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Lying on the Floor and Bitching at the Ceiling is Part of my PROCESS

February 25, 2014 by

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This is my motivational penguin (care of Chibird) because I am writing query letters and synopses at the moment and they make me crazy. Well. Crazier. I seriously seem to spend an equal amount of time trying to convince myself that the procrastination I am involved in is a perfectly valid part of the process […]

Which I Suppose Explains Where My Time Went

August 27, 2013 by

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I’m procrastinating writing synopses right now because I’m horrible at it. Instead of fixing this by practicing and getting better my current plan is to avoid them entirely. That’ll work, right? Okay, since I cannot convince myself that’s true the only way I can justify procrastinating is by doing something useful. Something else I’ve been […]

How to Get Someone Else to Synopsise Your Work: A Study in Whining

May 2, 2013 by

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I just remembered I have to write a synopsis for Drink Me* in the next few days. So basically I’m whining and procrastinating and considering how to make lemon flavoured brownies. Honestly, this shouldn’t be that hard. It’s high-concept! The plot is very straight-forward! There are only two characters! Arkem: Drink Me is a rollicking […]

The Writers Who Stare at Ceilings

October 11, 2012 by

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I am… staring at the ceiling and trying to figure how the latter part of the book happens. I mean, I know what happens, but my original mini-synopsis is going to bring the book in about 20-40 000 words short of the length I want it to be. So I need to tweak it a […]

Eat Your Vegetables. Stay Off My Lawn. Practice Your Synopses. Wear Sunscreen.

July 3, 2012 by

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So I am having a problem with my brain where people ask me about the writing and I accidentally spill spoilers all over them. I think it’s because I’m writing synopses. It’s proving quite troublesome shifting from ‘give it to us straight, spoil the ending’ in writing a synopsis to ‘tell me how it’s going […]

7 x 5 ≠ > 2

June 28, 2012 by

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It’s quite difficult to reduce the story of seven characters across five books into a one or two page synopsis. In the end I decided to start from scratch (instead of building from the one I wrote for the first book) and approach it from a direction of cheerfully screwing over half my characters. This […]

Submission Neurosis, Let Me Count the Ways…

April 17, 2012 by

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Actually what bothers me most about the submission process and it’s accompanying string of rejections is not the fear that my work isn’t good enough (that’s a whole other anxiety train) but that my failure might be due to presenting the novel the wrong way. What if I’m just really terrible at writing query letters? […]

Even in Fiction Climaxing Early is Not Cool

April 10, 2012 by

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I have concern. I’m afraid the climax of Wizards is going to come too soon. I’m afraid the first act, those first four hours, will be too short to be a book but if I add their second adventure it will be too long. And I have to account for the fact that it will […]

Time to Submit

March 30, 2012 by

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Today is Friday. Which is taking me a little bit by surprise as for some reason I spent most of last night and yesterday evening convinced today was going to be the weekend. But this is good. It means I have one more day to avoid making final decisions about what I’m going to submit […]

Getting Drunk and Losing Sleep Are Good For Creativity?

March 27, 2012 by

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Arkem: Is Pan doing better after the transplant? Me: He is feeling so much better. At least I think he is. Right now he thinks he’s Bob. But we’re working on that. Arkem: We’re all a little groggy after surgery. Me: Yeah, hopefully he will be fine by tonight. Or tomorrow anyway. Which will be […]

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