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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beginning of a good week...

Its been a weird week, yet highly productive. The writing been good, as the editing too! I feel a great conviction to my writing. But there has been a shadow creeping over everything. Maybe it's the begins of the END OF SUMMER, maybe I am missing long or newly gone friends, or maybe I am just having a week off of my usual jovial self.

I mean, last week was birthday week, lots of fun stuff happened. This week, it was busy as usual and maybe I am missing the thrill of being busy. Music Man auditions are coming in a few weeks, will be stage managing for that. The cats have beaten the yearly bout with fleas (going to stick to a year around treatment to avoid this issue next year. It is clear autumn is not far away, but I am not ready to give up summer, just yet.

This week I was editing my NaNoWriMo Novel and I realized that as I was reading and taking notes, I was finding new snippet, bigger arcs, and more details about the characters. The characters are talking to me again. Feels good. So, question, Dear Readers, do you find that as to read your novels (when revising), or stories, or plays that you find more story to tell, or is it when you are making the edits  that more story reveals itself? Or maybe it is a bit of both? How do you work best at editing? I seem to read along and make notes as I go. But I am curious to hear how you all edit.

Now onto the check-in...

This Week:
      *Reading: making progress on each of the novels. Nothing completed, yet, but I have crossed the halfway mark with The Amber Spyglass (Phillip Pullman), and The Festival of Bones (James A. Owen), and almost to the halfway point of Murder Comes Ashore (Julie Anne Lindsey). Seriously, Patience Price is so stubborn, but I really like that in her character. Will have review upon complete of these three books.
threshold on two of them. I am over half done with
      *Writing: wrote Monday (about 700+ words), Tuesday (838 words), and Wednesday (979 words) and this ROW80 post. Pretty proud of that. Going for 5 days this week!
      *Editing: The Real Road Trip, Monday edited 4 pages and Tuesday about 3 pages. It is a daunting project, but I am determined. I want to edits completed by end of August. Will work on typing the edits and fleshing it out in September.
      *Blogging: I posted my WIPpet Wednesday post yesterday, because I was excited to share my other new WIP Modern Muses.
      *Social Media: visited 4 blogs and sponsor duties daily. I am keeping up with this more often and its beginning to become habit now. w00t!!

This (upcoming) Week:
      *Reading: finish The Festival of Bones and Murder Comes Ashore.
      *Writing: write daily, at least 300 words. Not ready to bump it up. I want to solidify that I can consistently write 700+ daily for at least a month.
      *Editing: 4 pages of The Real Road Trip (NaNoWriMo 2014) daily.
      *Blogging: 1 new non-Row 80. I did it earlier this week, let's try again.
      *Submission: 2 new submission. I will figure out why I am not get this goal each week.
      *Social Media: 4 blog visits daily from both ROW80 and WIPpet Wednesday. I missed checking in with those peeps!

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  1. Glad that you have had a productive week. You had asked about how others edit. I am very bad at that. I read through my writing and can fix all of the grammar and sentence structure, things like that, but I have such a hard time chancing scenes overall - cutting them out completing, adding new scenes, changing the point of view. It makes total sense to me when someone else does it for me, but I just can't seem to figure it out on my own. Which is no help to anyone, just a confession of my own faults.

    Have a great week.

    1. Learning the fine art of editing is like meditating or praying, you only can know what works for you. So, I keep trying, experiment with something new, ditch what isn't working. I appreciate the input tho Chris. Thank you!!

  2. Looks like you made great progress this check-in. I have no editing tips, but like the idea of reading it and taking notes. I am totally stealing that. Good luck from a ROW80 blog hopping friend.

    1. Any ideas I offer on this blog about writing and editing is up for anyone to try. If it helps, then huzzah! i seem to find the things that help me to grow as a writer by sharing with other writers/bloggers.

  3. My editing process goes something like this: read the manuscript on my Kindle and take lots of notes. Then edit chapter by chapter using the notes I made and inputting any changes suggested by my trusty critique partners. Revision can be frustrating, but also exciting in its own way. I feel like I'm peeling away the layers and deepening the story. By this point I know the basic plot, so I'm just focused on getting to know my characters even better, answering world-building questions...just in general digging deeper. Good luck with your revisions! I highly recommend James Scott Bell's "Revision and Self-Editing." It's a great resource.

    Have a great weekend! :)


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