I need this: 2005 Writer’s Market. And this: 2005 Guide to Literary Agents. Why not throw this in for good measure: 2005 Children’s Writers & Illustrator’s Market.
The synopsis is being heavily pruned right now. Then I will get it critiqued. Then I will research, research, research agents, editors and such. Provided I have at least one of the above three books. And stuff.
There is a little bit of editing I have to do in the next to last chapter of the actual novel. But that should be pretty easy–I plan to extract the chapter and work on it, then plop it back into the story. Good times.
This figures! I slaved and slaved over this 95% complete synopsis, and guess what? I put it in the proper format, and the dang thing is TOO LONG! Now I get to EDIT EDIT EDIT. Gah. Here I was, worried about filling up the 5-15 page requirement, and now I have 18 pages. Lord help me.
If anyone ever tells you writing is easy, you have my permission to b**** slap him or her right across the lips. It is anything but easy. I literally bleed all emotions into my manuscripts. I am drained after writing a particularly emotional scene. I feel sad when I finish a novel. My characters are my friends.
Right now, I am in SYNOPSIS H-E-DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS!!
I never thought it would be so hard to outline a story that’s already been written. But alas. Here I am. Pulling my hair out, practically.
Still, despite all of that bellyaching up there, I love writing and dream of doing it for a (wildly successful) living.
But I digress.
I realized I have a big problem with going to the chiropractor in the mornings before work. It relaxes me so much that by 2pm, I’m ready to conk out. It feels SO GOOD. Mmmm.
I saw chickens this morning! Let me tell you, that made my day. Chickens are great. The way they walk, the noises they make. I smiled when I saw the chickens strutting across that yard. It was awesome.
So, has anyone else seen the Strongbad cartoons that are floating around on the ‘net? They’re hilarious. You should watch them.
Alright. I guess I’ve avoided that synopsis long enough. Back to work with me. Ciao.