Summary Challenge

I started reading Lisa Crone’s WIRED FOR STORY, which I’ve been wanting to do since her Lynda.com video was a huge help to me when I was stuck in my rough draft last year.

I just read, “writers who can’t sum up the story they’re telling in a clearly focused, intriguing sentence or two probably haven’t written a clearly focused, intriguing story.”

I took this as a challenge. I tried this a year ago and it was really HARD. But this time after all the edits, it was actually pretty easy.

Outbroken by Cindi Shantz
Fiskel Harloward always knew he was a bad person, that when he contracted Ghiernfel’s plague it was a punishment he deserved. But when he receives an assignment to copy a 300-year-old manuscript written by the Plaguemaker, he is shocked to find Ghiernfel’s handwriting is his own.

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Paper Edits Are Done!

This past weekend I finished inputting my paper edits into my digital file. That was so much more tedious than I expected, and procrastination definitely became an issue. But it’s done now!

Afterward I spent a little extra time on my first chapter, and sent the file off to my beta readers! It came in just under 113K, which I think is completely reasonable. I’m of course still open to cuts. Still open to huge rewrites even if that’s what it takes.

And can I tell you how thrilled I am about my beta readers?! I posted a call for readers on Facebook, and I got eight volunteers. Eight! Four are close friends, all people who I know will give great feedback. The other four are people I don’t know very well. Two of them I’ve only met once or twice–one an artist, one a free-time writer–and one I haven’t seen since elementary school and another I haven’t seen since high school. I am so excited to see the range of responses I get, and I am psyched to have people willing to do this for me who won’t be biased by knowing me really well!

And now I wait. And read! I’ve hardly done any reading since February and that ends now! Look for upcoming reading-related posts!