Facepalm--to bring the palm to one's face as an expression of mixed humor and disbelief, embarassment, disgust, or shame. For example, when one is caught off-guard with a particularly bad pun. (definition found here)
"What's the biggest mistake you've made writing, querying, or publishing?"
This week, YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday topic is about mistakes in writing, and boy have I made some in the past! Even just remembering, I want to facepalm. In a previous post that can be found here, I talked about the first book I've ever written. I attempted it twice, the first time when I was about 12; it came out to be only 13 pages long. Well, at least I tried, right?
A few years later, when I was 15, I found the pages and remembered how much I loved the story, so I decided to give it another shot. First I wrote it out by hard copy using about eight notebooks and packets of pens--no exaggeration--and then I set out on the journey of typing it. All together it took me about a year and a half. I was proud of myself--I actually wrote a whole book! I stuck out the agony, hard work, and patience to finish it.
About the same time I was finishing the book, I done some research on a favorite author of mine, Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga. On her website, you can find her story of how she got published. I love that story, but as you scroll down, you see she nearly had problems publishing her book because of the word length being too long at 130K. My book was 240K. Uhm....FACEPALM!
After a while of thinking, I told myself that length might not matter if the agents like the story enough, so I queried away. Another bad idea. I still can't write a decent query letter, much less how bad it was a few years ago.
When I received nothing but rejections, I decided, "Well, maybe it is too big." So I did something else and hoped it would fix the problem: I split the book into two. It certainly didn't help. Surprisingly enough, it didn't exactly leave the book plotless, but using the same old query letter didn't emphasize the book any. Eventually I realized that my writing needed a lot more work, so I have shoved that book in the back burner to rewrite later. I still love the story and the characters so much it hurt to have to tell them, "Not right now, guys. Sorry."
As of right now my WIP is going okay; my only problem is it is merely being run on scene ideas instead of a full plot, and I don't want to cut anything out even though I know I have to. *Sigh* What's a girl to do?
Oh, yeah! Facepalm.
And here is this picture, just 'cause I thought it was humorous.
Have you had any facepalm moments with your writing, querying, or publishing? I certainly would love to hear them :)