“You can stop writing your story. It’s been done.” That’s what I was told during a session on query letter writing during the SCBWI-OR Spring Conference. I know, it seems harsh. Perhaps I shouldn’t have shared my pathetic attempt at writing a query letter. And others heard pretty much the same words during the hour with this well known agent.
It stung, I’ll admit it. Especially since just the day before I had a critique with Stephen Mooser, President of SCBWI, who said my story was a perfect concepts with a perfect title (the perfect titles a slice for another day).
And never did the agent’s words appear more than this weekend as I sat down to work on the story-I-should-stop-writing. I haven’t stopped writing it.
Although she was brash, brunt and to the point, her comments made me consider:
How is my story different than the rest of the stories out there?
How am I making sure that my story stands out?
Do I change the opening?
Do I dump the notebook concept?
How can I write a query letter that will stand out and make any agent realize that I just wrote a fresh take on universal themes of friendship, loss, and love.
I have work to do. I have to get back to my writing.
More slices can be shared HERE.