Pimp my Bio: #Pitchwars 2017

That’s right, my friends. The time has come again for Pitch Wars, and I am here to tell you a little bit about my project, my writing, and I guess about me. To learn more about Pitch Wars go here, to check out other hopeful mentee’s blogs, go here.

I write adult fantasy. My Pitch Wars project is a Contemporary Fantasy about a woman who cannot access magic, but has to solve some magical problems to save her aunt and her job. I’ve started working on my next project while I let this ms sit between edits, and for a change of pace I’m working on a High Fantasy. I pretty much have trouble coming up with ideas that don’t involve magic. Or Dragons. I have learned an insane amount about my own writing since Pitch Wars last year, it almost feels like its been longer than just a year.

One of the main things I’ve been working on is how to really hone my outlining skills. I’m a big fan of the Snowflake method, and the more I use it the more I love it. I found far fewer plot bunnies in this manuscript than in my last few, and most importantly, no need for proverbial eagles to save the plot.

I write lean manuscripts, so when I’m editing I find some of the most useful feedback from editors/CPs is just pointing out places that need more content, and the occasional example or ‘how I’d write this to show better’. I also love getting stream of consciousness reactions or questions, because those help me to see if what I’ve written actually does what I want it to.

I see revision as the chance to make a manuscript shine, and having the right CP or partner in crime makes all the difference in making me feel like I can do anything with my writing. Or slaying Nazgul.

That’s right. What I’m looking for in a mentor is a Merry to my Eowyn.

I’m going to admit something that may turn off some people to my manuscript, but I’m not huge on writing romance. I have trouble with having complete strangers at the beginning of a book be madly in love or have a HEA by the end, especially when the book takes place over a couple of days like mine does. The best I can manage is what I call the ‘Well, we’ve just been through hell together and I think I like you. Want to get coffee to see if I actually do?’. I know, not as catchy as Happily Ever After, but what can I say. Maybe one day I will have the urge to write a story with a heavy romance subplot.

So, I guess I’ll tell you about me. I have the coolest, best, most supportive husband in the world, and we have a two year old boy who came to us with an extra chromosome. We also just adopted a puppy earlier this year, Miss Mindy, and also have three cats, Neko (13), Dusty (5), and Pippin (4). I love to cook and bake, and with coffee all things are possible.

Favorites:

  • Books
    • The Martian
    • Lord of the Rings
    • The Hobbit
    • Toby Daye books
    • Good Omens
    • Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne
  • Movies
    • While You Were Sleeping
    • 10 Things I Hate About You
    • A Knights Tale
    • Mulan
    • Lord of the Rings
    • The Arrival
  • TV Shows
    • Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • The Flash
    • Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Things to Bake
    • Pumpkin Gingersnaps
    • Kuchen
    • Peanutbutter Cookies

If you’ve read this far, thanks! Drop me a comment, or let’s chat on Twitter! I’m @JenniWood731, and I’m here all week. (okay, I’m always here. I stalk twitter mercilessly.) As a reward for reading to the end, I present you with the favorite LotR gif I’ve found whilst writing this. It pretty well sums up my goals.

 

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11 thoughts on “Pimp my Bio: #Pitchwars 2017

  1. So great to meet you! Loved your movie list. I have many of the same favorites! It was also interesting to hear you talk about outlining. I also have been working at becoming a better outliner. I used to be a complete panster, but I’ve found outlining can help me require less major revisions later. Good luck with Pitch Wars!

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  2. Hi ! I never normally comment on other people’s posts but I just came across your blog and I have to comment and tell you that I adore it! Your blog is so wonderful, I am so happy I just came across it. I am going to follow you right now so I can keep up to date with all of your posts; I look forward to your next ones! Keep up the great work (:

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      1. You are so sweet to message me back! You are so welcome, your blog is wonderful and I am so happy I came across it!
        Do you have Twitter or Instagram? I would love to follow you!

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