Are You Geared Up To Get An Agent?
Meet & Greet: Let's Get it on
If you are here for the What I Did Last Summer: Fact or Fiction bloghop, I will post my story this evening. This post is already quite lengthy as is my fact or fiction story and I did not want to overwhelm my readers. Please check back at 9:00 P.M CST.
I couldn't have known it, but this time last year, I was not even close to ready to begin querying agents. This past year I have learned so much from blogging and from the amazing people I have met through social networking. If I had signed up last year I would have struck out and thankfully I have learned enough to understand why. I am certainly not saying that my writing has improved so much that I will land an agent during this years GUTGAA. I am saying that at least I can make it up to bat.
Thank you Deana Barnhart for hosting the Gearing Up To Get An Agent (GUTGAA) blogfest.
What I Did Last Summer : Fact or Fiction bloghop, hosted by Emily R. King and Melodie Wright. I will post my story at 9:00 PM CST. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. I don't want to overload you with a mega long post.
Where Do you Write:
Anywhere & everywhere. My favorite place to write is in the car. I accomplish so much while I am waiting in carpool lines or for my kids at soccer or cheer practice. I am alone, without distractions and because I have a reason for being parked for over an hour in the same spot, people don't look at me like I am some kind of crazed stalker. I love the freedom of writing in a parked car. I control whether or not I will answer the phone. I get into a zone and churn out thousands of words and I am a little sad when I realize that the hour is up and the car must roll forward.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
This is embarrassing. I see a pack of cigarettes, a lighter, an ashtray , two empty diet coke cans, one full can, and my cell phone sitting on top of Larry Brooks' Story Engineering. (I have a desk next to my bed where I usually write at home, but I am outside writing by the pool because the weather is so nice) That's my pitiful excuse for the cigarettes.
Favorite Time To Write:
Late at night. I am most creative and productive from about 10:30 PM - 1:30 AM
Drink Of Choice While Writing:Iced tea or sometimes white wine
When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I am really weird. I cannot write to music. I find it too distracting, but I can write with the television on low in the background. I do not like complete silence-ever.
What was the inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I prosecuted a woman about ten years ago and early on I had some real doubts about her guilt. This changed as the investigation continued. She eventually confessed in exchange for a plea bargain. We took the death penalty off the table and she plead guilty to second degree murder with a life sentence. The victim was an influential, powerful, married man. So I started thinking: What if someone like this woman was charged with murder? What if she was truly innocent? What if no one believed her because of the victim's political connections? I added things like a pregnancy, a judicial cover up and so on, but that one petite, pretty woman who looked more like a school teacher than a cold blooded killer stayed with me for years - until I finally had to explore someone like her by writing a story.
What is your most valuable writing tip?
I already knew this answer, but recently discovered how valuable it can be. I am not a plotter, but lately I'm working to change that. I took a course offered by Holly Lisle and I recently read a short, but powerful book written by Cathy Yardley, Rock Your Plot. In Rock Your Plot, I completed a detailed scene outline and then a second more succinct scene outline that included only the chapter number, scene number, POV, and the goal, motivation, conflict and disaster for the main character of each scene. Only one line is allowed per scene. For Holly Lisle's workshop, it was called the sentence lite card.
For each scene you write one sentence (if you need more than one, you are not doing it right), that includes what the protagonist wants and why, what the antagonist wants and why, what happens (conflict), where it happens (setting) and the twist.
But, then I remembered the work I did with Lisle and Rock Your Plot. Much to my amazement, I was able to rewrite the ten missing scenes quite easily because of my GMCD and Sentence lites.
So my tip: Have a backup of everything you write and it can only help if you plot your scenes with note cards or Scrivener before you write . I love Scrivener.
And a general tip that I learned from Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer. This is my mantra:
I will not go back to the beginning until I reach the end.
The second winner of Jennifer Hiller's thriller, Freak, has asked that I remove his name from the drawing and draw again. He already owns a copy of Freak. Thank you for being so gracious. So tonight when I draw the 3rd winner, I will also draw another winner from my second post that offers this prize.
In case you are wondering what I am blabbing about. I am selecting one person randomly from the comment section of my blog post. There will be ten winners in all. For each of my next eight post, a new winner will be announced. The prize is a copy of Jennifer Hiller's latest thriller, Freak.
It is nice to meet you all and I am looking forward to making new friends. Please check back tonight for my fact or fiction story that is part of the What I Did Last Summer bloghop.