It is so hot! How hot is it? It’s so hot, snowballs are going to Hades to keep cool. It is so hot, your groceries are cooked before you reach your car. It’s so hot, the sun is jealous.
Enough of the jokes. You get the hint. It be very hot here in Oklahoma once again. Where are those comfortable temperatures we had last week?
I didn’t feel much like doing this yesterday. I was being lazy is all. Very lazy. Also, I was setting things up so I could work on these goals and figure out which will be done and when. I’m also seeking willing victims… I mean volunteers… to go over my revisions on Society of Night and Lies as I complete them.
Chapters one through three are ready for review, amazingly enough. Everything Michelle, thebnc, noted at the last critique session has been implemented, and I hope, put to use on the rest of chapter one and into two and three. There’s still a few rough spots I’m sure, but need some suggestions to smooth them out.
With #pitchmadness going on, I decided to read through the rules and what is expected so I could figure out what I needed to do. First thing I saw… the first 150 words ends in mid-sentence. You just barely meet the main char when it stops, but you get the feel of the bar. That says to me I need to do some revamping to get her in there.
A synopsis, or even a pitch, is a tad more difficult for me. I think I have something, but I’ll save it for another post. As it looks now, this #pitchmadness will have to be missed so I can present something better.
Anyway, onto the goals. Would you believe I’ve made good progress this week and it’s only Tuesday?
1) Polish and revise chapters 4 (or five as the case may be) through 7 of Society of Night and Lies.
I’ve just revised chapter four. There’s one sticky spot I’m not sure how to fix, but it definitely feels better to me and shows more emotion from a worried, if drunk, husband and a concerned friend.
2) Write another two chapters of Black Friday 2 and maybe come up with an actual name for the book.
I’ve just barely got started on this one. More of the planning than actual writing but I know what I want to see happen. Bickham says a disaster must happen, well, this one won’t be a disaster per se but it’ll work.
3) Study the craft. Reading project for the month to learn more about creative writing, scene and structure, and other writerly things.
Still reading. John Bickhan does explains things well, but he’s repeating himself over and over. Scene and Structure is a book for any author to have handy as a reference.
Just ask if you want to help beta read and fix those tricky spots. I need honest input.
How are your goals coming along?