The dreaded synopsis…

Hope everyone had a great week and you are writing like the wind.

Past Cliches:

Stark Raving Mad – Insane; “completely, wildly crazy” -graphic description of manic behavior.  Versions appeared since 16th Cent.
Jonathan Swift’s Polite Conversation, (1738).  More recent: Gillian Soames Death and the Chaste Apprentice, 1989.

Fall On Deaf Ears – To be disregarded.  Mostly refers to something a person does not wish to hear, i.e. reproach or advice, and reacts as though physically unable to hear.  Dates back from 15th Cent. and a cliche since 19th Cent.

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining – worst situation has some element of hope or some redeeming quality.  John Milton originator in Comus (1634) and used many times becoming a cliche by time it appeared in WWI song, “Keep the Home Fires Burning” (Ivor Novello and Lena Guilhert, 1915 and with Noel Coward song of 1930s.

And Now you Know.

Well, this week I’ve actually worked on my novel.  Edited a chapter that my online critique group worked on.  Then started working on the next chapter.

Unfortunately, I’ve yet to try and write a two page synopsis on the two books that the agents were sort of interested in on Agent’s Day put on by Redwood Writers in first part of this month.

Why is it so hard to write a synopsis?  Maybe because we have to get in the entire story and how we write into two pages or a bit more.  Writing the novel is the easy part.  Query letter and synopsis are so hard.  Especially when you read all about them and every agent wants something different!  So frustrating.  My synopsis and query usually turn out dry.  But I’ll go the extra mile this time and do a bit more research, type up the synopsis and put it before my critique group, and then might get the courage to send it off.

So onward and upward, keep writing,

Julie

More Writing Time…

Hello Everyone!

I know I’ve used the cliche time flies…but it does!  I’ve been so busy with Redwood Writers Membership, that it’s already time to write on my blog and I haven’t even written on my own stories this week!  Still have been thinking about them, though.

Last Cliches:

Home, Sweet Home — Sentimental or ironic view of home as a wonderful place.  Term=Title of a Song composed by Henry R. Bishop, with words by American lyricist John Howard Payne, used in the oepra Clari or The Maid of Milan (1823).  Song became sacred text for middle-class Victorians, and fame far beyond the opera or composer.  Jenn Lind sang it in all her concerts all over the world from 1850 on.  Most famous performer was Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba, audience chanted it for her to perform more.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind — What is absent is soon forgotten.  Phrase proverbial since Homer’s time.  Greek poet used it in Odyssey (c. 50 B.C.) ; earliest English appearance-1501 translation of Thomas a Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ.  Out of Sight=a 20th cent. slang, meaning “Wonderful!” probably will be a cliche.

Stand Up and Be Counted — Show your true opinion, even if it takes courage to do so.  Americanism refers to counting votes, dates from turn of 20th cent.; used with reference in showing where your political sympathies lie.  From mid-20th Cent. used more boradly for revealing any kind of conviction.  Michael Innes used it in Appleby’s Answer (1973).

Did you find the cliches last time?  Let me know.

Well, if I don’t find time to write soon I’ll probably go stark raving mad.  Writing on my stories keeps me sane and feeling good.  So what’s keeping me from writing?  Nothing, my own fault.

Of course, telling you this might fall on deaf ears because why should you care.  Redwood Writers’ motto is “writers helping writers.”  So I’m assuming most of you who read this are writers and you should care because we should care about each other.  I’m not exactly in a writing slump, but I think I’m using the excuse of “working” so I don’t have to “write”.  So maybe I am in a bit of a slump.  Not sure where my story is going and using this as an excuse.

One good thing about working on my club stuff is that we have a web page and I’m responsible for part of it.  And, good thing is that it is in wordpress.  So by learning how to do my “job” on the web, I’m learning how to work on my blog more.  So, I guess, every cloud has a silver lining.  By working on Redwood Writers I’m learning more about doing my blog.

