Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nothing much to say

I have been procrastinating on writing this post as I feel like I have nothing much to say this week. I have been distracted by non-writing things and so therefore am way behind on blog reading and all other things writing. I have managed to do a little editing on my second book, but other than that, I'm pretty low on inspiration.

I'm hoping to get on track over the next two weeks. It's school holidays in NZ so my hubby will be home to help out with junior :) Hopefully I can snatch a few extra minutes here and there to get back in the zone.

I almost want to apologize for this dismal post, so let's make it worth while.

If you have the time to help me out, please share where you get your blog post inspirations from. How do you know what to write each day?
Any tips would be most appreciated.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Having finished my rewrite of Book 1, I was hoping to be able to read through Book 2 and 3, do a few minor revisions and say "Voila! I'm done!"

Yeah right!

Now that I've rewritten Book 1, I need to make changes to Book 2 so that the flow and consistency stays the same. I read through the book thinking "I have to go back to the drawing board with this one."
Thankfully i can keep a majority of my scenes. I'm only adjusting a few and adding in a little more depth and punch to my climax. Not too major, but it did get me thinking about planning.

I know some people write without planning. I know others can't do without it. I have always been in between. Plan as I go... I always knew my beginning and ending and would be about five chapters ahead of myself as I wrote. The more I learn, the more I lean towards thorough planning from the start. What am I really trying to say? Where do I want my story to go?

Stripping back the layers of Book 2 is hard work and if I'd taken the time to plan originally I may have saved myself some stress.

In saying all of this - I am learning so much through the process that maybe this mistake was worth it. I know I'll get a better book if I put in the hard work and make these changes.

What is it like for you guys?
How do you plan?
How much depth do you go into?

Hope everyone has a great week :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's Gone!!

Spent last night refining my synopsis and sending off my manuscript to agent Laura Bradford. It's such a mix of excitement and fear as you press that send button, isn't it?

This is the first time I've had more than one person critique my work before sending it off and I found it really challenging. Out of the five writers who read my first few chapters for me, I had two different views. Three said - awesome, want to read more. Two said - the beginning was a little slow.
So who do I listen to?

Do you any of you struggle with that?

In some ways writing is so subjective. I can appreciate good writing, but I'm not drawn to everything I read. Of course my critique of a genre I don't love will be harsher.

One agent might read my stuff and hate it while another might love my voice and want to go for it.

I guess that's why this business is one of the hardest to break into. All I can hope is that there is an agent out there who likes my manuscript enough to want to work with me. I am more than happy to make revisions - I'm sure an agent or editor can suggest things I've never thought of.

I guess the point I am trying to make is... I have worked on this story until I think it is at it's best. Now I just have to bite the bullet and get it out there. If I believe in my work then it's going to get snagged eventually.

Hope everyone is having a great writing week :)