Where's the fun Friday?

Friday, 30 December 2011

Today is supposed to be Fun Friday or maybe Fiction Friday, hell I don’t know. All I do know is that it hasn’t been much fun and I haven’t gotten nearly as much done as I planned thanks to this sinus infection settling into my chest. Nonetheless, I do want to give you something, because it is Friday after all (I actually had to check my phone on this one; I am so confused thanks to no school/work).
So here goes. As you know, I am an aspiring author. You probably also know that I have ADHD (not medically confirmed, but I don’t need anyone to tell me that I have the attention span of a goldfish, I already know that). For my writing, ADHD means that I always have more than one (usually more than 3) stories on the go at once and that I can’t stick to just one genre. I jump between romance and magical realism, but tend to spend more time actually writing romance and more time dreaming about the amazing MR I’m going to write someday (I have started it, just keep stalling out).
Lately, I’ve been following Susan Meier’s Goal Workshop posted on her blog (http://susanmeier.blogspot.com/) and I’ve come up with my New Year’s resolutions—5 for home/family and 5 for work/writing. Now I’m not going to tell you all of them now, it isn’t New Year’s Eve yet, but I am going to let in on one in particular. One my list of writing resolutions is the following:
“Finish two manuscripts for Harlequin in 2012 and submit them.”
This is a big one for me because usually I get bored somewhere around chapter 4 and start a new story. The only time I’ve finished a manuscript, I promptly deemed it crap and tore it to pieces. I’m going to do it this time. I have a plan.
I’ve already picked out the two stories I’m going to complete. I’ve brainstormed both and written a logline and blurb (the pitch/query kind, not the back cover kind) for each. My next step is to write a detailed breakdown of each chapter (one down, one to go) and synopsis for each. It seems that I don’t finish because I get bored with the story. Often it’s because I can’t remember why I was so excited in the first place. My thought is that if I have enough written down for each chapter it will keep the spark there and hopefully I’ll be able to keep going.
So, while my blurbs are nowhere near perfect, I’m still going to post them here. Well, not really here, I’m going to add them to my ‘Romance’ page. I’m doing this for two reasons. First, they will be out there for you all to comment on. I always welcome feedback, so I’d love to hear what you think about my ideas. And second, you all can hold me to my promise— if I start talking about some grand new idea, keep me in check people!

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