Where I tell you a little about what works me
and you tell me a lot about what works for you.
Yesterday I thanked you guys for supporting my blog. Today, I'd like to thank you for watching something bizarre unfold last week: the desperate development of a one-sentence summary.
How weird is it that I started the process on Tuesday and it took until Friday to have an acceptable sentence?! Maybe not weird, but just sad. That's okay. It is what it is. But it was totally worth it! I gained so much knowledge. Here's a glimpse at my process.
First attempt: boys discover they are to become stepbrothers, shortly after they each realize the other is gay.
Second attempt: Two gay teens' paths criss and cross until they are wrapped around each other, then an even stronger bond forms.
Clearly, the second attempt is an improvement. Now, for my third attempt: Two gay teens' paths criss and cross until they are wrapped around each other, but then a stronger and unlikely bond forms.
The third attempt is me trying to reveal that the stronger bond is not necessarily a romantic one. The Snowflake Method instructs you to create a one-sentence summary in fifteen words or less and use the New York Times Best Seller lists for ideas. Well, the latest version stands at twenty-two words. I didn't through the parameters out the window, I just feel that the current version appropriately implies what I am hoping it does. Suggestions for cutting and tightening?
Speaking of cutting and tightening, my new favorite blog, Literary Ramblings from Casey McCormick. She is well-known, especially for her Agent Spotlight segment, but Casey has recently posted two new segments, titled Omit Needless Words & Tighten Your Writing. The first post discusses the uses of adverbs and adjectives and why we should or shouldn't employ them. The second post highlights the words THAT and THERE. Wow, I have literally learned so much from those two posts. If you are one of the smart ones and feel well-versed in these two areas of writing, please head over there and share your two cents. I need you to. If not for me, do it for the kittens. I love cheeseburgers***! If you are like me and only pretend to have any idea of what's going on, then Casey's blog is made for you. She invites us to add our own writing and then correct it ourselves within the same comment! I know, you're shy. Well, get over it. Look at the blood I've spilled her in the last week. My. Own. Blood. I can be over-dramatic, but I am a bad actor. Heather, Hollywood is def not on my list of wannabe talents.
Oh, and Casey told me that more is to come! Help me get her to keep the promise. Go, now. Here's another link so you don't have to scroll. Yay.
* Medium-well with monterey-cheddar cheese, sliced green olives, mayo, and cranberry mustard. Superb.
** Big enough TLL?