Hi Math is Everywhere Readers and Kidlit Zombie Week Friends!
Thank you so much for joining us for this new event!
If you haven’t heard how it got started, check out our inspiration here.
We’re going to spend each day of the week reading posts like this one, then shuffling our zombie booties over to Twitter to have a lively discussion, and at the end of the week you can win prizes through two different events: the pitch event and the pledge event. Find out more about those here.
The Anatomy of a Manuscript Resurrection: An Analogy
by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
To kick Kidlit Zombie Week off with a bang, we’ll start with a fun analogy comparing reviving your manuscripts to zombie resurrection.
First, like a zombie, a dead manuscript usually needs to be rotting away in a file for a LOOONG while to get that great zombie look.
Second, you’ve got to get the timing juuussst right:
On a magical night, when the moon is full and spirits are high like All Hallows Eve–or maybe it’s more like when your kids are in the backyard on a “camp out” with the other parent and the house is nice and quiet, FINALLY–that zombie manuscript is ready to rise up out of the folder and start searching for sustenance.
Your manuscript knows what it wants–
But…if your brains haven’t satisfied it before, why will they now? You have some tricks up your sleeve! You’ve taken time away where you were working with other stories, reading books, taking courses, reading blogs and inspiring how-to posts (wink wink), and your brains have grown bigger and tastier! YUM!
But usually, your zombie manuscript needs more; otherwise, it wouldn’t have been rotting away anyway, am I right?
So you’ve got to try to give it THE BEST brains, a delicacy that it’s been craving while it was wasting away waiting for you to come back. How do you create such lovely brains for your manuscript to feast on? Try to think about what the main focus for the story is and which words will lead it right to this tasty delicacy.
Sometimes–okay USUALLY–that’s still not enough. Your zombie craves MORE! That’s when you lead it to other BRAINS! You know the place: windows boarded, people huddled inside trying to form an escape plan just in case…your critique partners! They might just have little pieces of those super delicious brains your zombie has been dreaming about….you know in all that time it was…resting.
Finally, you may have to become your zombie. Yup, you need to take on that zombie drive. Keep clawing away at those boarded-up windows so you can get to the knowledge inside. Don’t give up. Sure, you can take a break…to heave a bit…you have never worked so hard in your afterlife, after all, but then come back to it and with all the new sustenance you’ll feed it, and all the tender love and care you’ll give it, your zombie manuscript will come back to life and be more vibrant than ever!
Remember: this story is special. You wrote it for a reason. And it will be so happy to see you when you dust it off and pull it out to be revived. So get to it! And if you’re not quite ready to revise, make sure to check out the blog post on Wednesday it’s all about revising!
For now, shuffle your zombie booty on over to our Twitter account and start discussing your zombie manuscripts with your other #KidlitZombieWeek friends (DON’T forget to use the #KidlitZombieWeek hashtag!) and don’t forget to shuffle back to the Twitter tonight at 7:30 PM EST for our live chat to chat with each other and answer your questions about #KidlitZombieWeek.
***Also note: not all zombie stories have been on the self SUPER long and not ALL of these steps have to be taken for a good manuscript revival–if you are inspired after just taking it out and all of a sudden you’re ready to sub, more power to ya!–but I sure hope this little analogy inspired you to pull out those zombie manuscripts. ***
I have one I’ve come back to over and over again, and at this point, I’m honestly hiding from it, shakin’ and quakin’ in my boots, terrified I won’t be good enough to make it work. But my hope is all our discussions this week will inspire me to stop hiding from Adventure Girl and try taking it once again.
Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
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