February 27, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’ve gotten carried away by the days – and a cold – probably a letdown from not many hours in The Zone. I miss it. Which is good reason to be involved in another big project right away. I get that now. I did receive “not for me” words from Agent #2 (an all-time record of three days), and decided the manuscript is not really ready for an agent…well, and neither am I. There’s more I want to learn.
I’ve signed up for a novel workshop through namelos.com I’ve mentioned their site before. Just reading their bios gets me excited to go. Only complete Children’s and YA novels with a maximum of twelve writers in a four-day intensive, end of May.
In the process of wanting to understand the difference between ‘query’, ‘synopsis’ and ‘plot summary’ I came across a wonderful blog where you can ask a writing or publishing question in the comments and one of the five “PEG” (Precision Editing Group) editors will write a blog post answering it: Writing On The Wall
TIP: Watching an episode from Season 4 of West Wing (written by Aaron Sorkin) a couple characters were discussing hanging on to the past or letting go and one says, “…life is all about, ‘What’s next?’ It’s like those giant billboards – WATCH THIS SPACE.”
I love that! – xo Pierr
February 17, 2015 § 2 Comments
I like the looks of this staircase, taking it as a sign I’m on the right path. Agent #1 responded already – she’s a shining star to be so speedy. So I’ve risen to the second step having sent to Agent #2. Looks like I’ve drawn 10 treads though I didn’t actually count them in the dream. It was a flash image, two seconds tops. But the image left me soaring.
TIP: Stay with it as far as it goes. – xo Pierr
February 10, 2015 § 8 Comments
Born: Sunday, February 8, 2015 – 7:20 pm – 51,800 words – 243 pages.
I’m excited, sure, but not bouncing around jumping up and down and screaming yahoos. I did fire off a couple group emails of “_____ IS DONE!!!!” giving above stats, and three reader pals are turning pages as I type this (I’m waiting two weeks before I read a word). Yesterday I wandered around in a daze. Tonight my mind leaps to the future possibility of more revisions at the request of XYZ editor – which is probably why I hesitate to host a party and toss confetti – but in order for me to know about these maybe-revisions, my baby novel needs an agent.
Next: I write a query letter to get me one.
I’ve written cover letters enclosed with picture book manuscripts and dummy sketches before, but never the lone query page that reads like book flap copy with a pitch enticing an agent to read the book. I’ve never had a book. This one’s like sixty picture book manuscripts thick!
TIP: Write it. Send it (to your #1 choice on your Top-5 Agents list). Start on the next project. xo – Pierr
February 6, 2015 § 2 Comments
TIP: “Our creative ceiling is what we determine by our language.” – Julia Cameron, The Vein of Gold
xo – Pierr
January 29, 2015 § 2 Comments
Still sorting through papers here, I came across a journal entry about the novel January 30, 2013. I had so many unanswered questions (a list, of course). I remember thinking, “But I don’t know! How am I supposed to know everything already?” afraid the project was a bad idea and wouldn’t be interesting to anyone because I didn’t make outlines and was basically clueless.
My “mailbox friend” (see Teen Novel In-Process post) had been giving fifteen minutes a day to her novel. I’d given mine zero, still afraid to dive in. I’d think about it occasionally, but I understand now how that’s not the same as writing. Not even close.
“I couldn’t hear my narrator and if I lost his voice, I’d lose the novel.” – Tom Grimes, Mentor: A Memoir (I gave this 6 stars out of 5 – beautifully written, reads like a novel – I didn’t want it to end so I read it again right away.)
This is exactly where I derail. If I’m stuck at all it’s because I’ve lost my narrator’s voice. Either I’ve been too long away from the pages or gotten in the way of her, having elbowed front and center with my own voice.
These five FIXes in the photo have this in common. The voice sounds flat or trails off into nothing, no connector to the next scene or chapter. Sometimes it’s obvious, other spots not so much, but whatever – they need fixing. And I think I just found the perfect advice jotted on a little slip of paper from something I read, or heard a director say in the comments after a movie…
TIP: “Think of a visual, not an idea.”