Until next time,  I’ll Find The Time To Write, and you too!

Julie

Finding Time to Write

Hello Everyone!  Missed Friday again, but I was away.

Cliches from June 7th:

Clean As A Whistle – Thoroughly or neatly done, pure, unsoiled.  William Carr wrote in The Dialect of Craven (1828) this phrase meaning “wholly” or “entirely”.  Also, W.S. Mayo in Kaloolah, 1849 in the guise of “Head taken off as clean as a whistle”.  Early 18th century used “clear as a whistle” and not sure why whistle, except maybe referring to the pure sound and changed it from pure to clear to clean?

Believe It or Not – Appearances to the contrary, it is true.  A common phrase by then, in December, 1918, became the title of a cartoon series originally drawn by Robert LeRoy Ripley (1893-1949).  Appeared in American newspapers for many years even after his death.  Each drawing represented an unbelievable, but allegedly true event, like a 2-headed chicken.

Have  A Nice Day – A Cordial good-bye to you.  Extremely common after 1950 among U.S. truckers who used it on their CB radios.  Britain said have a fine day or have a good day.  Chaucer used have good day (c 1200).  Often heard in America and sometimes known as Have A Good One. Since the 1960s these phrases often used ironically.

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Where and When do you Find the Time to Write?  I just bought a new laptop computer and I went to the coast this weekend.  I actually got the computer out and critiqued some of the submissions for my on-line writing critique group.  Did I write on any of my stories?  No.

Home, sweet home is where I find myself now and hopefully I can get back into my routine.  I’ve been so busy trying to catch up on my critiquing and working on my new position with the Redwood Writers Branch of the California Writers Club that I have not been writing on my stories.

However, they are not out of sight, out of mind.  No, I know they are there and I think about them all the time.  I may not put pen to paper or actually type, but I do create scenes and dialogue in my head.  Is that an excuse for not writing?  Hopefully not, but I will get back into actually typing on my manuscripts.

So, all you people out there, stand up and be counted.  When do you find the time to write?   Do you make time, create in your head, or do you have a set schedule?  I write when I can, where I can, and on whatever is at hand.

Let me know how you find the time to Write.

Keep Writing and most of all Enjoy!

Julie

Agent’s Day…

Hello everyone!
Late Again in part to buy a new computer and getting used to it.

Last clichés:
Slow But Sure–Plodding but reliable. Dates early 17th century. Idea old as Aesop’s fable re tortoise and hare. Found in John Marston’s 1606 play, The Fawn.

The Hard Way — Most difficult method or path. Comes from game of craps = making 2 dice come up with a pair of equal numbers totaling the point. Term extended to “learn something the hard way” = learn from bitter experience or “come up the hard way”= rise by one’s own efforts.

Creature Comforts — Life’s material amenities. Dates from 17th Cent. Thomas Brooks’s Collected Works (1670) and in Matthew Henry’s 1710 Commentaries on the Psalms.

That’s How the Cookie Crumbles — or that’s how the ball bounces–This is the way things have turned out and nothing can be done about it; that’s fate. Expressions current in America in the mid-20th Cent. and quickly spread to rest of English-speaking countries. Check out The Zoo Story (1960) by Edward Albee.

This weekend I went to the Redwood Writers Agents day and we got to “pitch” our books to different agents. The Team to put this event on came off clean as a whistle. It was a great day and met some very interesting writers, agents and editors.

Have you ever gone to a “Pitching” session? I had 5 minutes to tell them about my story and let them ask me questions. Believe it or not, five minutes is a very long time.

I was able to speak with a pitching coach before the event and she was very helpful. Basically said we’re all people in the room, remember to breathe, engage them, and speak slowly and because I speak so softly, to speak up, and know that they won’t bite. She was very helpful and I believe I did okay with my pitches. Very nervous, but a learning experience and I was asked to send in 10 pages and a 2 page synopsis by two different agents.
A great Day!

Keep Writing!
Have a Nice Day

Julie