I plan to make a few changes around Cathy C. Hall and I don’t want you to panic. The worm’s not going anywhere.
Just adding a few tweaks here, taking away a few bits there.
And to think that it all started when I heard three little words.
You’ll have to zip over to The Muffin for my post today if you want to know the three little words. And don’t blame me if you start making changes to your own website/blog.
(Okay, you can blame me a little bit. But it’ll all be good when we’re done, right?)
If you said writing the pitch or the query or the synopsis, you win the prize.
Um…I haven’t actually got a prize for you. But I do have help, so that’s sort of a prize, right?
Over at The Muffin today, I shared my quick tips for taming the three-headed beast of pitch, query, and synopsis. I even threw in an example or two, using Beauty and The Beast. (How clever is that?)
But one thing that I didn’t mention over at The Muffin is this: if you want to get good at writing the pitch or query, practice writing them. Use a novel you’ve just read–one that you loved. Or maybe even a movie. Then go back and take a look at your manuscript.
If you can’t figure out your pitch or query as easily, it could be because your story’s not quite focused enough. You might need to do a little fine-tuning in revision.
Um…sorry. That’s not exactly the prize you wanted, is it? But you’ll thank me later when you win a contract.
I wonder if a holiday about love comes in February because we all need a good warming up?
Well, whatever the reason, I managed to fit love and the puppy and a writing lesson into my latest post at The Muffin: “And They Called It Manuscript Love.”
And since you now have the song stuck in your head, you might as well sing along. (No need to thank me. Happy February!)
A few weeks ago, I resolved to keep my Facebook link-clicking habit in check and spend only seven minutes a day over there. And so far, it’s been working relatively well.
In fact, you’d probably throw something at me if you knew how many writing hours I’ve accrued this month. But then you might throw your shoulder out of joint. And if your shoulder’s out of joint, you’ll have to go to the emergency room, where you might slip on spilled coffee and careen into a police officer who’s guarding a cat burglar. And now the burglar’s gotten away and gone straight to your (now empty) house and stolen your cat.
Don’t end up with a missing cat. Accrue your own writing hours (and find out how I managed it when you click on this link to The Muffin.)
If you’re new here, you might not have noticed that I’m a regular contributor over at The Muffin. That’s the blog all about writing at WOW!Women-on-writing (also a WONDERFUL resource for writers, no matter what you write!).
Just yesterday, I blogged about a moment a few weeks ago, when I tried on a coat and it didn’t fit. That moment led to a sort of writing moment and…well. You can read all about it here. You’ll feel better about your writing after reading it, I promise.
Know what else can make you feel better about your writing? Writing.
Seems simple, I know, but many of us talk about writing and never quite get any writing finished. And so I’m going to direct you to today’s post at The Muffin wherein we’re looking for YOU to contribute. The Friday Speak Out posts aren’t paying gigs, but they are good writing practice, especially for those of you who need to work on seeing your writing through.
And for those of you who simply have a lot to share when it comes to writing, here’s a way to get out there and connect with a whole new bunch of readers. Or maybe you’d like a nice writing credit. Perhaps it’ll lead to a gig as a paying contributor to a blog.
I mean, how do you think I got the job at The Muffin?