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,