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So I’ve had sort of a rough year, writing-wise, one in which I felt incredibly untalented and incapable of writing something people would truly enjoy. The reasons for this are legion, but not worth getting into here. I hadn’t read my debut novel, All Unquiet Things, since 2009 and over the years have felt many different ways about it, but mostly dismissive, like, okay, it’s a debut novel and whatever, it’s not going to be my best work. And I don’t think it is (my best work is the novel that I’m currently working on, which I love so much it sometimes hurts), but I had dinner with a friend last week and she said that All Unquiet Things is her favorite of my books, that she’s read it many times and continues to love it, so that got me thinking, like, how bad could it really be?
So I just finished it and let me tell you, reading it was a funny experience. I thought I’d find much more that I would change now, given that it’s been five years, but I didn’t. I probably would’ve cut a swath through the adverbs and strengthened some things, but otherwise, it’s a pretty good approximation of what I was trying to do with the book. I was surprised at what I did and did not remember—there’s an entire character I basically forgot, but I remember almost all the dialogue verbatim—and how much I really liked it! It’s hard to go back and read things you wrote years and years ago, but I was pleasantly surprised at how strong I felt this book was, given everything.
I usually have one or two manuscripts I’m fiddling with at any given time, just to have some recreation from the book I’m seriously working on, and one of those manuscripts over the years has been a standalone sequel to All Unquiet Things called All Things Past. It takes place about a year after All Unquiet Things ends, and it starts with a growing romance between Audrey and Neily, which I’m sure most readers would not be into (one of the most common things I’ve seen people say about this book is that they’re glad Audrey and Neily don’t end up together at the end, which I agree with insofar as that’s not something that would’ve worked in this book), but which I’ve always seen as sort of the end game of their relationship. Their budding love is hijacked when Neily spots a girl who looks like Carly at a party and leaves Audrey (whom he has just kissed for the first time) to chase after her. He meets the girl and gets sort of drawn in by her and…well, that’s where the manuscript has always petered out (it’s quite short at the moment). I don’t really plan on writing it fully, or publishing it ever (pretty sure there’s not a market for it), but it’s always been fun to revisit these characters, because they are truly some of my favorites.
Tandem (Many-Worlds #1) - Anna Jarzab
"Power makes you just as vulnerable as it makes you strong."
LOVE THIS. (Also one of my fave quotes in the book.)
Sammy Lester’s had about enough of her life in back of beyond Oklahoma, but family loyalties and uncertainty about th…
I was inspired by Ashleigh Gardner, who I spoke with on a panel at Digital Book World today, and started my own Wattpad account! I even put up the first three chapters (well, a prologue and two chapters) of a work in progress I’ve only shown to exactly one person ever! It is as yet unfinished and completely unedited and so it’s kind of scary to be posting something this raw and incomplete? But you know, taking chances because I’m 30 or whatever. I hear your 30s are for saying “Who cares?” about everything. Right? Also today I learned to use Snapchat. So I’m basically only getting younger!
I just finished reading Tandem by Anna Jarzab and let me tell you that it was amazing! I can’t wait for the next book in her Many-Worlds series to come out. I think June 2014 is the release date? I really hope it doesn’t change.
Sad to say that June 2014 was a little bit ambitious…Tether (book 2) will be out in Spring 2015 (I don’t know the date yet, but the manuscript is in copy edits so it’s finished and on its way—all that remains to be seen is when RH wants to release it). I’m glad you liked it, though!
Very pretty two page spread on Tandem in this month’s Justine Magazine! Contains a short excerpt and an interview with me!
I read in the elevator this morning that people are most productive when they adopt a “work-rest” strategy. I don’t know if that means, “Take a 10 minute nap under your desk every three hours”, or, like, make sure to sleep at night (in that case, I’m nailing it), but I just sent in my final draft of Tether so I’m going to hit the hay hard tonight. Probably sometime around 7 PM.
Did a little interview with Justine Magazine about Tandem. In case you’re interested!
My editor gave Tether (sequel to Tandem) the thumbs up! This, of course, has turned my brain toward Book 3, in which the world burns. Or…something. The exact details are still crawling out of the brain fog, but until then, here is this amazing Ellie Goulding song, “Burn”, which will be on repeat for me for the next several days.
Yesterday, I turned in my newest draft of Tether (Many-Worlds Book 2) to my editor. Not momentous for, like, anyone else on the planet, but in my head I’m basically turning cartwheels because OMG IT WAS SO HARD.
So I’m reading a lot of books about competitive swimming right now (Swimming Studies, this Amanda Beard memoir, this Natalie Coughlin biography) and in one of them (can’t remember which) there was a quote from a different swimmer that (I’m paraphrasing) said something like, “I have to teach myself how to swim every day.” That was my literal experience this summer/fall—I had to teach myself how to write every day. And it was really challenging.
I had to throw away almost everything I knew about how Tether was structured and written and plotted, look at all the elements I had at my disposal and figure out how they could best be rearranged/reallocated/recycled. Then I had to re-learn how to like my characters, which was probably the hardest part. Then I had to write a lot of really flat, crappy, boring stuff just to get moving, so I didn’t sit there overthinking and second-guessing myself and freeze up.
The process of doing this surprised even me, because in late July I wrote my agent an email saying, “I can’t do this, I’ve hit a wall, I’m lost” and it’s November 5 and I have a full manuscript that I really like and am proud of. I keep thinking about what the turning point was and not being able to pin-point it, because there was certainly never a moment when I thought, “I can do this, I’ve had a breakthrough.” Sometimes, that doesn’t happen. But I did it. So I guess we’ll see.
Author Anna Jarzab provides a list of songs and novels that inspired Tandem, the first installment in the Many-Worlds Trilogy. The tunes: “Power” by Kanye West This song first inspired the character of Thomas. There was a time, early in the writing of Tandem, when Thomas was less idealistic and…
This was a little fun thing Amazon asked me to do for their Kindle blog. I sent them 10 songs from my Tandem soundtrack (caution: contains minor spoilers) and 5 books on my recommended reading list. Check it out!