It occurs to me that three weeks into the relaunched Speculative Faith, I don’t know two things:
- Where the acronym WIP, Work in Progress, originated: an industry term, or informal?
- What novels Speculative Faith readers, and my fellow contributors here, are writing.
So this is me asking everyone: pitch it. I believe that qualifies as proper etiquette. Don’t worry about sounding like a spammer if you write a comment and try to sell your story, because I’ve asked for it. Link to your own site or Amazon page if you wish. “Let’s see what’s out there.”
What is your genre, or what are your attempting-hybridized genres? What pictures were in your mind before you started work? Do you outline, and if so, how so? What has inspired you?
Moreover, of course, what do you think would make someone want to read your WIP?
I’m also curious about any informal “codes” when it comes to referring to projects. Especially if a project is unpublished, do you call it a book — as in, “My book is about …”? I ask this because I could be a bit silly about my own vocabulary; I usually don’t call my project a book because it isn’t technically a book. Calling it a book now could also sound pretentious; yet it comes to mind that although I prefer the term novel, that could also sound pretentious. …
With this year’s American Christian Fiction Writers conference coming up, this September in Indianapolis, it’s helpful to get these things straight. I haven’t been since the half-conference I attended in 2007 (had to meet a girl and get married, you see).
Over the weekend as I listened to writers’ pitches, I often heard something like (this is hypothetical):
A woman is distraught and angry about her teenage daughter’s drug use, but finally comes around to be able to forgive her and help her.
To this, I might ask, “Good, so what’s the story?”
Well, the mother has a hard time with this because of her own past drug use, and she vowed her own children would never use drugs, and she has to learn that we’re all human and that her daughter needs her help.
Me: “Okay, so how does all of this happen? What’s the story?”
Um, the mother finally forgives her daughter, and gets her into rehab.
Grrr. Can you see that this is not a novel? At this point, I’ve been given a premise and a resolution, but I still have no idea what happens between page 1 and page 400.
With that in mind — perhaps necessitating a rewritten pitch! — what is your story?