Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Blog Tag: The Next Big Thing

Hopeful, if presumptuous title, isn't it?

My friend (read between the lines to mean verbal sparring partner during chats, someone who makes me laugh, and fellow writer on AQC) Peter Burton asked me if I would like to participate in the latest popular blog meme. I thought "Sure, sounds like fun!" Easier said than done, once I realized that I'd have to actually talk about not only myself but my writing. *Gulp*

As a reader, pleasure or beta, I'm pretty confident. As a writer, I hold no "delusions of gradeur." There are tons of good writers out there. Click on Peter's name and follow his links back to some of the other participants. Great stuff, some of which I wish were in print already so I could read them.

Part of the game is asking other writers to jump on board. It seems my pool of friends and acquaintances have either been tagged or aren't interested. However, if anyone reading this wants to do it too, go ahead. If you want me to link to your post, be sure to tell me. The Next Best Thing posts go up every Wednesday.

Alright, so here are the questions EDIT - my answers have been removed for privacy purposes:
1- What is the working title of your book?

2- Where did the idea for the book come from?

3- What genre does your book fall under?

4- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

5- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

6- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

7- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

8- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

9- Who or what inspired you to write this book?

10- What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

And now, back to focusing on other things and other people.
Tell me which of those questions makes you inwardly quake or have to puzzle over it for awhile. Have you ever resurrected an old manuscript for a makeover and how did it go?


  1. No response?? Well, this is a challenging subject!

    I will take a swing at it.

    I honestly think that the whole concept is a bit intimidating to me, because if I answer many of these questions honestly, I think I will find that my story is as of yet inadequate. I feel like I have a few well-conceived ideas and characters, but the big conflict in my story feels lackluster. Granted, I am on my first draft, but I don't have a firm grasp on what my characters are fighting for--besides the personal reasons. The big galactic threat, the spinning death machine, the impending disaster, the colossal pitfall...those elements are not yet hatched.

    And yes...this is my first visitation to an older manuscript, and I am finding that the original idea was too Tolkienesque...I feel like Middle Earth has been re-hashed a few times and would like to truly revision the piece. be determined.

    1. It is a daunting blog hop. I struggled with it for several days.

      Glad to hear other people bring old manuscripts out of mothballs, too. When I think how rough even my second draft looked, well, it's embarrassing.

      I'm sure once you've hammered it out and spent the hours on it, your story will shine. =)