Saturday, 4 November 2006

urgh....

It's been tough going these last couple of days... I've felt v. tired and things have been a struggle, but at least I've managed to keep my wordcount up, and am now over half way through Ill Met By Moonlight! I feel I've done quite well with this, considering it was only a pretty vague idea, and I started writing it more or less because I felt I should be writing something, even though it's uncommissioned and might never even find a home...

I feel very bad though, because I have a long list of emails I need to reply to. I don't know why I sometimes feel this strange resistance to answering emails, even those from people I like and cherish. It's v. weird. It's like I want to reply and communicate, but there's this invisible barrier that stops me doing it. It's very similar to the resistance I feel towards writing my fiction sometimes. It's so stupid... because when I manage to punch through that barrier, I'm all right and the words flow... And it's not that I don't want to commicate at all, because I'm managing to write this, aren't I? And I've been posting at my very favourite writers' gathering place in all the world, the Romance Divas Message Board, but emails have been building up and building up... and I must deal with them!

Anyway, today I have a busy schedule... Top of the list is write some emails! I've also some web bits to do, and I've to write a synopsis for another novella that I wrote quite a while ago, because a friend who I'm collaborating with on a proposed two person anthology is hoping to pitch it to an editor within the next week. God, this is a tough one though... like many authors, I hate and loathe and dread writing synopses. I've read all the howtos on the topic, and I have written plenty in my time, but to be honest, if writing novels is tough, writing synopses is a hundred times harder!!!

Any tips on synopsis writing, anyone?

7 comments:

ann said...

I find if I don't reply to an email immediately, then it ends up in a pile a lot like my post.

I know I'm not a professional and I'm not comparing myself to you, but if I have something to write, I procrastinate and find other things to do...

lotsa luv ann xxxxx

Wendy Wootton said...

You're so right, Ann! It's much easier to stay on top of things if you deal with them straight away... I know this 'in theory' but in practice? Well, I'm just hopeless! LOL!

Sasha White said...

Keeping your word count up is imprtessive. :) I'm doing just the opposite. I'm emailing, but not getting any writing done LOL .

Wanna trade?

Saskia Walker said...

My syn tip is pretend you are telling the story to your pal over coffee ;-)

val said...

Keep it short?

Only kidding, I just wish I was actually witty!

Wendy Wootton said...

Sadly, Sasha, I haven't achieved any wordcount at all today, for which I should be soundly thrashed... preferably by Vincent D'Onofrio!

LOL, Saskia! Does that mean I have to insert 'insane giggles' here and there, and occasional 'apologies to fellow patrons of the coffee shop for inadvertently saying rude words in a loud voice'!!!

Saskia Walker said...

I'd leave that bit out ;-)) The chatty tone can be good for summary though. I imagine how I'd tell a buddy the story, rather than summarising it. That way it seems to capture it in a more dynamic way.