Now the new first chapter is completed, three scenes each of about a thousand words. These incorporate bits of what used to be chapters three and four with a lot of new material–and lots of the former first chapter got tossed–so I’m reading through (again) making the changes to keep the story flowing through this section. Don’t need the characters having the same conversation twice!
I’m currently through chapter eight with this continuity check, and I expect to discover a hiccup or two in the ending chapters anyway that will require real editing. And then there’s the spell-check round.
I have a specific goal date and agent in mind for a proposal package, so I’m working through the synopsis one more time, plus the query letter and all that good stuff. I’m getting nervous. This is where the rubber meets the road.
Meanwhile, the main character from my newest idea keeps drifting through my mind, wondering if I’m ready to play yet.
Not yet, Sebastian. A little more patience. Another week, perhaps.
Val. You are a crazy writer. And a crazy Mother (in Law). I love you. And miss you.
Valerie Comer says
Thanks, hon! On both.
Scriptorius Rex says
Val, I got a little nervous when sending out proposals as well. Then after cranking out a few a day I forgot about the nervousness and just trudged along with the toil of the whole thing. Pretty soon you just stop thinking about the Potential Yes that’s waiting around the corner and you keep sending them out.
It’s when an agent send ‘send me the whole thing’ that I sat back and thought, “Shoot, this proposal thing actually works?”
Yeah, listen to ^^^ “it’s all just drudgery” and read Ecclesiastes. It’s good to know it’s not all tension and fear, should I ever get this far.
Love you! I can’t wait till the day you say someone asked for your manuscript!
Wait, I’ll help. Can I see your manuscript? Hmmmm?
Good for you! !!!!!!!!!!!