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Synopses Are to Me as a Bulldozer is to a Swan-Shaped Meringue

October 28, 2016 by

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Me: I am trying to write a full-length synopsis and it is terrible. So I am going to go to hockey and sulk. Well, maybe sulk and then hockey. Hockey should be fun. I can always sulk more after. Rick: No sulking during date night. Me: (sigh) Fine. Rick: I will hug you until you […]

I’m Not Saying Anything. But if I Was to Say Something, This is What I Would Say.

June 30, 2014 by

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There are two parts of this chart that are the same blue. I don’t know which is which. Or… maybe they are the same? WHAT IF THEY ARE THEY SAME? Can you get hangovers from writing query letters?  

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 […]

Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Writers

August 19, 2013 by

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Reassurance and Validation: These Are the Things That Publishers Are Made of?

August 13, 2013 by

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I spent four days last week at the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA (writers, agents and publishers, oh my). It’s a conference I always enjoy. In large part because it’s one of the only places I can stare at the twelve hundred people surrounding me and mutter, My people. (I mean, obviously, I could do […]

How You Write a Synopsis

May 16, 2013 by

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First you spend an entire day writing (and rewriting) three hundred words. Then, just at the point where you’re going crazy and starting to see things in the text that aren’t there you ask someone else to read it. Hopefully they will say something nice like, I’d read that. Hopefully they won’t say things like, […]

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 […]