Last week I had an editor ask for a quick revision on a client’s novel proposal so she could send it to acquisitions. We just had to tweak it. My author client and I work so well together. In less than twelve hours, we’d tweaked it. And for those of you who have written novels on proposal, yes, it is much easier to tweak it in proposal than when written, but still. A lot of heart goes into a proposal too. It’s like sweating blood to get an entire book down on paper in short form (it resigns many authors—and agents—into soggy, emotional messes), so it took some give and take and two brains (my client’s and mine), but we got it.
I love the flow of ideas between partners. It just animates the idea, makes it so exciting and full of “possible” and electric sparks. I love taking a story apart and then figuring out how to put it back together again. And I love ideas, as you know.
Ideas are everywhere. They float in and out—some good, some bad. Our minds are a morass of ideas, twisting and turning in and around each other that sometimes can be overwhelming. It takes wise mind, thoughtful planning, and often a good dose of patience to get those ideas to come out and play.
And then when it matters, when time is of the essence and you’ve got to make it happen, the hope is that all that wise mind, thoughtfulness, and long waiting will pay off big time.