Hi! I remember blogging! I remember having time to sit down and compose well-planned and thoughtful blog posts! I knew one day I’d have the time to do it again.
Today is not that day. Fooled you! I’ve been more than knee-deep in Pitch Wars revision passes, refining, fine-tuning. Eradicating crutch words, erasing bad habits, spit-shining and polishing my manuscript. Writing the supplemental material: query letter, synopsis, pitch, and as one of my mentors put it, taking a chisel to my first page so that despite the fact there’s an entire novel to follow, it’s compelling all by itself.
Not too much to ask!
During the course of Pitch Wars I’ve learned:
- how to survive on almost no sleep
- potato chips are really not a great substitute for real food
- the more you use “just a cup of coffee at Starbucks” as a reward for writing, the faster you qualify for more free drinks than you want
- I can rewrite an entire novel in a very short period of time if I have to
- When given the secret formula for supplemental material, I can take off my “I’m no good at marketing” hat and write those too
- why scene maps are important
- why outlining is a great idea
- genre-specific story arcs exist for a reason and sure, I can be a rebel, but then I won’t have the type of book I want
- this year’s mentees are a wonderful group of people and I’m so thankful to have taken this roller coaster ride with them
- this year’s mentors are a wonderful group of people. I lucked out having two (thanks, Mary Ann and Jaime!)
- It’s a real kick to find that people like my characters and stories and want more
I could go on with haphazard lists, but I have to say that this has been an outstanding experience. Yes, my house isn’t as organized as it was two months ago and sure, I ate some of (okay, a lot of) the Halloween candy out of nerves and no, the agent showcase hasn’t started yet, but no matter what happens when the Adult/NA entries go up tomorrow, I’ve already “won” Pitch Wars. Just ask the friends I’ve made, the people I’ve met, the people I’m still planning on meeting. Look at the book I’ve written. This contest makes for great common ground. Whether my co-mentees have been writing Adult manuscripts like me, or New Adult or Young Adult or Middle Grade, we all have this shared experience. It’s humbled and enlightened me. It’s rejuvenated my love of writing. It’s taught me so much… you get the idea.
There will be a playlist post soon. In the meantime, I’ll be quiet.