August 14, 2011

What Makes an Epic Novel...Epic?

I've really been trying to answer this question with research and it hasn't gone very well. I'm hindered by the fact that I often use "epic" as a slang adjective. I like my blog to inform, but this is a request for help. Any thoughts, articles, recommended reading, etc. would be appreciated.
Why does it matter?
I've been working on my "one sheet", also know as the "sell sheet" for my agent pitch. I think CHASING THE LION qualifies as epic, if nothing else on word count alone, haha, but I'd like to be sure before I slap "an epic novel" on my one sheet and look dumb if its not.  
Fortunately there are lots of good informative blog posts out there about one sheets, with examples.
Here are two I found the most helpful:

I can't post my entire One Sheet here, but I can post its EPIC photo (See what I mean? hehe)

In author news, I celebrated a birthday this past week. Many thanks for all the birthday wishes and cards, flowers, and gifts. My friends and family sure know how to make a girl feel loved! 
I also had the privilege of purchasing a bible for a brand new sister in Christ that reminded me of the joy of my salvation and how God can use a testimony. In the rewrite of the final chapter of Chasing the Lion this week, a testimony thread wove itself in that I have to credit the Holy Spirit for. 
While we write our stories on the page, let's not forget we're living our own by God's design and whether we acknowledge it or not, people are "reading it" everyday. Live like Christ, first to honor Him and show Him our love, but also because the testimony we live is as powerful as the one we speak or write. 

This came to me as a Rhema scripture in my bible reading this week. I thought at first it was for the novel, and it certainly fits, but it turned out it wasn't for the novel, it was for me. A gentle reminder from a loving God that He is sovereign in all things. ALL THINGS.

"The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision 
is from the LORD." Proverbs 16:33 (NKJV)


Jackie said...

Hi Nancy,
I awarded you a Liebster Award. Check it out
on my backporch reflections blogspot.

Nancy Kimball said...

Aww, thank you Jackie! I'm very honored =)