#PitMad 2016 Hangover

It’s a real thing – just ask the picture.

Yesterday, I decided to enter #PitMad. Huge thanks to Brenda Drake and all who helped put this together. I’ve heard about it for years, but in all honesty I’ve always avoided twitter like the plague.  However, this contest is a blast. If you’re a writer that has a book ready to pitch, do it. Here’s why:

  1. Instead of pitching to one agent at a time, you get to throw your pitch into the pool and dozens of agents, editors and other writers all see it at once.
  2. Read the other pitches. It’s amazing to see how many fantastic writers are out there, and it helps you stack up your idea against others.  I’d worked hard on three, but after the first hour of reading others, I knew one of mine was just terrible. I tossed it, wrote another, and got a like off th...
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Organizing Your Creative Life

I’d love to say that this happens at the beginning of every week right before I dive into a giant pile of <s>leaves</s> work. Nope, not even close. Every morning, as I curl up around my coffee and try to tune out the incessant early morning kid whining (we are not morning people in my house), I have to reorganize my life. Sometimes it takes an hour, sometimes four, but every day brings new things to do.

A few weeks ago though, I realized that the story ideas were generating again. I had several stuck in my head, not to mention each work in progress was at a different level of completion. So, I created a list of every novel (or idea), where it was at on the completion level, what it was/should be about, and a few other minor details.

Man, talk about a lifesaver...

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Pitches, Bitches!

Okay, probably not the best title to start with, but let’s just move forward, shall we?

Pitches. Like all newer writers (and by new I mean to the actual crafting, not vomiting words), I utterly suck at this. There, I said it. Post over.

Not really.

At least once a week I have an epiphany about my writing. This week’s aha moment came when I started thinking about #PitMad, coming up on 9 June. I have a polished manuscript. I have a synopsis, a query (that I need to rewrite) and a 3-line pitch (that I think may have actually rebuffed an agent). Not intentional, just a poor word choice. So, my apologies.

I’ve been looking at all of these pitch tools wondering what I might be doing wrong. I’ve gathered zero interest from anyone. Zero. Then it hit me – I didn’t actually pitch my story...

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Fantasy World Too Big For the Story

Is this even possible?

Turns out that yes… yes it is.  Recently I’ve dived back into a story I’ve been world building for several years, a Medieval Science Fiction. When I originally set out on the journey for this story, the intent was to have a 5+ book series with several parallels. They were all mapped out in my head, and I just knew the awesome direction each was going to take and how they all tied together.

Bucket of cold water please. >.<

Then I got smart. There’s a reason authors consistently encourage one another to keep writing and evolving, and this is one of those reasons.

The world I built is so huge, that telling a single story will never, ever expose the entire thing...

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Oooops!

For anyone out in the universe that has attempted to create a user account, please allow me to apologize. I didn’t realize until two minutes ago that this was somehow turned off. >.<

My sincerest apologies.

It’s now been fixed, so anyone who’d like to stop by and check the place out, I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers!

*scampers off in search of more coffee*

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