Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Don't tell! I'm writing in the middle of the day!

Shhh!  Don't tell my kids, but it's 2:29 PM and I am working on my book!  My brain is so much clearer in the middle of the day.  Hopefully if I can accomplish a lot, I can go to bed at a decent time tonight.

Official word count is now hovering around 119,800!  WOO HOO!  I knew I had to at least get below 120,000.  I'm finishing up chaper six and still have about 25 chapters to go before I bump into the corrections I've already made at the end.  Moral of the story?  Word count is dropping rapidly!

I never realized how much I "overwrite" but this last round of editing has been very educational.  When I printed out my first draft for friends to read, word count was about 126,000.  And that was after some pretty heavy editing, so I shudder to think of where I began.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Query Letters

Tonight I managed to cut another 50 words out of Chapter 4, which is my least favorite chapter of the entire book.  There's a lot of important information and relationships to establish, but it's mostly a lot of "BLAH BLAH BLAH".  Major snooze fest.

Also tonight I worked on my query letter.  I'm not finished editing my book, but the query letter is TOUGH and it's going to take time to get it just right.  I don't want to put it off.  I think I made good progress, but it is really hard!  Try taking a 400-page book and condensing it into three paragraphs.  Not as easy as it sounds, dudes.  I want to convey my main character's sometimes sarcastic voice, but also keep it short and professional.  And awesome-sauce, as my 6-year old would say.

On a more exciting note, the Jazz beat Portland tonight!  One more rebound and Millsap would have another double-double, but hey, that's life.  I just love Millsap's aggressive style.  He's been one of my faves since his first season.  Memo had an awesome game and IT'S ABOUT TIME.  He's kind of stayed under the radar this year but they really need his size and his outside shot.  Now if the Jazz can just pound Princess Kobe, I'll be a happy fan.

Maybe that was only exciting for me.

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