The Story Behind My Blog's Title

The Story Behind My Blog's Title
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Eh...Why Not Post at 3:30am.

It's not like I'm getting anywhere with my query letter.

Wow! Trying to condense 311 pages into one, maybe two paragraphs, is proving to be somewhat of a challenge. Especially for a yakker like me! I'm currently working on four variations simultaneously. I do get the reason agents want this though. Anyone can get all wordy and stretch a wee little story into pages and pages of descriptive babble. Do you want me to show ya?

Eh...maybe later. But, while I'm on the subject, I have a confession to make. When I was in college I frequently used this tactic to "pull one over" on my English/lit professors. I didn't like to study. So when it came time for the exam, I'd reform the question into a statement, and reword it several times using a variety of large words and adjectives until I had stretched it into two to three paragraphs. Basically, the idea was to keep the professor from seeing the trees for the forest. (Yes, I meant to say it that way) I got good enough at this to be exempt from finals on two occasions due to my average being so high.(Also a result of this very trick) I really feel bad about it now.

Anyhow, for something I wasn't going to demonstrate, I think I just did.

So, my point. Basically anyone can be wordy. Going the opposite direction, and still being thorough, unique, and interesting; that's quite a talent (not trick). We'll see if I've got it in me.

Wish me luck!

And now I don't have to feel guilty about neglecting my blog for a few days, at least.


  1. So, I'm not the only one who pulled that trick in highschool? Heh, heh. I once wrote a full five-paragraph essay on Wuthering Heights, even though I hadn't actually read the book. I took two lines of notes I'd written down the day before and reworded it over and over...and got an "A+, Excellent!"

    Honestly, I think our wordiness now is due to English teachers in highschool pushing us to be descriptive and flowery in our writing--they loved that stuff back then.

    And I totally agree--query writing sucks. I've send out about six different versions so far, none of them I've been overly happy with. (Of course, that's mainly because I haven't gotten an agent to fall in love with it yet!)

  2. Loved reading your post, Shawna.

    Saying more with less "still being thorough, unique, and interesting; that's quite a talent (not trick)." I think that is our "game" our "job" I love it. I know some that do this very, very well and you are one of them!

    Good luck with the query!


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