I did more or less meet my goal of having the rewrite done by World Fantasy Convention. I say "more or less" because I was still monkeying with the climax yesterday, and I was hoping that the version called "done" for today would be an even more polished version. I have a pitch, kind of, and a synopsis, in a way, and I almost typed synapse just there, which makes me laugh. I have a synapse! Just one.
Really, I do have these things — a novel, a pitch, a synopsis — what I don't have is confidence in any of them. Of the three, I am probably happiest with the novel itself. That's the art form that I feel like I understand. I have been reading novels my whole life, I only started reading pitches and synopses… about a year ago. Years ago I made a short-lived and half-hearted attempt to start this process for my first completed novel, then quickly gave up when I decided that queries and synopses were stupid and I couldn't write them and the novel was stupid anyway so who cares.
My head is swimming now with contradictory and useless advice. I think I like pitches slightly more than synopses, maybe because I'm more familiar with them, because they are similar to book jacket copy. Synopses aren't really like anything. Based on the samples I've read, every novel ever written starts to sound ridiculous when presented in that manner.
I've been toying with the idea of doing NaNoWriMo and starting with the pitch. Just to see how it turns out.