Happy Monday! Is it us or are the weeks just flying by? You only have one more week to submit your entry for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
Jenny: I had a very exciting week last week. First, FedEx rang the doorbell with a copy of my fully-executed contract from Simon & Schuster (meaning, it's now signed by the publisher). Then, as if that weren't awesome enough, I checked the mail. And there, waiting for me amidst the stack of bills and flyers, was my very first check from S&S! A great day = money in your mailbox (and a yummy chicken pie, because that finally arrived too after weeks on backorder). Picture me running around the living room like a 3-year-old who just ate a jumbo bag of M&Ms. Why can't all weeks be like this?
Goals for the week: Finish the first draft of my current WIP.
Joann: Woo hoo, Jenny! That's very exciting and that potpie sounds delish.
This week for me has been a series of very cool breakthroughs with WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT. The biggest ah-hah moment came when I realized I was STILL trying to hold the whole book in my head. Though I've seen the storyline, soup to nuts, right from that initial lightbulb moment, I couldn't keep all the details straight. For one, the book is told out of order and, for two, it's really complex. And wouldn't you know it? My genius hubby sent me exactly the right link I needed at exactly the right time: http://johnaugust.com//. John August is a screenwriter (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie's Angels, Big Fish, Go) who freely shares his writing process on his site. The most useful discovery for me has been beat sheets. Once I sat down and forced myself to write out two beat sheets (one for each aspect of the storyline), I felt much more confident to delve into the second draft (which, as the story evolves, will require some additional first-drafting - nothing new for me). So...yay! My excitement for this story is building again and I'm now thrilled to tackle it head-on.
JB: My week was not nearly as exciting as the other two ladies. No checks in the mail or WIP breakthroughs, but I did join the International Thriller Writers and the Carina Press Authors Group. I stumbled around trying to get the lay of the land of both groups (I'm directionally challenged) and was continually amazed by the talents of my fellow writers.
What's going on with you, Killer Friends?