Until this week I thought we were all brave. You know, facing our fears and literally putting our hearts out there for everyone to examine.
Then I came across a post about #PitMad and it got me thinking. what kind of fool would try to put a whole book into 14o characters? Me, that’s who. Me. *hangs head in shame*
It started off with me telling myself that I’ll just see if I can write a log line that short. Then it led to adding tone. Somehow I got hooked–over twenty scary examples of my efforts captured in a spreadsheet with hashmarks included. Here’s where I found a spreadsheet example. *smiling shyly*
There is satisfaction from cramming story, tone, plot, conflict, and players into 140 characters. In fact, if I was wearing suspenders, my thumbs would be tucked under them. It feels pretty good.
That doesn’t mean I’ll post them on twitter. I may practice a few more times before going for the gold, but I might. And knowing I can is exciting.
Knowing I will, gives me a cold chill. This is where I reflect on how foolish I may be. Sure the pitches sound pretty good as I read them aloud. And I know my way around a log line (twitter pitch), but to put them out there where agents and publisher pick over them…
…is taking a leap of faith I’m not sure I have.
Anyone else doing #Pitmad? Any advice?