Thursday, 16 January 2014

THE WRITER'S JOURNEY

This year I want to progress in my writer's journey. Where am I? Well, I can see where I want to go, but there are lots of forks along the path and plenty of diversions.

I'm revising The Junk Room, my current WIP, and I'm encouraged by the feedback I'm getting from the SCBWI e-critique group. All these little steps that are coming together will further my learning.

As well as this, I've been doing some reading on submission packages. This can include query letters, cover letters and synopsis. There's a wealth of information out there on the web. Below are some of the resources I tapped into.

Mslexia
Writers and Artists
Nicola Morag - Write a Great Synopsis
Query Shark
Also check out resources from literary consultants, agents and publishers.

I started off looking at the elevator pitch. This is a great exercise breaking your novel down to 25 words. It's not easy, but it's a great challenge. What is the core element of the story? What does the MC want? What is their main hurdle?

This can be developed further for the synopsis where you should see the MC's journey through major obstacles, plot and climaxes. It should explain the structure of the story and character development. This summary of your story is written single spaced, on 1-2 A4 sides. It's not a lot, is it? That's why they say it's hard to write.

Along with your sample chapters, this is your first impression, so make it count.

What are your experiences? Did you find it easy? Fun?