Remember your authentic emotions

Whilst writing query letters, I became aware of the fine line between sounding positive and shouting “read me” without holding a metaphorical gun – to sounding conceited and suffering from an over-inflated ego.

i naturally have a quirky, but quiet personality, and I often use humour in conversation -sometimes unintentionally -hence I want to use it when I write. However, all the articles I have read about queries say that one is to sound professional, so I nudge humour out of the way.

I have read so many ways to write a query letter – ranging from keeping it short and succinct, to adding a paragraph about the novel, even if that is repeated in the synopsis – don’t forget, some agents don’t ask for a synopsis straight off so you need to give them a taste of what the story is about.
So, the latest query  i sent off I wrote straight from my mind, rather than planning it first.
MADNESS – I hear you cry –  but hey, I thought it was worth a shot – it will either succeed or I’ll be shot down in flames.

I am also aware of the vital need for positivity  in the aspiring author – to believe that one day the nurtured novel will be displayed on the shelves in book shops.
I would be lying if I said that I felt like this all of the time – that or I would be on a shed load of anti-depressants to give me the artificial high.
No – of course I have moments of doubt and despair – but it’s precisely at those times that I like to write dark scenes ad to manipulate twists in the story to hopefully blow the readers’ mind.

I hope that I have found my own voice for my queries, rather than a tutored patter that screams “restricted emotions” –  always remember your authentic emotions – they go someway to define who you are.

Happy Word Flow One & All

The Power of Positive Thinking

I was reading Scott Mariani’s book – How to write a thriller – when I came across the chapter The Power of Positive Thinking.

it suited my downward trending mood as i was feeling as though i was engaged in a pointless activity. Although i love the act of writing, will i ever ‘get there’ ?

However, it stated similar statements written by numerous other authors

– don’t let negative thoughts bring you down

– love the challenge of the moment

– remember even famous authors have been in the same position

I would like to add my own –

– don’t think too far ahead, enjoy the moment

– don’t compare yourself to others, even if they’re in the same position

– don’t look to family to understand what it’s like – unless published you’re not taken seriously

– don’t read too many ‘how to books’ – info overload & conflicting advice suffocates – I have a constant voice on my shoulder warning me about sentence length etc

– don’t drink too much coffee – jittery system

– watch the birds in the garden – nature is very grounding

– play about with genre – it may surprise you what you enjoy writing

– paint your fingernails – yes guys you too so much prettier when typing !

I’m sure you wise folk will have more to say – but I now need to read daughters homework on Hitler – no peace for the wicked.

Happy Word Flow One & All