Saturday, October 31, 2009


Another step in the revision and editing process...

I was introduced to a new blog ROLLING AROUND IN MY HEAD . Dave is using LOTTERY for his bookclub. He has a wonderful blog and I recommend you taking a look.

Revising and editing. Again. And again. AND AGAIN.

WRITER-SELF: Looks good. Just a few more changes like how do I get my character from her small town in Elmtree, Wisconsin where she works in a cafe, to being the chief astronaut and nuclear physicist in Russia...

NORMAL-SELF: The reader will understand. It's done.

WRITER-SELF: That sentence is a little long. Takes up three pages. Maybe I should re-work it?

NORMAL-SELF: Leave it alone. It's done.

WRITER-SELF: The ending feels...I don't know...up in the air...inconclusive. I mean everybody's still alive. I feel like I have to kill somebody...

NORMAL-SELF: No you don't. Murder is against the law plus readers become nasty when an author kills off every endearing character. It's done.

WRITER-SELF: Maybe I should re-structure it? have four sections. Leave out the chapter headings. Change the font.

NORMAL-SELF: Leave it alone. It's done.

WRITER-SELF: You know as I read through it, it's pretty good. I don't think I need to mess with it any more. It's done!

NORMAL-SELF: Have you done spell check? Maybe you should do another spell check. And that's a good idea you had about the font. You could add a couple alien space monkeys to the mix. THAT would add suspense and kick it up a notch...

Monday, October 19, 2009


A man and his fender...

So you've all noticed by now that I'm posting less on my blog. There's a reason. If you EVER want to see the next novel then I have to draw the line somewhere.
The short version.
Cliff notes.
1. Wake up and while you are brushing your teeth write a novel.
2. Eat breakfast and write a novel.
3. Sweep the floor and write a novel.
4. Do laundry and write a novel.
5. Drive to the grocery store and write a novel. ok well I guess it's illegal to use a computer in the car so you can write it when you get back.
6. Feed your cats and write a novel and if your cat is clever they will write one while they eat.
Repeat seven days a week and at the end of a month you'll have say a gadzillion novels.
Aren't you glad I helped you out like this?

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Revising and editing a manuscript is like working on your boat. It can go on forever and nobody seems to do the job as well as you can...

I had to fire a character last week. I told her with the economy and everything I just didn't think I could keep her on.

"Sarah you have to go. I'm sorry."

"Was is something I did?"

"No. No, it's just I can't afford to keep you. You're diluting my story."

"I can change! Let me know what I need to do and I'll do it."

"It's not that. It's just you and the book seem to be going in different directions. You're kind of more YA and my book is adult."

"Make me older!"

"It's not that simple. In the beginning you were like a scaffold. You got the story going, but now? Well, frankly you're superfluous."

"What's superfluous?"

"See? That's just what I mean. You have a tendancy to take over. I need to concentrate on characters that are more pliable, ones that give me more bang for my buck."

"I can bang. Really! Give me a chance. Don't just cut me out like this. Is there no loyalty?"

"Sarah you're making this harder than it has to be. I tell you what I'll do. I'll keep your personal folder and if I have an opening in another book, I'll give you a call."

"Yeah? Well I just may be busy! YOU just think of THAT! I may be unavailable. Maybe I'll try another author. Boy, will you be sorry when the next book I'm in actually WINS an award. And I never told you this but I think your writing STINKS!"

*Character slams my door on her way out, kicks over my garbage can, and keys my car.*

Hiring and firing is SO emotionally draining, don't you think?