This post is cheating, because I am too busy working on my summer to-do list and getting it finished. Because technically, it’s still summer, and I still have time to make my goal. Continue reading “End of Summer”
My brain is consumed by editing. Some days it works. Other days it does not. Here’s a few of the things that are working (or not working) for me during this trying time. Continue reading “So Much Edits”
Finished summer project #3! For those who probably don’t remember, that’s the completion of my NaNoWriMo novel. I’m done with straight-up writing, so time to switch tracks and work on editing.
The school year is my busy time of year when it comes to babysitting. Which is not to say that this summer is going to be empty. Far from it! I have seven writing projects that I want to accomplish before Labor Day, and here they are. On the internet, so I have no excuses for not finishing.
So here’s the list of projects, Continue reading “Summer Projects”
Letting an outside perspective take a look at my work is not my idea of fun. I recently sent out some work to be critiqued. They’re lovely people, and fantastic writers, but it’s still hard to watch one’s work be revealed as anything less than perfect. Like bubbles, writing feels kind of fragile sometimes.
Of course, no one says it’s easy to edit. Ever. And it’s easier to have these people look at it than try to find all the problems on my own, and it’s definitely easier than sending it out to publishers and agents and have them spot the errors. Just remember that it’s not perfect, but that’s okay.
It’s important to not be too sensitive about it, which is kind of hard to do because after spending so many hours on it a book becomes a kind of baby. Edits and critiques aren’t personal attacks (and if they actually are they can probably be ignored out of hand). They’re the opinion of someone else, and they don’t know the whole of the story or the intent behind a particular passage so you don’t even have to do everything they say.
But they also point out weak areas and missing details and typos and all those things that are a little hard to see sometimes. Kudos to all you critiquers and beta readers and editors and proofreaders, who contribute to make the written word the best it can be. I can’t do this without you.
Writing is hard. The important thing to remember is you wrote a book. That’s amazing. There wouldn’t be anything for anyone to read without that, good or bad.
I’ve mentioned that I’m writing a short story. Well, it’s all written, and now I’m on the critique stage. This is surprisingly less painful than I thought. Granted, there’s any number of things that need to be fixed, but the people who have read it thus far seem to think that it’s at least a solid base. I am okay with that. I can fix anything as long as I know the core is solid. Continue reading “Five Things that Come Up When Editing a Short Story”
Only two more days before NaNoWriMo starts, and my schedule needs some serious reworking if I’m going to make my word count this month. Continue reading “Scheduling as a Hobby”