Just before Christmas last year, I gave my writing group the full manuscript of my novel, Until Proven. They gave it back to me with lots of work to be done, as I expected, and since February I've been rewriting, revising, reimagining. I like the reimagining part best because it is most like first draft work--my favorite.

 

I have a writer friend who like to rewrite. That's a slog for me. I do wish she could bottle and sell whatever it is that makes her say, oh goody--I need to cut 10 words her and 20 there. And can I come up with a more active verb?

 

I've now finished my re-re-re work and the same fine writers/readers/editors will get new improved mannie this coming Saturday. Three hundred forty seven pages x eight. That's how many sheets of paper are now in a box in my car. I feel a little giddy thinking about that. Yes, I'm weary of it and will be glad to let it nag someone else for a while while I refresh my spirits over the holidays. But I'm also proud and confident that I've told a good story and told it well.

 

Is it done? No, of course not, but it's close, and suddenly I feel that I've accomplished a lot in 2011. Now I'm going to work at learning all there is to learn about marketing a book-in-print and explore more deeply the big question: to self-publish or not to self-publish.

 

Whoohoo, and give thanks!

Views: 13

Comment

You need to be a member of She Writes to add comments!

Join She Writes

Latest Activity

Julie Couture replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Getting through rough times. http://www.mid-life-endeavors.com/?p=1214"
5 minutes ago
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder shared Brooke Warner's blog post on Facebook
33 minutes ago
Laura Zera commented on the blog post 'What Are E-Books Worth?'
"I've read several blog posts by indie authors who provided detailed analysis on their free e-book campaigns, and my impression, like Brooke's, is that the strategy is best suited for genre fiction authors. When an author has a large…"
40 minutes ago
Terry Williams liked Dee Connell's blog post What Anatole Broyard's Secret Says About Diversity in Publishing
47 minutes ago

Members

Badge

Loading…

© 2014   Created by Kamy Wicoff.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service