Not courtesy of Rebecca Black..
No, I’m not a Rebecca Black (the person) hater, so all you ‘Friday’ activists please don’t get your knickers or other choices of underwear in twists. Now the teen star segment is out of the way, let’s get down to progress earthlings.
In the past days, a few hours in each of them I’ve worked on revamping my query letter. I’ve been polishing, sending to properly critical friends for critiques and making sure that it’s something that grabs the reader. The one I had before, even though it followed one of the supposedly ‘tried and true’ formulas for query letter writing, I thought was downright boring. I’m not saying that following that formula isn’t the way to go, just that it didn’t work for me and how I wanted to come across. This time I’m still making sure I stick to the recurring themes. Okay, let me back up a bit. The ‘recurring themes’ I’m referring to are those rules that even if individuals explaining query letters, synopses, etc, don’t agree on anything else, they do on those. Things like (for a query): Making sure you include genre, word-count, if the work is finished, relevant background and not to mention, a kick-ass mini-synopsis. So, I’ve been sticking to the recurring themes, but adding my own flair, which finally makes the letter read like the person I am and not some random rock easily found if any of us head outside.
I have no clue why I didn’t strive for this before with regard to my query. I think I genuinely thought it was good enough, but coming back to it after a while (this is for peddle-baby), I see the flaws in my approach.
I’ve also done some work with busy fingers on the paranormal romance. I decided that I wanted to re-write it from first-person to third. The major reason is that another work has a similar tone and I decided I didn’t want that. So, I’m going green. No that has nothing to do with anything, just wanted to say that in a post sometime and figured today was as good a day as any. Rewriting from one pov to another isn’t the hard part in my opinion, because all the words preexist — you’re not writing from scratch. What’s unnerving and weird for me at least, is looking down at text and essentially rewriting in the third while seeing the first. My mind likes to warp and so I hit it with a proverbial rock about the size of the one pictured here and try to move along without further incident.
I’ve not even taken a peep at part 2 in the YA series, but that’s okay. I’m still formulating more solid ideas, so I expect to begin with the first few chapters, within the next days. By few, I mean few. I want to do a bit of a tester to see if I like the feel of where the story’s going, as of course they’re multiple paths one story can take. I want to make sure I like what’s behind door number 1 before throwing myself into it, full speed ahead.
In closing…it’s the weekend! I hope you all have a great one. Be productive; see your goals not only in front of you, but the joy, tears, or the weird craving for something salty, as you achieve them :).