First off, I hope all of you on the East Coast are doing well. Most of you probably can't read this since your power is likely out, but I'm thinking of you as Irene does her thing. This is one of those days I'm grateful to live in the Midwest.
This has been a good writing week. I outlined the first eight scenes of The Prophet and wrote the first 2000 words. Almost halfway to my Row80 goal of 5K.
My good friend has been reading the first fifty pages of Light and Dark and called me on how the book opens. "You're a better writer than this. It reads like you're not sold on it."
And I wasn't. I never have been. The book originally opened in the middle of the action, and when I learned that broke the rules, I revised. But I never felt great about the revisions. So with the help of my critique partner, I got to the bottom of the issue. There is some character setup, but the action comes quicker and the first two pages are pretty catchy. I feel good about them, which says a lot. The first pages, synopsis, and query are with a proofer this week, and I'm anxious to hear her opinion. My goal is to start querying Light and Dark by November.
Last but certainly not least, I want your books! Besides my normal suspense novels, I love good scary, psychological novels, whether they're ghost stories, horror, criminal, etc. I would love to hear your suggestions!
How has your week been? Are your #Row80 goals on track?