editing, personal, Uncategorized

Finishing Edits, Being a Slug

slug.Micel_van_der-Vegt.pixabayI turned in my second round of edits last week and, as I did after the first round, slipped into a bit of a funk. I tend to hyper-focus when I have a deadline (or must get something turned in ASAP). It’s great to be that focused, but when the job is completed, I crash.

I won’t say I’ve been a complete slug. I have cleaned my poor, neglected house. I’ve pulled weeds and feed my flower beds. I got out and scouted for used books to send to Amazon. I’ve been a little productive, but …

I’ve also binged on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Have you all been missing romantic movies like I have? While I like superhero movies, I’ve been ready for some good romance. Netflix released The New Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. Oh my, it is perfect. Definitely my kind of show.

I’m loathe to admit this, but I’ve been binging on America’s Next Top Model. My daughter enjoys it and so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m captivated by the makeovers and the creativity of photo shoots. I tend to fast forward through the bickering in the house, but the shoots and catwalks are fun to watch.

So now that I’ve rested up after edits, I’m sinking in to my new story. I’ve struggled getting it plotted, so I’m digging in and brainstorming some ideas, praying the creativity with flow. I’m several chapters in and really want to take this story deeper.

How do you rest/recuperate/rejuvenate after finishing a major job or project?

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Revision Land

I have to say that culling out my google reader afforded me more time to work on my editing this past week. I’ve redone the first part of my contemporary/speculative and am working on a synopsis. I’ve also been daydreaming about a new story, the regency idea I had, and am getting excited about that one.

The extra time has been nice, but I have to admit I have had some withdrawals. Weird, huh? I kept wanting to just waste time. Procrastinate. Do anything other than write or edit. I wonder why that is? Here I am, making time to do something creative, and I am hedging about it.

But I am getting over that weirdness and am getting back into the groove. I am soooo loving it!

Do you find that it is hard to get back into the groove of writing after you’ve been away from it?

discipline, editing

The Common Trait of Published Writers

The past year has been full of great news for a few on my online novelist friends. Keli Gwyn got an agent and then sold this past week! Jody Hedlund had sold and had her first book release this past fall. Katie Ganshert got an agent and she has exciting news today on her blog! These wonderful ladies are very talented, and I’ve discovered they all share a similar trait.

SELF-DISCIPLINE

Keli is an extremely organized person who can stay on top of two blogs, writing, editing, critiquing, reviewing, and encouraging other writers in their quest for publication. Katie works a full time job as a teacher, has a young toddler to chase after, and yet gets up at 4 a.m. every morning to write her stories. Talk about discipline! And Jody…well, Jody is a mother of five children, whom she home schools. She juggles teaching, an incredible blog, and keeping a home for her family. I’ve also noticed that these young ladies are slender–another testament to their self-control.

Writing is hard work. It takes super-human effort to not only write a book, but edit it and edit it again…and again. It takes discipline, determination, and perseverance.

This doesn’t bode well for me.

I am not a disciplined person. I can be focused, but it is on one thing at a time. I may focus on my blog. I may focus on critiquing. I may focus on Facebook. I may focus on keeping the house straight…well, not really for any length of time. I can focus-but to the exclusion of all else. And when I think something is beyond my ability, then I procrastinate and avoid that something like it was the plague.

And therein lies the problem. I think editing my book is beyond my capability. But I’ll never be a writer if I can’t edit. I know…just do it, you say. I know, I know. You are right. I should. And I am trying, in that I joined a large crit group. It is just slow going, and having to crit other’s work while working on mine (and working full time) is overwhelming.

So I’ve begun praying 2 Timothy 1:7.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

God’s Spirit works inside of us, giving up power. Giving us love. Giving us self-discipline! Yes! There is hope. There is encouragement in those words for those of us who are not naturally wired that way. We can overcome. We can live in that power, that love, that self-discipline. 

Are you one of those lucky people who are naturally blessed with the propensity toward self-discipline or do you find yourself lacking in that area?


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Stories Dripping Red

I’ve been critiquing alot this week and find that it is not always easy. Sometimes I don’t find much to offer and then other times, there are so many problems, I cannot figure out how to make it better. Usually I love the story and can see the potential it has, but I hate marking someone’s story in red.

There’s something about taking someone’s “baby” and telling them the baby needs work that makes my heart sad…and even a little fearful. Sometimes I think the baby is underdeveloped. It’s undernourished. It needs some vitamins to make it stronger. But to tell a parent that, well, it’s a frightful thing. I try to mix encouragement with the correction, but so often I fear that I have overdone it.

Don’t we want to know what is wrong with our “babies” so we can do everything in our power to help it grow? I think I do, but when I get my baby back all bleeding with red, I wonder. I sometimes feel rejected. Hopeless. I can’t be a mother to my story. Why was I thinking I can birth a story?

Then I eat some chocolate and I am alright. I fix my baby and keep praying over it, hoping with God’s grace it will fly the coop, finding a new home on someone’s bookshelf.

Do you writer’s out there have trouble critiquing other’s work? How do you balance the good and the bad?


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The Great Edit Race

Okay, so it’s not really a race, but it sounded like a catchy title. Editing is going to be one of my passions for this month…and the next, I’m afraid. Passionate is My One Word for the new year (see my post on it HERE) and I am jumping in with both feet, or maybe head first, tackling the thing I have feared and procrastinated about in 2010.

It’s rather embarrassing to admit that I let a whole year go by without finishing editing my novel, my first book, the book that won first place in a contest. Completely embarrassing. So why am I sharing this shameful tidbit? Because I am conquering my fear and passionately moving forward into what God has allowed me love. (No, NOT editing, but writing!)

I am writing a new story and keeping the creative juices flowing there, but am now going to edit my heart out on my first story. In order to do this, I have signed up for the Critique Pool at ACFW. Hopefully, I can gain some help and get my story whipped into shape. I have a wonderful friend who is critiquing it now, but we are both so busy, it is too much to ask her to do more. (She is the best at crits, taking my story deeper and adding such texture to it!) I pray that the help I receive from others will be as beneficial.

This is my main goal for the year: to edit my novel and get it into shape by the time ACFW Conference rolls around. Yes, I am planning on attending this year, Lord willing.

What are your goals for your writing this year?

Sherrinda

editing, writing

Road Trip

I’m going on my first road trip with my daughter today. We are going to Houston to see friends and I am excited.  Not only do I get to spend some fun time with my daughter, I get to see a special friend of mine. This friend is one who can make me laugh like no other, and I’m hoping to get a start on six-pack abs with all the abdominal exercise I’m sure to get giggling and belly laughing.

I got an email from my friend and she is so excited I’m coming that she booked us pedicures! Ah, sweet indulgence. She wanted to know what kind of snacks I like and told me to bring comfy jammies for late night talks. I get to go to church with her and see friends I haven’t seen in so long. It will be a piece of heaven, I’m sure. 
There’s something special about reconnecting. Remembering the nuances of another’s personality. Recollecting memories shared. Rekindling the friendship. I was thinking about this as I opened up my first manuscript that I had set aside this summer. I haven’t finished revising it–embarrassing to admit–and grew tired of it. But after pulling it out, I felt the old love returning. That whisper of familiarity called me close and breathed in a longing to see this story to completion, edits and all. 
I am hoping to begin edits soon and get it ready to enter into the land of rejection. It’s part of the journey and I’m getting ready for that next bend in the journey. 
What have you been rekindling lately?