Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summaries: Harder to Write Than the Novel

So, I had hoped to have this posted days ago, but then had my first run in with the dreaded synopsis.

I went in knowing from secondhand knowledge, that summarizing a 75,000 word document wasn't going to be easy. But I'm also an English major who has written more book reports than I care to mention. So, naively enough, I thought this was going to be cake.

Spoiler alert: It wasn't.

But after all of that... this is what I came up with!

Summary of Stations:

Evelyn Harper is no damsel in distress. A lifetime of childhood abuse has taught her to rely only on herself. Not being able to control her ability to hear and manipulate the thoughts of others hasn’t helped her social skills. But when she intercepts the thoughts of a woman being attacked, Evelyn makes the choice to break one of her own rules. Never get involved.

Chloe, the woman she saves, is the daughter of a controversial senator. She also happens to be everything Evelyn wishes she could be - frivolous, funny, trusting, and kind. Despite her reservations, Evelyn is drawn to the woman. When a political scandal claims the life of someone close to her, Chloe turns to her for help once again.

Having a friend is rare, but keeping one harder. With her knack for survival, and a supernatural arsenal, Evelyn is determined to find out who’s threatening Chloe, and stop them. No matter what it takes.

It sounds super cheesy right now... but I'll constantly revise it until I'm done with the novel and ready to query. I'm waiting for the feedback from my beta readers, then I'll be able to do another edit and have a better idea of where to go.

As soon as I hear back from my editors, you'll all know it.

Waiting is soooooooo hard.

More to come, promise!

<3, Bethany

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I Did It

One manuscript, finished. Edited 3 times on my own, and I've finally let my baby go to a couple of different readers.

I'm ecstatic. I'm scared out of my mind. I'm apprehensive. I'm ready for feedback I know I'm not going to get for probably another month. I'm relieved. I'm ready to start a new project.

Most of all, however, I'm feeling accomplished.

It's been a long year since I started. Not just writing-wise. It's been a long year, and not a good one. Between health, marital, mental, school and indecision problems... I feel like this is closing a literal and proverbial chapter. I feel like this specific book represents the perseverance that I've maintained over the past year.

So, overall, I feel  like I completed something I didn't feel like I was going to be able to do. It's definitely NOT the book I started out to write. I started the book with a scene. In the end, that scene isn't framed with importance, and could actually be cut completely without changing the book at all.

It's darker than I imagined. Much darker. It makes me cry in a couple of places. But the overall theme of the book seems to mimic my life as it's been.

For those of you who are interested, I'm going to be posting a summary and excerpt later on in the day. I'd appreciate if you could refer some people here, and help me get the ball rolling.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project.

To Ebyss, Willow, Gary, Dean, Michelle and the rest of the Writing Review Group (that no longer exists *tear): Thank you so much for the support when no one else was there to help me! For editing my original sketchy dialogue and for showing me what it meant to be a stronger writer. You guys are my foundation... and I can't tell you all how much I appreciate it!!

To Mrs. Thomas and Professor Hoven: Thank you for giving me the tools I needed and the respect and encouragement I needed to push myself to a new level.

To Willow and Jordan Wagner: Thank you both for volunteering to read for me. I love you guys!

To my parents, and my beautiful little sister: Thanks for loving me, supporting me and letting me complain to you about everything.

So now, to get my summary written, and figure out what kind of an excerpt to post.

Much, much <3, Bethany

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm Stuck.

Perpetually so.

I literally can't move forward, no matter how hard I try. I'm stuck on writing a beginning to this book that will make people want to keep reading. I can't get the tone right. The book is kind of dark, with the themes involving lots of depressing and scary things that my character valiantly overcomes. She's not whining, she's just resolved that everything that has happened has made her better.

Am I trying to hard? I don't really think so. I, myself, just books less than a chapter into them. I believe in my story, and ill-modestly enough... I honestly feel that it's pretty good. But I would put it down before I finished the first chapter, because I can't get it right.

Solutions? I'm desperate for one.

<3, Bethany

Monday, July 5, 2010

Nothing But Time...

I have the next 3 weeks off of work. I have nothing to do besides write, write, write and do some school work.

I'm really excited for the oportunity to be able to just sit back and focus. It's going to be amazing.

I need to get my stupid first chapter figured out so I can move forward. It's so bothersome, but so important.

I also need beta readers. Badly. Volunteers? Know where I can find some? I'd appreciate any leads.

More to come in the following weeks. Perhaps even a sampler! 

<3, Bethany