Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sharing my sunrise!

I'm a sucker for colorful horizons. Show me a fabulous sunrise or sunset and I want to immortalize that moment. Most of the time I don't have a camera with me to snap those memorable panaramas (I still have a 'dino-phone' that doesn't include the camera feature) but this morning when I pried my eyes open at half past five and stumbled to my office and opened the curtains , I was met by a truly fabulous sunrise. Throwing a coat over my jammies (See the lengths I go to in order to share these special moments with you all!) I grabbed my camera and went out front to take these colorful shots. As I said, I'm a sucker for a good sunrise or sunset.

I suppose I should also admit that nature's picturesque array came at the perfect time. I was blogless. Yes. I totally blanked on my blog this week. I had nothin'. I was up 'til the wee hours working (and reworking) a series proposal that simply would not cooperate. You see, I had to take two 14 page double-spaced synopses and cut them down to 2 pages of single-spaced text. While these stories actually feature some serious 'slicing and dicing' by the bad guy, taking a scalpel to trim the fat in my writing has always been a challenge for me. I stew over every word. And it's tough to look at your own synopsis the way an editor or agent do. You know your story inside and out. You know the characters and their motivations. You know their flaws and how and why they react as they do. But putting the right balance of plot versus motivation into a clear, concise synopsis someone totally unfamiliar with the project can understand and follow and not have big, gaping holes in your narration that are crucial to projecting a comprehensive storyline is a balancing act worthy of Barnum and Bailey.

I HATE synopsis writing!!! Do I hear an AMEN??!!

So just for a few more minutes I am going to just enjoy my serene and spectacular sunrise. Then, I'll pick up my meat cleaver and carving knife and attend to those 12 stubborn lines I still need to slice and dice.

Writing is NOT for wimps.

~Bullet Hole Bacus~


Leona said...

Beautiful, and good luck. For me, the query and synopsis is whats holding me up. If I get someone to read the story, they're sold (even critical people who were waiting to tell me I was dumb to want to be a writer, LOL). So I shouted a loud AMEN with you and I feel your pain. Good luck and thanks for sharing that gorgeous moment of peace with us.

MsHellion said...

A-FREAKING-MEN. Synopises were created by the devil.

Good luck and gorgeous photos!

Tori Lennox said...

Gorgeous pictures! And I'm really picky about sunrise/sunset pictures. :)

And synopses are an evil form of cruel & unusual punishment. *g*

Kathy Bacus said...

Hang in there, Leona. Trust me. I've had some pretty awful synopses but still ended up selling those books. But you'd think after having seven books published and writing at least that many more, I'd get the hang of writing these miserable little boogers.

I've got one synopsis within the line's guidelines but I'm struggling with the second book in the series. Too much backstory, methinks...


Kathy Bacus said...

How bad is synopsis writing, MsHellion? SO bad I stopped working on mine and went and cleaned the loo.


~Bullet Hole

Kathy Bacus said...

Glad you enjoyed the pics, Tori! And I do okay with writing the longer, more detailed synopsis. It's when I have to condense a complicated story line into two dinky little pages of single-spaced text that I freak out. I come from a long line of blabbermouths. I am not wired for brevity...Argh!

~Bullet Hole

Estella said...


TerriOsburn said...

Amen! Though technically, I've only written two and neither was all that important as in "This is make or break!"

These pics are beautiful. I'm a sucker for a gorgeous sunset, mostly because I can count the times I've caught a sunrise on one hand. Not a morning person.

Good luck with the slashing. Oddly enough, I'm a rambler by nature, but in writing, very short and concise. So weird.

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