mostly justified). You care what happen to this girl and follow her willingly as she leaves her family to go through initiation into another tribe. However, for me, the book lacks the emotional intensity of The Hunger Games. There are no moment’s comparable to Rue’s death, for example. When [SPOILER ALERT] Tris’ parents are dispatched swiftly in the final pages of the book, I shrugged and read on. We hadn’t spent any time with these characters and it was difficult to feel sorry for their passing. This leaves me worried for the next two installments of the trilogy; with only Tris to really care about I don’t know if I’m invested enough in the story to stay with it for two more books.

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Writing update and JuNoWriMo 2015

Last week I finally submitted sample chapters of my contemporary romance novel, Art and Soul, to some literary agents. AND the dreaded synopsis and covering letters.

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Eek!

So, from everything I have read from other writers, I believe I now have six-eight weeks to wait before receiving my first round of rejections! Can’t wait!

 

 

 

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