And Now for Something Completely Different

To take my mind off the June n Peaches story in the hands of others, because obsessing is rarely a good thing, I started a fun little project that is completely different. No wizards, no cats, no bad government agency, none at all. This is in a different world, where a crazy physics Professor invents a weather machine and proceeds to get his revenge on the small town that treated him so badly for the last twenty years.

I have no idea if it's marketable, all the 1950s adventure stories may show up one night to get their revenge, and the James Bond books have all been done, but gawd if writing this isn't fun. My protag is an arrogant young pup newbie reporter at a small town newspaper who thinks he's too big for this two-bit town. Here, see for yourself,

The young man ran down the sidewalk.

Seanan McGuire’s Thoughts on Writing #46: Easy Is For Other People.

Yes, I am posting other people's great thoughts. That's because I look up to these people, and my life goal is to write as well as they do. On both occasions, their thoughts hit me powerfully and had to share.

Originally posted by at Thoughts on Writing #46: "Easy" Is For Other People.

The time has come for the forty-sixth essay in my fifty-essay series on the art, craft, and barely controlled interpretive mosh pit that is writing. I know, it's been a little while. Blame my deadlines. All fifty of the essays in this series are based around my original fifty thoughts on writing, meaning that I'm nearly done. Yay!

Now, to the essay itself. Our thought for today:

Thoughts on Writing #46: "Easy" Is For Other People.

That's a little hard to follow. Here's today's expanded thought:

Not everything you write is going to be easy, and not everything you write is going to be fun, and if you think "easy" and "fun" are your rights as a writer, please go find something else to do. Every book has a chapter you don't want to finish. Every story has a connective segment you just want to be done with already. It's going to happen. Acknowledge it now, and when it hits, you won't be so surprised. But you'll still be a little surprised. The painful parts of a project are like ninjas, and they sneak up on you.

Writing a book is a lot like cleaning a house. For every counter you de-clutter or deliciously sweet-smelling sheet you tuck into place, there's a toilet to be cleaned, a stove to be scrubbed, and a distressing stain to be attacked with baking soda and prayer. If you only take care of the easy, fun parts, you're going to wind up with a house that's one part showroom, one part disaster…and the disaster will spread. The hard parts are often the important ones, even if they're the parts that no one appreciates but you.

Today we're going to be talking about the hard parts, why they matter, the forms that they take, and why you can't avoid them, no matter how hard you may try.

Ready? Good. Let's begin.

My thoughts are not your thoughts; my process is not your process; my ideas are not your ideas; my method is not your method. All these things are totally right for me, and may be just as totally wrong for you. So please don’t stress if the things I’m saying don’t apply to you – I promise, there is no One True Way. This way for my thoughts on doing the hard stuff.

Hunnybun’s synopsis try

Hunnybun took a stab at this synopsis thing, and except for not including the ending, what'cha think? Would you pick up this book?

June’s life has gone to hell. Fresh out of college, she suddenly finds herself out of a job, apartment and boyfriend, all in the space of a month. Having received a job offer from a friend across the country, she packed and headed out, only to find herself seeking shelter in a seedy motel when her car breaks down.  
When Peaches, a marmalade tabby, appears out of the storm and informs her that he is her familiar and she is a wizard, she feels the catastrophe of her life is complete. Wizards in her world are considered evil, hunted ruthlessly by the government, and now all the stress in her life has awakened her own latent magical talent!
After Peaches takes her home to his cattery, June discovers that all is not as it seems and the lines of who is good or evil are not so clearly defined. As she grows into her talent, June discovers that wizards aren’t the evil creatures that she’d been led to believe, and their world is worth defending. And defend it she must, as when her new home is attacked, she finds herself soon defending all familiars from government led genocide.

He's pretty good, isn't he? You can tell he reads this kind of stuff. He's got the dustcover prose down pat. Good thing he doesn't have the patience for storywriting and does songs instead or I'd be in trouble! 😀

State of Anxiety

Well, not really, actually I still feel pretty good about my story being close enough to great to be worth the time making great. I do have a tiny concern that it is too short at 68,851, but those who read it like it and don't complain about the length. Maybe enough happens that it feels like more, or something. *fingers crossed*

What I'm still struggling with is the damn synopsis. Can you tell I haven't done one before? I can. My first draft left out all the funny parts, so I'm adding them in. Except, now I'm worried that it'll get too long. Right now it sits at 2,869 and I got more stuff to add. I've been told that it's used to "sell" the story to people in house. Since I am pretty sure those people are busy, I want it short and to the point, and awesome, I am shooting for awesome. Is 3,000 too long? I wish I knew. *bites fingernails*

Do any of you know just how long is a synopsis supposed to be?

Story is polished up, but…

Yes, today I feel good about my story and feel it's polished enough to be worth a professional's time to fix. *happy dance*
Sadly, my synopsis isn't to that point. The last feedback I got on it was the adventure part matched my full tale, but I'd left out all the fun stuff that's in my story. Sigh, just when you think you've done it all right- edits ahoy.

I went through this with my story, and I grumbled then too, but I'm pleased with the results. So, I'll dive into edits on the synopsis, just ignore my grumbling, okay?

When you feel like you’re not making progress, remember this.

Found on internet today during writing break. Made me feel good about my writing path so far.

funny graphs - The Shortest Path Usually Has Barriers
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Success will come; the best is yet to be.

Current writer mood cycle: I suck!

Haven't posted for a few days about my writing for the simple reason I am in the midst of the writer's mood cycle called I SUCK. Yes, there are people who like my prose, they tell me often enough I believe them, so my "I SUCK" feelings have focused on my story.

Do I have a big climax at the end? Is my protag believable? Is the plot too busy? too boring? Can I even string scenes together to make sense? Ack, I don't have a climax at the end! Any editor I send this to is going  to hate it and tell me I've got to be kidding. *facepalm*

The feedback I've gotten led me to add two scenes. I have one complete and woven in, the other one is longer, and I'm not sure where it should go. Of course, the self-doubt doesn't help at all in that decision. So, not much word count progress since last report (64,831), because I'm so close to things I can't see the sentences for the words. The best thing to do is to step away from the story and let my writer brain figure it out.

But never fear, I'm still

working….