Saturday, March 01, 2014
This week I registered for the Midwest Writer's Workshop in July, which includes a manuscript critique, a pitch session with an agent, and a query letter review. Each of these is about 3 minutes long, so I don't expect to stress about it. I am feeling excited because I don't actually have a manuscript, query letter or pitch as of this moment. I have a manuscript begun, a query letter from my last novel, and a plan to Google what a pitch session is. But, I need this like I need water and chocolate: external, structured, kick-in-the-butt. I have paid for the conference, I made hotel reservations, I took the days off work. So now, assuming I get to my writing room three weekends out of four, I have a total of about 36 hours to achieve these goals. Not much. Do I start polishing the five chapters I have completed? Do I work on a synopsis (part of the ms review) and try to plan out my story? Do I go back and review the dreaded query letter that gained me 132 or so rejections last time around? Do I practice my pitch to my dog Molly?
What I need to do is first things first. And first things, at least the next 5 or 6 weekends, is going to be going full-steam on my story. I have no hope of creating a synopsis or a pitch until I get the story arc figured out. Then I can try for a synopsis, and then start polishing, the first five pages, which is actually the limit to what they will critique.
In any case, my blood pressure is up even though I'm sitting on a comfy bed with a velour throw and my laptop actually in my lap. I'm primed for writing. Now, to keep that excitement flowing. Note to self: Blog about this next weekend....How to keep the fire burning. And the following week...Elizabeth Berg.