Firstly, another big thank you to all who posted here yesterday and said such lovely things! I’ve been feeling a bit down over the past few weeks, waiting for the wretched revisions, and having such nice comments made me feel much better. Thanks guys.
Anyway, I see my synopsis is up. Argh. Now, I hate these things. I don’t know any writer who likes them (don’t put your hand up, Lorraine!). It didn’t help that it was only supposed to be two pages double spaced and that Chasing Kate had been rewritten six times and I still hadn’t worked out what was going to happen! Anyway, luckily I had a baby plot in there – the ultimate in internal conflict (yes, apparently it is) – so that was a relief. And I chucked an argument with an ex in there just for good measure. But they were just desperate attempts to cover up the fact that I didn’t have a handle on the conflict and it showed. If your conflict isn’t convincing to you, it won’t be convincing to other people – at least that’s what I’ve come to realise.
Right, I think they’ll put up the editorial comment tomorrow so I’ll wait till that goes up before I post anything else. People had some great questions about conflict so I’d like to talk about that, and stereotypes as well. They also gave me some good comments about alpha males in MH – slippery beasts to get a handle on (no double entendres intended!). I had half thought to post up my revised chapter here, just so you can see how I revised it with their recommendations and to see how it compares with the first draft. Would that be useful? Maybe not. Although they liked the revisions, they still didn’t want the story! 🙂
Oh and if you have any questions about the synopsis, do ask. I’m not an expert by any stretch though, and they didn’t give me feedback on the synopsis specifically.