Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
An angsty sparely told novel in verse, Some Secrets Aren’t Secrets, is the aftermath of an abusive situation gone terribly wrong. Sophie tells her story in present tense beginning with her first day at her aunt’s house after being separated from her little sister and moving on to problems at school with teachers and a girl at softball try-outs.
Sophie’s quirky and funny personality lightens up this book that is packed with emotions as it reveals bits of the past. Feeling isolated and misunderstood, Sophie is quiet, distant, and trying hard to keep her worst secret, but trying harder to forget the secret that was never a secret at all. When her secrets become too much to bear and the snotty girl at the softball try-outs pushes too far, Sophie’s emotions rage out of control until she almost repeats the crime her mother is in prison for.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Okay, This week I'm supposed to write a one-page synopsis of my book. I have to have it by the end of the week for my special WIFYR Assistants meeting in which we will critique each other's synopses and queries. Oh yeah, I have to write a query, too. So, I'm a little stressed out. And I'm thinking, how am I going to do this? I've tried before and never got it right and never got it right and never got it right. But I was thinking, what would Carol say about this?
She probably has more to say than I can remember--especially in my frantic state--but, I remember one thing she used to make us do in class, and that was to write our novel in 25 words or less.
When 14-year-old Sophie Baretsky is separate from her little sister, everything goes wrong and Sophie doesn't know how long she can keep the secret her mother swore her to. 29
not bad, but not so great either.
Stuck in a small town, unable to see her little sister, 14-year-old Sophie becomes the troubled teenage everyone expected, but what they didn't know is Sophie committed the crime her mother is in prison for. 35
ten words too many
When nobody will listen to 14-year-old Sophie--not even after her mom goes to prison--she begins to lash out until she can't keep her secret any longer. 28
better, but doesn't really do it justice does it?
See, why this is so hard??
Maybe I should write it the way Sophie would?
Small town. Crazy aunt. Mom in prison. Nobody listens. Until 14-year-old Sophie almost kills someone else. 16 --how's that? better?
Can you do it? Write your novel in only 25 words.
Stay tuned. I'm gonna post my query and my synopsis later this week when I get them. I'm sure they'll be bad, but maybe you lovely readers can help me out :)