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#NaNo Prep: Feet to the Fire Time—Post Your One-Paragraph Pitch/Summary for Your NaNo Story

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

If you’ll remember (or if you’ll go back and read it now), last week we discussed how to figure out what your story’s about before you start writing. A big part of that post is on writing your one-paragraph pitch/summary.

So now it’s time to put your feet to the proverbial fire and make you do it.

Share your one-paragraph pitch/summary for the story you’ll be writing during National Novel Writing Month.

If you would like to give feedback on others’ paragraphs, please do so in an encouraging and positively constructive manner. It’s a big risk for some people to be vulnerable enough to share their ideas, much less to do so in front of strangers.

I’ll go first, using the James Scott Bell formula (this is rough—I’m still really in the planning stages for this one) . . .

Trenna Keating, the Real World Template for Jenn Guidry

Trenna Keating, the Real World Template for Jenn Guidry

Jennifer Guidry is a chef and restaurant owner who has seen tremendous success in her professional life and, now that she’s a year away from turning forty, would like to finally see the same kind of success in her personal life—especially when it comes to her romantic entanglements. When a handsome celebrity chef–turned–TV producer offers her a spot on a national cooking competition show, Jenn has to decide if it’s worth leaving her restaurants and family in order to push her career over the top—and possibly explore a relationship with the famous chef. She quickly discovers that not one, not two, but three men from her past also suddenly seem interested in rekindling a romance with her. Four men wanting to date her. What could be better? But how can she choose between them? One knows her better than she knows herself. Two have secrets. And the fourth may have an undisclosed agenda. Jenn must decide if one of them offers her the chance at lifelong true love, or if she’s compromising her future happiness out of fear of being alone.

  1. Stuart Wakefield permalink
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:28 am

    Cookery competitions are huge in the UK right now. I think more people watch “The Great British Bake-off” than anything else. I’d certainly pick up a copy of this novel.

    Here’s mine: All Chris wants is to live up to the memory of his father who died fighting for the freedom of Cyprus. Before he can make a success of himself, and win the approval of his critical uncle Stelios, a Turkish Cypriot man comes into his life and turns it upside down, forcing him to confront both his loyalty his country and his sexuality. But when hostilities between the two communities erupt into war, a terrible secret is revealed and Chris finds himself separated from the one person he loves.


  2. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:13 pm

    Thanks for the very interesting NaNo prep, it was really helpful.
    Here goes mine:
    “And she shall take joy in the destruction of our kingdom’s walls”
    Sixteen year old Cassandra Jennings thinks being the black sheep in an overambitious family is the worst thing that could happen to her until her wish of moving elsewhere is fulfilled and she wakes up to a whole new world. Dreaming of a fantasy adventure her entire life, she now is withing one: Magic, demons, the handsome prince and even a circus, only in this story she is not the princess but might actually be the evil witch.


    • Brayden permalink
      Sunday, November 3, 2013 9:43 pm

      This sounds interesting. I like the twists you present in the summary. Are you a fan of Once Upon a Time? It has similar twists to favorite fairy tales. In that world, Captain Hook is honorable and Peter Pan is a demented demon. Good luck to you and happy writing!


      • Monday, November 4, 2013 12:24 pm

        I haven’t gotten to read the series yet actually but hoping to by next year. I am a big fan of fairy tales though.
        I’m glad you like the summary and thanks for the support.


        • Brayden permalink
          Monday, November 4, 2013 12:35 pm

          It’s a tv series on ABC. If you’re in the States, it comes on Sunday nights. 🙂


        • Monday, November 4, 2013 3:27 pm

          I live in north Africa 🙂
          But I’ll check it out online…I thought you meant the book series with crimson thread and the others…XD


        • Brayden permalink
          Monday, November 4, 2013 3:27 pm

          Oh cool!! No, I didn’t even know there was a book series!


        • Monday, November 4, 2013 4:50 pm

          I didn’t know there was a TV show…hahaha


  3. Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:41 pm

    Reblogged this on LOQUACITÉ.


  4. Brayden permalink
    Sunday, November 3, 2013 9:40 pm

    This is my first time with NaNo, but thoroughly excited to see these characters come to life for others and not just myself. So here we go:
    Caroline Asher teaches high school government in small town Fairhope, Virginia. Liam, the love of her life, is the assistant editor at their local paper. Together, with their three year old daughter, are the epitome of a loving family. On one May night, Caroline is in charge of chaperoning the high school’s prom. This night should have been like every other prom she had chaperoned, yet her life is flipped upside down at the hands of someone she loved and trusted. Now the town is in an uproar, pointing fingers every which way trying to make sense of the tragedy. Caroline is left broken and shattered, doubting God with every breath she takes. Liam, used to the role of protector, is now fighting dangerous and deadly feelings towards the young man who violated his bride and their marriage. How are they supposed to move past the hurt from that night and trust that the Lord who allowed this to happen is the same God who will heal their wounds? If God is so good, then why do so many bad things happen?


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