I think a brand new contest is just what we needed. The enthusiasm is tangible!
So. In case you're wondering--Jodi is magnificent. And she brings a special empathy to her work as an agent's assistant because she is also an aspiring novelist. A rather prolific one, I might add. So she's passionate on both sides of the pen. Even if you're not planning on entering your query--or if you don't make the 50 count--be sure to take notes on her responses. I'm absolutely certain we're all going to benefit greatly from what she has to offer.
And be nice to her. She has a pride of killer ferrets at her command.
Anyway, Monday will certainly be exciting. In the meantime, I want to let you know what a WONDERFUL THING the plotcards have turned out to be. Just yesterday, I was able to revamp an entire chapter, all because the cards of a certain character made it clear exactly what I had to work out.
I actually crawled into bed last night with my newly-printed-out chapter to give it a read-through and do some more light editing. Excitement mounts! And to think how I grumbled and moaned about those plotcards.
Well, okay. The plotcarding was supremely boring. Tedious. Peel-off-the-fingernails-one-by-one sort of torture.
But worth it. It's an amazing tool, and I'm happy to report that it's WORKING.
So, what are your successes for the week? What are you excited about? (Grammar check: "About what are you excited?" Now doesn't that sound schlorky?)
Oh, and a final word on my grammar rant: Lots of good thoughts shared in the comment box, all done with the best behavior (thank you). I've just got to say this: I have nothing further to say to anyone who thinks mixing up lay and lie is some sort of minor problem. There's informality, and then there's illiteracy. "Style" is one thing. Lack of basic grammar skills is another. In my opinion, the cream rises to the top when a writer has mastered both.
Sure, I might have a character who talks like this: "She knew he done it, but she kep' laying there like she didn't know nothin' at all." That's characterization through dialogue. But you have to know the grammar rules in order to break them consistently and believably.
It's not about reciting grammar rules from a dusty book. It's about mastering one's language and using it to the best of one's ability. And yes, someone might have impeccable grammar and still write a dull or poorly plotted story. But that wasn't the point of my post.
Okay, I'm really finished now. My coffee's cold and the microwave is two stories down.
Have a GLORIOUS weekend, and I'll see you bright and early on Monday (cringe...)