What I'm Reading Now: Thr3e, by Ted Dekker
On page 200 of the 245 page rewrite/second draft of the novel. Sometimes it's like walking over coals and standing in one place too long. Sometimes it's like flying.
I'm learning a lot from Mr. Dekker (Jamie, thank you for the recommendation!). If you haven't read his books, and especially if you haven't read Thr3e, go out and get yourself a copy. I'm at chapter 9 and haven't been this invested in a story since I finished the Harry Potter series. His character work is phenomenal. The story is gripping, fast, and tight. I keep the book in my purse so I can read at any five minute opportunity. Hopefully some of that will leak into my writing, too.
In addition to the rewrite, today I start a four-week online course entitled 'How to Get Published.' An actual literary agent is the instructor, and we get to submit a query letter to her, twice, for critique. Invaluable. I can't wait to get her feedback and to see the publishing world from the inside out. For those of you who don't know what a query letter is, it's a one-page torture session in which you have to scrunch a 75,000-word novel into 150 or less words. It should ultimately read like the back of a book, highlighting the main character, the problem, and the stakes.
I'd tell you I'm looking forward to revising it yet again, but that would be a lie. That's like saying you're excited about going to the dentist.
At any rate, I hope to gather some interesting tidbits to pass on. Stay tuned!