|Insecure Writers Support Group|
September Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? (For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?)
Short Answer: All the time. Everyday. ;-)
Long Answer: I've been working on my present WIP since March 2008. It was only this May that I realized the theme of my story. It's been in front of my face the entire time. I write Christian Women's Fiction. Here's my short pitch.
Laura Grace Bradshaw, retired teacher, childless, and recently widowed, defies her narrow-minded family and her small Southern church when she opens her home to abused twelve-year old Samantha Smith, who might be the key to long-buried family secrets.
Do you see the theme? I didn't. It's a Good Samaritan story. Truly, I hadn't seen that until lately. I added an epigram and some scripture at the end to show the theme more clearly. Will those additions be part of the published version? I have no clue. Only the Good Lord above knows that.
When I pitch it at the national ACFW conference in Dallas later in September, we'll see if any of the agents like it. Whatever happens, I know the best will be. I trust the new understanding to see me through.
What about you? What's the craziest thing you've learned from writing?Links:
- "The Seven Most Common Manuscript Submission Mistakes"
- This is an oldie, but a must read: "Will Literary Agents Really Read Your Query Letter?"
- "Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions"
- Do you need more focus? Try the Pomodoro Technique: "What to be More Focused & Productive?
- Jane Friedman gives us clues on "The Challenges of First-Person POV"
- Sometimes, the necessary, stark truth hurts, but don't let it stop you from creating--"Want to Earn a Living Creating? Here's Your Mountain"
- Past or Present tense? I have a preference and Novel Writing Help's "Past Tense or Present Tense" explains why for me. What about you?
- I love, love, love this one: "Writing Insights Part One"
Next post: September Book Pusher, of course. ;-)