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post #41 of 47
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I guess I'll have to make some decisions myself.
Go with your gut and I'm sure it will work out.


A writing acquaintance who teaches a class for the workshop at the SF con kindly offered to review my synopsis for me. She liked the query letter & short synopsis alot but suggested trashing my whole long synopsis and re-writing it in a more "movie-trailer" sort of language, with less details and more excitement. So I'm trying that. So far I've mostly managed to convince myself I wasn't cut out to write movie trailers.

And in BIG EXCITING news my novel is a finalist in the PNWA Literary Contest (SF novel cateogry) so I'm very excited! There are 8 finalists total for each category. I have to send them a bio and a photo so they can plaster my head on posters at their summer conference.

On the DOWN side, I can't actually justify paying the $400 to go to the conference, even though it would be awesome (I went to one years ago and it really was fun), because I'm getting laid off and, well, going to a writing conference is kinda low on the necessity list. It would be $100 just for me and DH to go to the awards dinner (and the menu is composed entirely of things that make my pregnancy belly all pukey) so I'm not even sure we'll do that. Plus I'd probably have to buy a maternity dress and actually get my hair cut and so on so.... yeah, now I'm equal parts delighted and depressed.
post #42 of 47
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And in BIG EXCITING news my novel is a finalist in the PNWA Literary Contest (SF novel cateogry) so I'm very excited! There are 8 finalists total for each category. I have to send them a bio and a photo so they can plaster my head on posters at their summer conference.

On the DOWN side, I can't actually justify paying the $400 to go to the conference, even though it would be awesome (I went to one years ago and it really was fun), because I'm getting laid off and, well, going to a writing conference is kinda low on the necessity list. It would be $100 just for me and DH to go to the awards dinner (and the menu is composed entirely of things that make my pregnancy belly all pukey) so I'm not even sure we'll do that. Plus I'd probably have to buy a maternity dress and actually get my hair cut and so on so.... yeah, now I'm equal parts delighted and depressed.
Congratulations, that's so awesome!!!! IMO you should honor yourself with the dinner, even if it makes you puke!!!
post #43 of 47
Congratulations and good luck Aufilia!

So I have almost 13,000 words done in my new novel. I think it will be short. But hey, when I start throwing in the descriptions and editing I'm sure it will get stronger. I like my characters and I love this story so I think this is the one!

Breeze
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On the DOWN side, I can't actually justify paying the $400 to go to the conference, even though it would be awesome (I went to one years ago and it really was fun), because I'm getting laid off and, well, going to a writing conference is kinda low on the necessity list. It would be $100 just for me and DH to go to the awards dinner (and the menu is composed entirely of things that make my pregnancy belly all pukey) so I'm not even sure we'll do that. Plus I'd probably have to buy a maternity dress and actually get my hair cut and so on so.... yeah, now I'm equal parts delighted and depressed.
and if you win and aren't there?!?!? Do you win $? How would it look if you weren't there and won?
post #45 of 47
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Congratulations and good luck Aufilia!

So I have almost 13,000 words done in my new novel. I think it will be short. But hey, when I start throwing in the descriptions and editing I'm sure it will get stronger. I like my characters and I love this story so I think this is the one!

Breeze
congrats!
post #46 of 47
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I'm stuck in lover's hell!

chapter 8-9 is where they meet, chemistry sparks, and all that jazz...but for some reason, I SUCK at writing the beginning mechanisms that show that two people are into each other without it sounding like I'm a little teeny bopper giggling behind the scenes...

any suggestions? I'd post what I have, but I'm afraid of getting laughed at! LOL

if anyone wants to take a stab at it, I'd be happy to do it on the low-down, like via PM... I won't send the whole thing, just tid bits that I think are ok...but I'm not sure

See, the problem is...the MC is in her early thirties, but she really hasn't had ANY love interests since she was 15 (reasons explained in the first chapters)...so maybe this is OK to have her sound all giddy with a few nice big words thrown in for good measure...but I'm worried readers will feel like they are reading a love story written by a teenager who has no clue....BUT, then again, she kinda doesn't...and this is in 1st person POV...

hmmm...I think I may have just answered my own question...

if not, anyone interested in reading some? please PM me! THanks!
post #47 of 47
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Congratulations and good luck Aufilia!

So I have almost 13,000 words done in my new novel. I think it will be short. But hey, when I start throwing in the descriptions and editing I'm sure it will get stronger. I like my characters and I love this story so I think this is the one!
Keep it up! FWIW my first draft was just about 55-60k (it's been long enough I can't remember offhand!) but the second was 75k and I'm thinking it will be 85-90k in the end.

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and if you win and aren't there?!?!? Do you win $? How would it look if you weren't there and won?
See. I can go to the CEREMONY for free. I gather it's after the dinner and they let you sneak into the back of the room when they start announcing awards, or something. Still waiting for the paperwork with details to arrive.

I did pick up quite a cute black dress with polkadot-ish splotches on a sales rack this weekend to wear. It's not maternity but fits anyhow. I've been dithering about whether the dots are TOO bright but my mom approved it and she's more conservative with color than me. So I'm just going to go with it, I think.

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I'm stuck in lover's hell!

chapter 8-9 is where they meet, chemistry sparks, and all that jazz...but for some reason, I SUCK at writing the beginning mechanisms that show that two people are into each other without it sounding like I'm a little teeny bopper giggling behind the scenes...
...

hmmm...I think I may have just answered my own question...

if not, anyone interested in reading some? please PM me! THanks!
I feel for you. I am SO STUCK on revising my chapter 7 right now. I just don't LIKE it because it's all setup... and it's necessary setup but eeehhhhh. I can't think of any way to do it better, though.

I think you did probably start to answer your own question and I'm not good with relationships either, but I'd be happy to look at it and see if I can think of anything helpful to say.
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