Friday, January 1, 2010

Thanks Mom!

I don't really have much to write about, but I haven't written a blog for a while and I feel it necessary.

I started revising Banished a few days ago. My mother generously took the time to read it and comment, giving me loads of invaluable advice and insight. And also making me realize how much work I have to do. At first I was completely discouraged. There are major plot points that needto be reworked, or are missing or unexplained altogether. Not to mention numerous grammatical errors, words and phrases that are ridiculously overused, and characters who do not stay consistent. I'm exhausted just writing all that out.

However. I decided to make a short list of the major flaws that need fixing, and just got started. Suddenly I'm feeling very confident as I'm seeing the story improve. The pep talk from Mom about how I have the bones of the story and just need to flesh it out also helped me put the whole thing in perspective. I'm excited that I've got the whole thing down on paper, which is the hardest part for me. Now all I've got to do is make it the best it can be. And surprisingly, I'm looking forward to it.


Cynthia Occelli said...

Glad to see you are back and feeling confident. It's okay to fall back for a moment, so long as you rise and persevere.

Happy New Year!

Looking for your query, first 5, and synopsis on QT.


DaniSue said...

Might be a while before they are ready, but I'll definitely be putting the query on QT eventually! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

It was really tough recognizing that my first MS wasn't the BEST THING EVER! LOL! However, as time went on, my delusional grandiosity faded and now I've come to really appreciate the critiques and comments. My writing is soooooo much better! Heck, it may even see the light of day sometime!

Best of luck to you! Bravo for getting back into it!

barb said...

You're welcome. Maybe I forgot to tell you--99% of writing is rewriting!