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Fear

Fear

Yes, it’s confession time.  I might be a little bit … or a lot… afraid. Revision I am almost done with the revision to my second novel, Light and Shadow.  I will be cleaning up the last few things over the next week and putting it to bed for now.  It has gone through a year and half of read and critique group, a beta reader or two, and now one BIG revision, complete with a new ending (That’s three…

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Revision Revisited

Revision Revisited

I’m about 3/4 of the way through my revision.  I enjoy throwing around the concept of re-writers block, rather than writers block.  When I’m writing a rough draft, ideas come and go, drifting between my mind and the page.  Gradually, 1,000 words becomes 5,000 then 10 then 50, 000.  If I write on schedule I can write 1,000 to 1,500 words a day.  It’s not perfect, but the draft happens, seemingly of its own accord. Then There’s Revision I can’t lie.  I hate…

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Writing Quote Wednesday

Writing Quote Wednesday

Look, it’s actually Wednesday and I’m posting “Writing Quote Wednesday.” Yay me! Today’s quote is from Elmore Leonard: “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.” I chose this quote because one of the many things that can hold me back as a writer is the need to make…

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Less is not More

Less is not More

You know how sometimes the same message seems to come up over and over. Different contexts, same message. I always think it is the universe trying to tell me something. Messages Well over the last few days the concept of volume of work helps. Day before last I retweeted someone’s quote from Edgar Rice Burroughs, “If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.” Then I read an…

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Read and Critique

Read and Critique

I have the privilege of being part of a read and critique group once a week. Each Wednesday I spend a couple of hours with other writers sharing our work and giving feedback to each other. My group is led by the fabulous T. Greenwood (book review of her latest novel to come soon). Procedures We take turns submitting pages from our works in progress. Usually, we submit over the weekend. Each week we review three or four pieces of…

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Trying to revise

Trying to revise

Back from the wonderful week on the cruise ship, and back to real life  …. or what I like to refer to as “that which pays my mortgage” I am now officially halfway through the revision of my manuscript, at the 40,000 word mark (or so). But, I find myself hesitating before jumping into the next section of the revision.  You see, I have to kill someone.  Literarily that is, not literally. Characters I get so attached to my characters,…

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Coming out of the Closet … as a Writer

Coming out of the Closet … as a Writer

Until two years I ago I was a closet writer. Poems, short stories, articles. I started writing twelve different books … I wrote fan fiction (Yay Dragonriders of Pern!), I journaled. The only common theme in all these random pieces of text was the covert nature of their creation. I would spend furtive hours scribbling in my journal, giving voice to my feelings or events of the day. But, I never contemplated sharing my writing … it was only for…

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