pitching update

The night went fairly well.  I knew mine was crappy, but you gotta start somewhere.  We had to state our 1 sentence pitch and then everyone discussed it and helped get it honed into something that’s more presentable to the people who need to hear them.

 

We had two that decided not to attend.  One, who’s name is Bret, I don’t think was ready for the critiquing.  It seems his skin isn’t thick enough to deal with the ripping and bloodshed that happens in a working group.  Yes, he had completed his novel, but…

Still, I think it went fairly well.

Pitching!

Yes, I’ve reached the point of having to begin creating a pitch for my novel.  My critique group has homework, and that’s to create a 1 sentence, 1 paragraph, and 2 paragraph pitches.  You never know when you’re going to need something like that.

People always state that the one sentence pitch is the hardest.  I guess I’m not normal in for me that was the easiest thing to put down.  It also makes me wonder if my overall story is too convoluted for its own good?

I know I haven’t posted anything about my story here, it’s because I’m still working on it.  At least I’m almost half finished with it being close to 40K words.

Wow….

walks in and brushes off the dust.

 

It’s been a while since I was here last.  Sorry about that everyone!  Real life kinda sorta took over, forcing me to put this aside for the time being.

 

I also put aside my story for a while.  It wasn’t that the muses left me, it’s that I had to put it off to the side to work on something different.  Sometimes that’s what it takes.

At least now that I’ve come back, the latest scene is coming fairly well (which is very nice). What’s also good is that I have the whole story pretty much mapped out.  All I gotta do is write the darn thing!

I’ve also upped my daily word count goal.  Originally I had it at 700 words per day (yeah, I know that’s piddlins, but hey, it’s something.  With a friend’s recommendation I’ve upped to 1K.  Kinda close to nano.

Don’t ask me to do nano, because I know I won’t be able to.  I normally have too many things happening in November to sit down for a couple hours each night to pound out about 1600 words a day.

I’m still in my critique group.  Boy, last time they were brutal.  But that’s why I go there.

habits

The hardest thing is getting back into a habit I had.  My original goal was to write around 700 words per day.  I’ve been having problems because of other things that needed to be done.

Finishing classes and graduating.

Critiquing work from my writing group.

And then there was moving.  Though for a time I had no tv and internet.  I got a butt load of writing done.  Maybe I should turn the radio and tv off on the weekends.  I might get more writing done.

 

 

show vs tell

I met up with my critique group once again.  We had a full group this time and lots of stuff to discuss and critique.

Mr. Nasty has made his appearance.  🙂

I am trying to write every day, but at the same time I’m packing to move to a new place.  It makes things difficult.  Not only that, I picked up a Christmas angel from my church and need to shop for him.

I did send my first couple of chapters to a friend to see what she thought about it.  She’s seen my early work and knows of my overall improvement.  I haven’t reached the million word yet, but I think I’m getting close to that.  I mention that because yesterday I looked at something I wrote back in 2009.  I was shocked because it’s like 95% telling, 4% info dump and maybe 1 % showing.  It’s really difficult showing rather than telling, but after hearing Lori Wolfe read a short scene with it telling and then showing helped a whole lot.

A few other things.  I’m debating on when to start a professional facebook page and twitter account.  I haven’t done it yet, but I figure it’ll be sooner rather than later.

One other thing.  I’m over 19K words now  😀

update

I mentioned that I would update how my writing has been progressing since that writer’s conference.  I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to keep mostly on track with 700 words per day.  The last few days, though, I really haven’t done writing per se, but more along the lines of editing sections to get them ready for critiquing.  If it ends up adding to the word count, I’m all for it!  🙂

The biggest change is that I needed to dumb down a character.  Meaning, the character could read, but not write or is familiar with math (or ciphers as he calls them).  But he gets promoted to a very important position, so all is good.  😉

evenings

I had so much fun last night.  I went to a friend’s house for games and a World Series game.  It was nice being with my critique members and not doing the critique thing.  What’s also nice is that I’ve made friends from this.

Another thing that was nice was that it’s given me a couple of good ideas for the upcoming luncheon I need to write.  It’s surprising where your ideas come from.

reviews

Writing is a beautiful thing, and the hardest thing to do a the same time.

Then there’s the editing process.  I don’t mind fixing the problems I inadvertently did, it makes me more aware of what I did wrong.

I recently went through the works that were up for critique in my writing group.  It’s truly a diverse group.  We have writers doing their final reviews all the way to someone whose writing is painful to read because she bunches everything into large paragraphs when she should have separated dialogue up into their own mini paragraphs.  I hope she can deal with the oral critique on Wednesday because it will be painful for her and for everyone else.

critique groups

I’m a member of a local critique group.  It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of, especially when you’re just starting out.  There are people there of all levels, along with an actual editor (albeit retired from editing).

Even though I enjoyed every minute of it, my first two chapters were bled all over.  It was brutal and honest, and awesome at the same time.  I’m so glad I found this group when I did