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Re: Working on a novel/Writing projects

Dear Dera,
It's so easy to get distracted. I think creative people are distractible. And that mushy middle third is so rough. Do you have an outline that you work from? I have a finished novel (Can you believe it?) and an agent trying to sell it and the way I got that mushy middle in line was partly going through and heading each scene, then writing what happens in it. (The other way I got it down was sending it off to plot genius friends, one of whom helped me cut 51 pages from the novel I just sent back to the agent.)
And I know the fear of "somebody else did that." Novel number one is about a miracle and there have been a lot of miracle novels since I came up with the idea in--gasp--1994. I even had one rejection letter from Hyperion that was basically, "Oh, even though this isn't right for our list, {Hyperion only does high-profile stuff) because there have been four successful miracle novesl, I still stayed up all night reading this funny, warm, insightful novel." Lifted me up and threw me down at the same time.

I'd love to read the outline if you have one. Or first chapters or whatever. Knowing the beginning and the ending is a huge help, too.

I had a writing group in LA, but almost two years ago, we moved to this lilly white town in Western Colorado where the only groups were ultra Christian precious. We moved to St. Paul, Minn a month ago. I'm sure I'll find a writing community here as soon as I get a chance to take classes or something. There are tons of writers up here. But it is sure to take time.

Writer buddies. We have to have them.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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