Thursday, May 29, 2008

Two Good Things on the Writing Front

"It is perfectly okay to write garbage--as long as you edit brilliantly." ~C.J. Cherryh

Writing is good here. Why?

1. I'm working through my edits for One Night in Memphis and have been hugely relieved to see that my editor is right, it was a pretty clean manuscript and she's only asking for a few small changes. Besides cutting out my over-use of commas, she wants me to address a couple of scenes set in POV other than the hero and heroine (I knew that was coming, and it's the toughest), add a couple more hints of the bad guy's evil character early on, and change some of the H/H's introspection to active dialogue. That last one's a little tough too, when the characters are alone, but I'm working on it.

2. And reading through that story again inspired me to FINALLY finish the first draft of One Night in Napa! (it was a good way to take a break from my edits) It's 55K words, which means I'll need to add about 10-12K when I revise, but it's complete from start to finish, with an actual plotline I can work with. I'm thrilled!

OK, I'm off - busy day ahead (which ones aren't??)

6 comments:

Devon Gray said...

Congratulations! I'm glad the edits weren't too bad and that you finished your first draft. That must feel great. I am hoping to finish my book this weekend (I'm 5k words out!)and I am supposed to receive my edits for Addicted by Sunday. Have a great weekend!

Dru said...

Congratulations on your progress. I bet it feels good that you don't have too many things to revised.

Good luck with finishing/adding the 10-12k words needed to One Night in Napa.

I hope you have a good Thursday.

Amy said...

Glad Edits are going well and YAY for a finished first draft! I'm insipired to sit down and work, but, you know, I'm on vacation. I'm sitting on my hands when it comes to work this week.

Marianne Arkins said...

Yahoo! ONIN is finished!!

Good luck with edits. Can't wait to read the finished story :-)

windycindy said...

Happy Thursday! All I can say is
"You Go Girl!" Very impressive. You seem to be on quite a roll and I hope it continues for you. Take care, Cindi

Virginia said...

Congrats on Getten er done!!