I got chapter three edited over the weekend. I’m so happy. I hadn’t expected to get any work done over the weekend. The trade-off was that I spent all day Sunday inside while my husband mowed the lawn. I have allergies or I would be mowing the grass.
But we went for an adventure in the woods on Saturday and took the girls mushroom hunting. It’s always a little funny to watch them gingerly pick their way throw the woods. The little one was finally feeling comfortable by the time we left.
I hope to get chapter four edited today. Wish me luck. I hope your projects are going well.
In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing originally published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian asked some of today’s most celebrated authors to each produce a list of personal writing commandments. After 10 from Zadie Smith and 8 from Neil Gaiman, here comes Margaret Atwood with her denary decree:
Whether or not you’ve fully embraced the digital era, as a writer you have plenty to gain from it. Sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing where to look. Fret not: your hardbound books and loose-leaf paper are not under threat. But there’s simply no use clinging to the past when there’s a glut of free resources available to writers at the click of a button. Need feedback on a poem? There’s an app for that. A clean, distraction-less place to store notes and inspiration? It’s a free download away. You’ve got nothing to lose here– so go ahead, experiment, find the app that fits your needs, and get to writing!
1. Draft This handy little web app offers streamlined word processing with version control and collaboration. Translation: you can accept or ignore feedback from editors and anyone who reviews your writing after you’ve received it. Their changes are not automatically added to your draft, but you can go through afterwards, line by line, deciding what you’d like to keep. A bunch of other great features make Draft worth a free download, not the least of which is its Hemingway Mode. Should you choose to use it, Hemingway Mode puts you in a write first, edit later mindset. You cannot go back, only forward. No deleting. The only writing you can do comes after what you’ve already written. When you’re ready to do a full-out edit, just shift back into normal mode.
Blue is additions and red is deletions. Black is where I started. Not much remains of where I started. I don’t know if that is good or bad. Good I hope. Chapter One and Chapter Two have been scrubbed clean of -to be and -ly. Well as much as my mind can currently stand. Lol!
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I’ve been incredible lucky to have found several great authors in the writing community willing to give me advice and suggestions. Their help has been amazing! But as the saying goes I don’t want to wear out my welcome.
I need someone to read my stuff and give me feedback on a regular basis. I’m willing to do the same. Not necessary grammar related more things like if the story is flowing or if parts are redundant.
I currently have a two stories that I would love some feedback on. One is a mermaid romance I’ve been calling it a fantasy erotic romance but it may be more fantasy young adult romance if there is such a thing. The other is a woman’s journey back from a divorce from a not so nice ex. I’ve been calling it a chicklit and I think that’s a good fit for it.
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I haven’t slept more than a few hours at a time the past five night because my littlest is sick. The doc can’t give her anything since it’s viral. Her fever bounces up and down like a yo-yo. She’s better today. I’m so glad.
I took my big girl to the eye doc yesterday and she needs glasses. I suspected this. She gets great grades but in these days of technology 2nd graders take most of their tests on computers and she can see those. I’m sad she has to have glasses but glad we found out before it messes with her grades.
I asked a few helpful people to give me feedback on my first chapter I have posted here. So far the feedback has been that I need more showing and less telling.
Google has been my friend. I’ve been searching and reading how to show and not tell. I delved into Her Unexpected Life and began tearing it apart and rearranging it. Then I picked it back up today and did the very same thing to it.
I think I have Chapter One memorized so I’m stepping away for a few days. I like lists and point by point actions but that’s boring and nobody wants to read that. So with a scrambled brain I’m moving on to chapter two. I’m not going to let the sting in my eyes betray me after I knock over the carafe full of dairy. (I’m not going to cry over spilled milk.)
See my brain likes the short one so much better. That’s why I have to scramble and then retrain it.
Note: this post was originally part of a writing series, and some comments may refer to that. Of all the writing advice I’ve ever given, people have probably appreciated this the most: understand the genres of books, and know where yours fits in.
When I first started figuring out how to write a novel, I didn’t consider genres at all. This was a big mistake. You always have a better chance of success if you begin with a clear vision in mind of what you want to accomplish.
This post is to help you think about where you would categorize your story, and to help you get more savvy about the genre of your choice.
Do I start a new story unrelated to everything I already have going? Do I finish something I’ve already started? One of the short stories perhaps. Or the sequel to Out of the Blue. Do I give a side character from Her Unexpected Life a story of their own?
I could just take a break for a while and wait till I get ready but I may never get ready. I could wait till I hear back from my editor on my stories. But how do you know which suggestions to use and which aren’t for you? Personally I don’t like a comma before ‘and’ in a sentence. It feels unnecessary to me. But if I don’t use one will it damn me in the writing community? Should I care if other writers think I’m not as professional as them because I don’t use the Oxford Comma? The reader’s what matters right?
How do I know when my book babies are ready to leave the nest? Do I take to heart the one or two not so positive opinions and throw out all the good ones on my stories? I bet this is where a publisher comes in. If I had one they would tell me if my story was ready. If you’re an Indie Author how do you know when your story is ready?