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Read Through Blahs March 31, 2009

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Well I started reading through the third MS and BLAH BLAH it is sooo good in places, but the first 25 pages have been tweaked so often, I can’t see the forest for the trees. I am not stopping to edit, but following April Kihlstrom’s advice and going all the way to the end, making notes about global changes and catching small edits along the way. My writing buddy sent back 106 pages with great critiqe so I am incorporating her thoughts as well.

I have figured out how to get the hero and heroine together without him coming off as sleazy or as a rutting deer — and I think making that fix will go a long way to helping me recover the proper pacing for the story. The first chapter is way to choppy… probably because I’ve hacked it to bit sooo many times for contests to fit page counts etc.

LESSON LEARNED. Different cuts for contest and no using contest cuts in revisions!!

Now, a quick check on the other blogs I follow and hi ho hi ho it’s back to slogging through the manuscript I go….

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PRO Status March 30, 2009

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I had to write a blurb about what being a PRO means to me as well as a little bio for my Romance Writing chapter’s website. Here’s what I wrote for my bio:

True to form, Christine ***** has worked backwards to achieve her writing credentials. Unaware of word counts or any other writing rules, she wrote her first novel, Love Builds a Chance (don’t laugh), in 2004. Silhouette Desire requested and rejected this novel before she joined RWA in April 2005. Christine found critique group two years later, joined Virginia Romance Writers of America with them, and, after moving to Alabama, she joined Southern Magic and Heart of Dixie in 2008. After settling into her new home, Christine dusted off her many rejections for the first three novels she completed and achieved PRO status. Christine loves to write very spicy Contemporary Romances and has just completed her 4th first draft as she continues to work toward her publishing dream.

I have done everything backwards. And when I read some of the other bios, I feel so small in comparison to what they have already accomplished. But that’s okay. I have never done things the easy way. I wrote in my blurb about what being a PRO means to me that I believe it forces me to market my work. And it teaches me how to go about that business. I’ve learned so much, but the more I learn, the less I know.

At times it is overwhelming. I remember when I decided to write the first book. It was pure joy. Since that first day, I’ve not always experienced a lot of joy, but I love to write. I’m hooked. I can’t stop and if I could avoid all other activities such as housecleaning and laundry and more, then I would just to have more time to write.

I am in revision mode again. I must polish this book. I don’t know if it will sell, but I won’t know if I don’t try to get it out there and that means fixing any glitches I recognize before I pitch it. I feel soooo behind compared to some of the other writers out there in the PRO roster. I’m only just starting to feel like I am on the ball. I still don’t have a web site or business cards but I am working toward it. Am I behind? Am I ever going to get there? I don’t have anyone here to network with and that is driving me batty. I wish I had a website and a place to look more professional than I am.

Sigh. This day is medium is best.

 

Gearing Up for Another Revision of the 3rd Book March 27, 2009

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First of all–I AM SICK OF THIS BOOK. Okay, got that out of the way. And THE MORE THINGS I LEARN ABOUT THE BOOK, THE MORE I HAVE TO FIX. Okay. Got that out of the way.

Now I am doing a character workshop with April Kihlstrom and I’m using it to help me flesh out my hero a bit more. I love the questions she is asking to ask about my characters in general and I will use them in the future for all other books and revisions.

So, today’s to do list includes:

*work on Lesson 5 and answer questions about my hero for the class
*start reading through my MS and make notes for future revisions
*review my revision lesson from April Kihlstrom’s BIAW class and begin applying that to the revision next week Monday
*Find a happy heart about the book
*Research possible hooks for querying the book

Oh joy. The beat goes on.

 

Back in the Saddle March 26, 2009

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Well smiles and waves to all the Golden Heart Finalists!! I am so proud of all of you and I know how hard you worked. And kudos to all who entered, including myself, because we set a goal and we accomplished it and how many people say they will write a book and never do? We did. And we can all be happy for each other. The National Conference will be more exciting for me because I know two of my Southern Magic Chapter members are in the finalist circle and that is AWESOME. I have someone to cheer on and root for at this event. Wow!

And now I am back in the saddle. I’ve printed out the MS, and I’ve got my old character profiles dusted off for my workshop lessons about characters, and I’ve got my critique buddy’s comments and judged contest comments to pour through. I’ll work on the lessons today and I will read through the contest comments quickly before I read through the MS again tomorrow. Then it’s TIME TO POLISH IT UP.

I’m giving myself two weeks to polish it and ready it for querying. Then I am querying it and putting it aside until I hear yeahs or nahs. And I am very excited about the fourth book and can’t wait to start digging into it and revising it for contests.

Oh, and speaking of contests, I am entering the revised 3rd MS into the Maggies and the GH again this year as well as TOM, LHAoE to see if I can get a better result. And I am going to the Moonlight and Magnolias Retreat in GA as well. Why not? I think it will be a smash.

Back in the saddle and back to work I go.

 

Blah–Didn’t Final March 25, 2009

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Oh well, the dire predictions for myself have come true. Blah… much wine and perhaps chocolate later will help me deal with the preordained disappointment. But it’s soooo hard to lose. But I am happy for the few I know who finaled… and how? And I read the titles and I think… my title so totally sucks. But that’s okay. There’s always next year.

And how does one push through this? Well, I have a plan to NOT open the score sheet–just toss it away… why be discouraged?? And I lit candles (as it was raining) and made tea (too early for wine) and read through my RWR Magazine and my latest course lessons. Then I dashed to my closet and got rid of OLD TSTE stuff and tossed it, printed out the latest MS and BACK TO WORK TOMORROW. Argh.

Must query. Must remember that not all GH Finalists are published and must remember that many non GH finalists are published and must remember that I am a writer regardless of any results.

AND MUST REMEMBER TO SMILE AND WAVE AND SAY CONGRATS TO ALL THOSE WHO DID FINAL … KUDOS!!

 

Distracting Myself from Thinking about Tomorrow March 24, 2009

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Golden Heart finalists will be announced by 2pm tomorrow and I am a nervous nellie. I have no illusions about finaling. I just want to get past the bad news and disappointment so I can refocus my energy on my writing. I just haven’t been able to process or write at all. I’ve spent the day distracting myself with household admin work and organizing a baby shower. I can’t think about writing. I’m too filled with hopes and reality checks to focus at all.

Oh, I can’t wait till 2pm hits and I am free of this endless waiting!

 

Taking a Lovely Break March 13, 2009

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I am off to Orlando and Disney World with my family today. I can’t wait to have a real holiday. We have gone on little breaks, but nothing major since we saw our wonderful friends in the Netherlands nearly two years ago. We’re all tired and ready for a long, well-deserved break away from school, moving, writing, and work.

I might blog while I am gone, but other than that, the only writing I’ll be thinking about is protecting my memory stick. I am bringing it, but not my computer, on the road with me. If I feel the need to check in and write something or FB, I’ll use DH’s. Some people like to blog about their vacations, but I just want to savor each and every moment without worrying about what I’ll say about it later.

And I know when I come back, I’ll be refreshed and ready to hit the final run through on the third MS. I’m polishing it for the GH should I … hahahha… final. And if I don’t final (highly likely it’s door number two), then I’ll have something better to query. That’s got to happen before I tackle the fourth book in revision.

A break, a long one, and then back in the writing saddle again.