Writer’s Desk

Hello, dreamers.

It’s the final full week before Pitch Wars, and I have a lot to do. This is the last week for me to do serious work on my materials for Pitch Wars. I have decisions to make. And I want to press onward with my current work-in-progress. So, without further ado, here’s what I’ll be working on this week:

The Pioneers

This is it. I’ve tweaked and re-tweaked and re-re-tweaked, but the tweaking ends now. Over the next few days I’ll be rewriting my synopsis and making final revisions to my query letter. All of that is leading up to the “Last Call”: my final read-through of the manuscript, which will likely take place on Sunday. After that, there’s nothing left to do but wait.

To pass the time waiting, I plant to make a Pitch Wars introduction post sometime late this week. As last year’s post covered my journey as a writer, this year’s will focus on the experience of writing The Pioneers.

Dawn of the Pioneers

I keep getting a better idea of what I want to accomplish with Phase 2, which I plan to start writing on Wednesday.

It’s funny how time has a way of sorting things out. About a week and a half ago I had a rough idea of where to go with Phase 2, but a lot of unanswered questions. I now feel I have a much better handle on the story progression, including the Phase 2 climax and the eventual resolution. New characters, new action. It’s been fun just thinking about it. Hopefully it’ll be as much fun to write.

My more astute readers will remember that I’d planned to finish Phase 2 by the end of this month. I hadn’t factored my customary two-week break into that estimate, and now I’m not sure I have enough September left to do that. I certainly intend to try, but this isn’t something that should be rushed. Still, I want to stick to my timetable. So I expect the days following Wednesday to be pretty intense. I can’t wait.

It’s been a wild ride to Pitch Wars, and as that ride draws to a close I’m happy to say I find myself more excited than nervous. I want to do this. And I’m happy to have you, my readers, along for the ride. So keep reading, and dare to dream. – MK

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