Thanks to the inimitable Miss Snark‘s Crapometer, I did squeeze some writing in yesterday! Just under 250 words of text, mind you, but new writing nonetheless.
What’s a Crapometer*? This is when an anonymous literary agent such as Miss Snark kindly invites writers to submit their hooks, queries, first pages, etc for her professional review. (Her legion of comment posters also bestow their pithy responses.)
I chose to do this for three reasons, enumerated here: (you know I love lists!)
1. I have a fledgling idea that I’d like to throw out there before writing 400 useless pages. (Yes, in the past I did write a 400 page monstrosity that failed because of the underlying plot, not because of the writing itself.)
2. I am toying with rewriting a previous story, and am curious to know whether or not impartial minds think I should bother. (No, not the plotless horror alluded to in #1. A story that finalled in a respected competition.)
3. Although I kicked myself for missing the first few Crapometers, I laughed and cried vicariously through the web site posts and determined to not let the chance slip by me again.
Since I want to get honest opinions from the crowd, I’m not going to mention which number/post I am on her site until after Miss Snark (and her snarklings) have had a chance to pass their judgments upon my 250 word hooks.
I’ll keep you posted!
* Also known as a “Crapstravaganza”