Most of us have shaken a Magic 8 ball at one time or another while pondering a vital question such as: "Does so-and-so like me?" or "Am I going to win the lottery?" or, maybe as writers: "Will I ever get a publishing contract?"
Short, unfulfilling answers popped up into the view finder: "Outlook not so good," or "My reply is no." And, if you're at all like me (it's been 20+ years) you shook that baby again until you got an answer you liked.
In the spirit of this fun novelty, I have created the The Magic 8 meme. And while it won't tell us our fortunes, it will hopefully provide some valuable advice.
With so many blog fests and memes we post excerpts we're proud of, work that has been polished within an inch of its life and really shines. But what about the work we're not so sure about? A line that feels clunky and awkward? A paragraph where we just convey what we want to say?
That's what this meme is all about. Post a paragraph or excerpt from a current WIP, or maybe a query you just can't nail, and ask your blog readers to be your Magic 8 Balls. Hopefully, they'll be willing to give you some advice - something more fulfilling than a "yes" or "no."
In short, here are the rules:
1. Post the button and link to http://blog.jayceedelorenzo.com (following would be nice, but not required).2. Share an excerpt from your current WIP, perhaps something you're struggling with, are stuck on, or just can't "get right."
3. Ask a question about your excerpt. It can be something easy such as "What do you think?" or something more in-depth, such as "Can you suggest a better way to word such-and-such," or "How can I make the emotions in this scene more realistic?"
4. Tag 8 people.
To kick things off, I'm going to post my query/blurb from my The Truths About Dating and Mating tab. I received a lot of positive responses to it and felt pretty solid that I'd done good, but that was when it was written in third person and hopped back and forth between Ivy and Ian's POV's. Now that it's in first person from only Ivy's POV, I'm not sure if the second paragraph works. Can I still use it, even though we're never in his head? Or are there just small changes I can make so that I can keep it in there? Help!
Spunky Italian girl Ivy Rossini loves to talk and push the boundaries. She gets to do both alongside her best friend, reputed bad boy, Ian Hollister, as they host The Truths about Dating and Mating, a sex-edutainment program for Riordan College's radio station. For Ivy, Ian has always been like an overprotective big brother - but that's about to change with a near kiss. With the memory of the moment fresh in her mind, she finds herself aroused by his slightest touch and fantasizing about finding out for herself what those girls on campus mean when they say he's an "intense lover."
Ivy has always been Ian's one ray of sunshine, the only girl who really sees beyond his bad boy reputation. It's only fair he protect her from the typical jerks around campus, or so he tells himself. But when he sees her in a steamy embrace with another guy, he's forced to reconcile the sexy, confident woman she's become, with the "little-sister" he's always looked out for.
With their friendship hanging in the balance, can they follow the advice they give their listeners to communicate, be honest, and trust in themselves - and each other - or will foolish pride ruin their fledgling relationship before it even gets off the ground?
Advice is much appreciated!
I'm gonna tag more than eight people to get this in motion - and no one is under any obligation to participate.
Carrie A. Butler
Jaye Robin Brown
Emily R. King
Scribbles From Jenn
and I better stop before I tag everyone I follow...:D