Researching a novel can be really expensive, so here’s my game plan. Set first novel in someplace fictional that would be driving distance if it existed (done). If that sells, I will set my next novel in someplace I would actually want to visit, like, say, San Francisco. If that sells, move on to Europe, the Mediterranean or anyplace that can be explored without the use of a Jeep. Also it needs great food, theatre/and or music, and shopping.
I noticed that this blog’s all-time # of visitors was the day I posted ‘Writing Is Like Dominoes.’ So I believe I should include the word ‘dominoes’ in the title of every post. e.g.,’Queries Are Like Dominoes,’ ‘Directing Is Like Dominoes,’ or even ‘Dominoes Are Like Dominoes,’ but I won’t in case there is a penalty for scam blogging.
Saw an excellent movie, Chef, whose moral was ‘Don’t worry about money. Do what you love to do.’ That’s exactly how I feel about writing, which is a very fortunate thing. Spoiler alert: He ended up making lots of money, too.*
*And don’t tell me it’s only a movie. I KNOW THAT. Give me a few moments to savor the fantasy.
I recently discovered that I write better listening to jazz. As I’m writing YA, shouldn’t I be listing Cloud Nothings or Strands of Oaks?*
*Aren’t you proud of me for knowing who they are? I don’t really. I looked them up and got through about eight bars. I couldn’t even write a shopping list to those songs.
My very first writers conference is just two months away. I am overcome with emotion, that emotion being OMG, my first one-on-one with a live, for real agent. How am I going to make sure that the completed manuscript that I now regard with horror as I’ve discovered it’s still incomplete, will actually be completed by then?* How do I convince her that it has the potential to outsell Twilight even though it’s totally devoid of vampires? Haha, just kidding, except about the ‘devoid of vampires’ part.
*Could you follow that sentence? I can’t, and I wrote it.
So I stay up for hours trying to fix a few paragraphs that work only slightly better than my last Epson printer. Then it comes to me! I have the solution! I rewrite them and realize that I now have to change two other sections, because I can’t have the same character lounging in chairs on opposite sides of the same room at the same time, and most people don’t have breakfast twice, and I fix that, but now I have to move the fireplace because, technically, my character would be sitting in it.
Here is one of my most significant discoveries; there are not enough synonyms for ‘walk,’ ‘went,’ and ‘look.’ And don’t tell me to try the thesaurus. I already did that, you silly.
I also could use a whenectomy. Even more challenging.