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We WON!!

Well, I say WE because I do support my husband in his work. But today ended 24 Hours of Daytona and much to our happiness, his motor won in the #4 Corvette GTLM car! Very happy and it will make for a nice day tomorrow at work for him.

So, what did I do this week? Well…kdjames, who is a fellow Reider at Janet Ried’s blog practically threatened to kick my butt if I didn’t start my final revision on my WIP and get it sent in to the request I received back in the stone ages. Or it feels like it was that long ago. So I’ve been working on that this week and have made good headway on it. There are some problems with it and some with me concerning it, but I do know that if I want to get anywhere with it, I have to suck it up and make the corrections and cuts I need. And I am. With a lot of hand wringing. But I am!

What happens when you have to cut and polish? Do you have a terrible time trying to get rid of those words you agonized over when you first committed them to paper? I do, but I diligently cut them if they make the story slower or clunky. I don’t get rid of them though! I have a huge document of cut things that I can’t bring myself to just delete. And I don’t believe you should. After all, what might not work in the current MS may work beautifully in the next one.

So, what do you do with your cuts? I’m curious to know how others handle this.

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I’ve been spending time at Janet Reid Literary Agent who is a wonderful person (really, she is, shark notwithstanding!) who cares about her Reiders and takes the time to teach us wonderfulthingsotherspaymoneyfor!

She admonished us a few weeks ago that as writers, we must be searchable. Reachable. Have some kind of visible presence on the web. Doesn’t have to be fancy, she said. Doesn’t have to be filled with all sorts of things, she said. But if you’re actively writing and will eventually be querying, agents you query will look for you. They do that sort of thing. Who knew?

This brings me two problems. The move a year ago drained me and my depression set in hard and heavy and with my two hour commute to work and back and my 9-1/2 hour days, my brain went on standby and the writing halted. I moved not only an hour from work but into a house I still don’t like after a year of living here. It’s been very hard.


You knew there was a but, yes? You should have. If you know me, you know there’s often a but…

I’ve managed in the past month to pull out my WIP and have started going through it, page by page. I hadn’t looked at it in over a year and realized, “This sucks!” But it’s a story I love, I was told at an agent pitch to revise and send it and so, after all this time, I’m going to be doing that. And it’s thanks to Janet. Mostly because she pretty much told me she’d sink her sharky teeth into me if I didn’t. 😉

So, this quick post is to say, I’m going to try to post here once a week, not always on the same day or at the same time, and I’ll comment when I do post on how I’m doing on my WIP. Not all of my posts will be writing related. This is a rambling mind behind these words, but I’ll make sure I let you know how I’m doing. And we’ll see how it goes.

I guess I’m going to say, I’m back. And I mean to stay!

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    There are only two groups of people in this world that hear voices in their heads-schizophrenics and writers...and sometimes, the line between the two is VERY thin. So far, I'm still a writer... I write paranormal romance then, now, and later. Happy Ever Afters are a must for me. I believe they are for everyone else too.

  • Write the book you love. Write something that isn't what everyone else is writing. That means you MUST READ YOUR CATEGORY and read it deeply. Know what you love about your category. Know what you don't. Think about your book as part of a larger whole.
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