A post full of random stuff today:
Funny fashion memes. Anna Wintour meets Mean Girls, anyone? Also:
Strange things people found in walls. Money and shoes, I get (sort of), but fingernail clippings and hair?
This old post from ex literary agent (now author), Nathan Bransford that offers a really useful tip for figuring out your novel: creating one-sentence, one-paragraph, and two-paragraph pitches.
A query is basically a two paragraph pitch with some query-related detail. But sometimes you’ll want to use a one sentence pitch (for a bio, if you’re into that whole brevity thing), or a one paragraph pitch (for briefly describing in real life conversation when you don’t want someone’s eyes to glaze over).
My feeling: get it all out of the way at once. Save yourself the headache and come up with a one sentence, one paragraph, and two paragraph pitch before you even start to query. Then: practice and memorize your pitches. You never know when you’re going to need them.
Speaking from experience, it really does help to have a pitch ready even before you plunge into the novel. You get a clearer sense of where your story is going, what the conflict is, and what the stakes are. You also get to pare down your character to his/her most basic trait, the one that defines her and her actions, and the one that you as a writer set out to change by the end of the story.
I should have done that for Neverland. (Actually, I should have done that for all my novels.) Maybe then I wouldn’t have gotten stuck.
Also, I’ve started blogging for work.
One of the plus points of working for an online fashion retailer is that I get to fangirl over fashion trends and celebrity styles unabashedly in the name of work and write about them. Is this the marrying of two loves?
I’ve written quite a number of these articles so far, but the team is selective about what goes on the blog, and when. Here is one article I wrote about “must-have tops“.
Of course, they’re not really must-haves — people just write that to get you to read the article ;0)
Blood Promise, otherwise known as The Manuscript That Will Not Yield, is in the midst of some radical changes right now. I intend to rip out the awful saggy middle and whip it into something that will put Victoria’s Secret models to shame …
Okay, that’s quite a mean feat. I mean, it’ll be really hard to top this:
|Favourite VS angel ever, Doutzen Kroes.|
But it’s okay. Because I HAVE A PLAN NOW. So let’s do this.
In the meantime, I will heed this advice.
And keep happy with these:
|Peter Pan quote|
|Oh, stop. What are you trying to do to me?!|
|by Gelrev Ongbico|
|The view from the pier yesterday|
Also, I’m really loving D&E’s new album. Aside from When You Cry, which I shared in an earlier post, this song, Teenage Queen, is another favourite. So catchy and upbeat!
And on that note, have a great week, everyone! :0)