Friday, April 14, 2006

Commacidal Maniac!

Over the last few days, I dug into my MS (manuscript) . . . Killing commas everywhere! I am now officially a commacidal maniac . . . Or maybe I would be considered a serial comma killer. Anyway, they were all mercy killings and my MS is much better for it! :)

Commas are the bane of my MS's existence. They pop up like weeds and must be pulled out and discarded before they take over the MS! There is still much weed killing to do in my novel, but I am taking a break for a moment. Hopefully, more commas didn't appear after I shut my computer down for the night.

In other news, I need to do some work on my query letter. I'll get it right one of these days! I don't know why it seems so much harder to write the query letter. It boggles the mind and depresses the soul. *sigh* It took three years to get the novel where it is today (and not just because of the overgrown commas). Hopefully, it won't take another three years to master the art of query writing. And before you send helpful links to sites or recommend books about writing query letters, I've probably already been there, read that. It's like taking a test. I know the answers but can't get them from my brain to the keyboard in the proper order, so my efforts are in vain.

Well, I must head into town to purchase milk. My children seem to think they need to pour the stuff over their cereal before they eat it. What's up with that?

7 comments:

Lizzy said...

If you think writing queries is bad, just wait until you write the synopsis. Will make you want to bang your head on the keyboard.

just Joan said...

lol! Yeah, I've attempted the synopsis. I got as far as the first sentence before the head to keyboard scenario occured. *sigh* I like my brain function, so I've set aside the synopsis until I can purchase a helmet to protect my head, and a device to protect my keyboard from the helmet! :-)

Lizzy said...

Well, you know there's a certain "helmet" for sale on ebay. A nice shiny, pointy one.

just Joan said...

ROFL! Sadly, the bidding ended on that item. I must keep my eyes open for another one! :-)

Bernita said...

Synopsis!
Arrrgh!
You find yourself searching for an agent/editor who does not specifically request one, that's how bad it gets.

Cheryl Mills said...

hahahaha...I have the exact opposite problem. My last critique went something like this: Either you forgot to put in commas, or you've made a stylistic choice to exclude them, or the key is missing from your keyboard. Then she went through and told me where I should insert them! hahahaha.

just Joan said...

lol cheryl, we'd make the perfect MS team, I'd put them in and you'd take them out and maybe there could be a happy balance! :-)