Weekends are never long enough. I feel a little like Garfield today.
Probably because I haven’t had a cup of coffee yet.
Oh, wait. I can’t drink coffee. Well, that might explain it. Thank God for tea.
Anyhow, I thought I’d give you all a writing update. Yes, you read right. A WRITING update.
I bet your wondering how in the world I even have time for writing. I wonder that myself, sometimes.
Between a 9-6 job, various writing group activities, martial arts classes, conferences, and family responsibilities, there never seems to be enough time left over for actual writing.
But I do make time for writing. (Though my blog posts on book signings, writing events and outings indicate otherwise.) After all, without it, my dreams of publication will go up in smoke.
So here’s the update on my WIP. After last month’s Working Writers Retreat, I ran my entire manuscript through the shredder.
JUST KIDDING! I would never, ever do that. The very thought makes me shudder.
Actually, I simply set aside my manuscript. I let the feedback I got marinate in my head, and tried to gain some emotional distance from my work. I thought I’d do that for two weeks at the most, but as you all know, life has a way of piling on more work when we least expect it.
Anyway, two weeks became a month, and this week, I FINALLY started on the next round of revisions. And it’s going great. I’ve gained so much distance from my story, I’m able to slash off entire paragraphs like a cold blooded assassin.
Plus, I missed working on my story so much that every day, I feel excited when I take out my manuscript and my blue editing pen. (In case you’re wondering, I use the .5mm Needletip Pentel Energel pen. It’s amazing.)
The whole month I wasn’t working on my draft, I felt anxious. I kept thinking, “I’ll never get published at this rate.” I was going crazy because I knew writing should be my priority, but I was so busy with a lot of things, that I kept on pushing off my editing dates.
I’m so glad I’m working on my novel again. I feel right again.
So, the moral of the story is: Set aside your work to gain emotional distance, but don’t set it aside for so long that you begin to forget your writing goals.
This October is definitely revision/editing month, so I’m apologizing to all of you in advance for my sporadic visits to your blogs. I’ll be able to visit you more often once I’m done with this manuscript. I’d like you all to know that your messages do encourage me and you are all awesome, patient friends.
I’m sure you’re curious about my WIP. (I know I’m super curious about all my bloggy friends’ stories )
The Rules? Count up the LOOKs in your current WIPs and choose your favorite three. Then post the paragraphs around the word.
So here’s a sampling from my Work In Progress:
It looked more defined now–a perfect, inverted triangle at the very center of her palm. The scar pulsed with heat beneath her touch, and the memory that had been haunting her since she’d turned sixteen, flashed in her mind. Her four year-old fingers traced an inverted triangle on her father’s palm, and his soft voice whispered in her ear, “One day, you will have one, too.”
He was about the same age as her. His dark hair, in need of a trim, half-covered his black-rimmed eyeglasses. Beneath his long coat he wore dark pants, a white shirt, and a blue sweater. All he needed was to slick back his hair and add a bow tie to complete the preppy look.
Nalia sprang for the door, but Mr. Clean caught her easily. He locked an arm around her neck, his hand reaching for her necklace. “I’ve been looking for this key for years, and now it seems the Goddess herself has sent it to me.”
Well, there it is, my three “look” paragraphs. Now I’m supposed to tag five other writers.
I’m tagging these five beautiful ladies because I’m super curious to read a sample of what they’re writing nowadays!
How about the rest of you? How’s your writing going?
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