Like that one guy said: Good writers borrow, great writers steal. Welcome to the place where all things have been lifted, looted, and otherwise pilfered…Remember, possession is 9/10s of the law.
Guess who’s done?Me.Yep.Me.I’m done.Done with the third draft.Done.Done.Done! Guess who’s happy, happy, happy?Me.Yep.Me.SOOOOOOOOO happy!
…and the language polish. And then I’m done and sending out FJR. I won’t lie. It feels really, really, really good to have done all that work and to see an end in sight. Three chapters left! It’s noticeably better thanks to all my… Continue Reading “After this is the typo check…”
…for March’s mentor of the month. Choices are:1. Lemony Snicket2. Kate Chopin3. Edgar Allan Poe4. Thomas Hardy5. Janet Evanovich
She won she won she won she won! I love life!
Seeing as how I’m going back to work today, a little depressed and more than a little pissed that I have to work, I came across this from What Moves in the Margin (the collection of essays that I’m using for our Mentor of… Continue Reading “Mentor of the Month: Toni Morrison: Work”
All right, dammit: New Plan. Didn’t get all of the revisions done–forgot to factor in the fact that you actually have to do some new writing when you revise. Banged through a few chapters okay, but had to change stuff I wasn’t expecting, who… Continue Reading “”
I think I’ve made up the difference for the earlier slow-start to the revision. My original plan–which has since been scrapped–called for a synopsis and query letter to be created this week as well. At the end of the week I think I’ll have… Continue Reading “”
…is going twice as long as I figured it would. Monday was my first day hitting the revision. First I took my pen and marked up the first four chapters, keeping my list of ‘overall’ notes close at hand. I marked the pages and… Continue Reading “Revision vacation…”
“To make the story appear oral, meandering, effortless, spoken–to have the reader feel the narrator without identifying that narrator, or hearing him or her knock about, to have the reader work with the author in the construction of the book–is what’s important.”-Toni Morrison, “Rootedness:… Continue Reading “Mentor of the Month: Toni Morrison: Knocking Narrators”