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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

West of Bathurst 898

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Re. the Write-a-Thon: I've finished with the adverbs for now and am trimming the fat in other ways. Editing is one of the most necessary stages of writing, but it is also one of the most universally hated. As someone who once reduced the length of her Ph.D. dissertation by 15,000 words, I understand exactly why. In this case, I've got a 97,000-word YA manuscript. It will probably be considered a wee bit long by publishers, so I need to get rid of all the unnecessary stuff. The problem, of course, is that it is my baby, and I have a hard time not thinking of everything as necessary. I must be strong and kill things.

I'm also trying to write a one-page synopsis of the story. I hate writing synopses. My stories tend to include so many intricately tangled plot details that leaving even one out will make the synopsis read as nonsense. I would like to write a nice short summary, but I seem to be incapable of doing so. I'm also very bad at elevator pitches.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Panel 1: Marie and Baldwin are sitting on a bridge in a park.

Baldwin: So you just destroyed your cell phone.

Marie: So what?

Panel 2:

I'm tired of people keeping tabs on me. It's just more manipulation.

Panel 3:

Marie [loudly]: Yes, universe, that is what this is really about! I have to decide whether or not to trust my lying former best friend, and right now, I hate him!

Panel 4: Baldwin pats Marie on the shoulder.

Baldwin: There, there. Pat, pat. Comforting comment. Offer of chocolate foodstuffs.

Marie: It's admittedly diverting how bad at this you are.

Alt-Text: To be fair, he pretty well has it down cold; it's just that he is describing what he should be doing rather than actually doing it.

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