I LOVE Jeopardy. Always have. My niece and two nephews and I are VERY serious about our Jeopardy watching. We sit, armed with pen and paper, and race to come up with the right answers first. It gets pretty rowdy and the best part is that they are learning without knowing it. Sneaky, sneaky.
There are many categories in which I do quite well. I tank when it comes to baseball. But I slam dunk when it comes to Classical Music (which isn't really about "classical" music, but we won't get into that.) One of my favorite categories is Potpourri. Surprise answers to questions you never in a million years would have thought to answer.
Answers like - They both wear their spurs to bed.
(*I'll post the question to this answer at the end of my post.)
Anybody know the question? Anyone? Bueller?
So after a fabulous, whirlwind time at conference I have a few potpourri questions for those of us who are in JEOPARDY of becoming published writers or who are already hopelessly in the clutches of the world of deadlines, revisions, line edits and getting a cover that looks like historical Barbie does London. Feel free to answer any or all of them.
1. When you get ready to write a new chapter, do you have a target number of pages you set for each chapter or do you simply write and decide when to end the chapter when you come to it?
2. What font do you use?
3. Do you go by number of pages x 250 words per page or do you take the computer Word count?
4. Do you work with a critique partner, a critique group or alone? More than one critique partner? At what point do you send something to your critique partner to read? Do you use Beta readers? At what point? How do you work out critiquing so it is an equitable swap between your partner and yourself?
5. In today's current market for romance writers how do you REALLY keep yourself going? No platitudes, cheerleading or Hallmark sentiments. How do you make yourself sit in that chair day after day when many of your fellow writers, even agents and editors, talk about how hard it is to break into publishing today?
So, there you have it. My own little Writer's Potpourri. No prize for answering every question, except perhaps undying gratitude from someone who reads something that keeps them in the game. Cuz, trust me, my fellow masochists, this gig is NOT for sissies!
Oh, and the question to the answer I posted?
What do cowboys and snakes have in common?