It’s been a hectic week, but a productive one. As expected, taking a week away from my current work-in-progress was very helpful, freeing me to focus my efforts on preparing for Pitch Wars. I feel far more prepared now than I did a week ago, and with the submission window opening mere weeks from now, it’s a relief to say that. That being said, here’s what I accomplished this week:
It’s all coming together. Over the past week I was able to refine my query letter (with a little help from a CP, Cassandra Fick), and write a first draft of my synopsis. I still want to tweak my query letter, but I’ve already revised my synopsis. And though I plan to do so again, I’m close.
I plan to revise both my query letter and synopsis at least once more this week. After that, all that’ll be left to do is wait.
Dawn of the Pioneers
This past Wednesday I did indeed begin reading through what I have so far. I found plenty of spelling and grammar errors, which was to be expected. But overall I’m happy with everything, except the pace. I worry that the plot moves too quickly, and that I rushed the introduction of a new major character. But I’m confident I can sort all of that out.
Now I must look forward. Once I complete my read-through, likely by Sunday night, I’ll begin a week of plotting and research for Phase 2. This will be a big one: I’ll be taking my characters to new planets, and introducing a new character who will factor heavily into the plot from here on. I have a lot to do, but I’m looking forward to it.
Lo and behold, I managed to publish a new short fiction piece at last. If you haven’t read The Receiver yet, I suggest you do so. It’s one of my favorite stories.
At the moment, my plan for the remainder of the year remains unchanged: I will write Phase 2 of the WIP this month, then devote October to short fiction before picking the WIP back up in November for NaNoWriMo.
Big things are coming, and I’m excited. So keep reading, and dare to dream. – MK