Welcome to check-in day 9. How is everyone doing?
Week 2 started out really well for me. I wasn’t working yesterday so I actually produced a word count more than my combined last week’s total. Today I’m working 12-hours again so I’m not sure the tradition will continue but I’ll try. I loved the scene I wrote yesterday, though I’m sure I’ll feel differently once I let my crit partners see it and they expose the problems!
Week 2 is always difficult because the momentum of the beginning is over. You’re probably working on the sagging middle and getting frustrated.
KEEP AT IT! Even if you’re struggling, my philosophy is you can always fix the not-so-great first draft stuff in revisions.
Since we’ve had such a wonderful turnout, we’ve decided to offer more prizes. As some of you know, I’m currently searching for an agent for my new book, the super secret retelling. I consider query writing a strong suit of mine (and my results prove it) so I’d like to offer up a QUERY CRITIQUE as a prize. My critiques are not for the faint of heart! I will shred it if I think it needs work, but I’ll help you figure out what’s high-concept about your book and the best angle to showcase in your query. So this critique is not just for one version. I’ll work with you until your query is so awesome that agents stop glazing over when reading slush and sit up, excited to request your book.
(My previous query for my other book had a 100% request rate. I have a lot of experience writing pitches.)
So how is everyone doing this week? Are you on track? Falling behind? Any advice to other participants on how to keep going?
And don’t forget to check in at Jen Hayley’s blog tomorrow: http://jenhayley.com/blog/