I am excited to get the new book I ordered. It was suggested by a judge in a writing contest and I am hoping it will improve my editing skills. It’s called Self Editing for Fiction Writers.
Self Editing. So will it teach me to edit my writing or myself? Confusing title. I do need some editing but I will leave that to God.
Anyway, I have discovered lately that editing my fiction work is harder than I thought it would be. I find myself wishing I had paid more attention in elementary school during grammar and punctuation lessons. I was writing stories even then and actually got published in a Weekly Reader magazine in the 3rd grade. But alas, I was more interested in Steve Vinciali and who was going to pick me for dodge ball at recess. I can only hope that this book will retrieve those deeply buried memories of the rules of prose.
If only I could go back and do it over. Nah, I would still be more interested in Steve Vinciali and dodge ball.
Happy editing fellow writers.
I have a friend that is always saying “just do the next thing.” Sounds good, huh? I can do that….yeah. So what is the next thing? Ive been wondering about that lately. I am at the point in my efforts to accomplish my goals where I don’t know what to do next. I know, I know, be patient. Just keep doing what you’re doing. It just seems like it’s never enough.
I feel as though I’m treading water sometimes – working hard to get nowhere. I write and write and write. I submit and submit, all the while looking for markets that might actually pay me for my trade. My dream of making some extra money doing what I love is taking a lot out of me it seems. But it’s only temporary, right?
All you struggling writers out there, I know you empathize. I feel as bad for you as I do for me! So I guess the next thing is just that…the next thing. It will be different for each of us. Finding our way in our dreams can be a one step at a time adventure. The rewards can be few and far between. But who said is would be easy?
I wish someone had told me, but then, maybe I wouldn’t have tried.
The house is quiet this morning. I don’t know why I got up so early. My husband left for work and the cat abandoned me to brave the wind outside. I can hear the big clock above my T.V ticking away and I know I should get off the couch and do something constructive. I got my new little Polish Pottery tea pot ready for tea with a friend this morning, but she had to cancel last minute, so here I sit. I at least hope to get back to my novel this morning.
I sent the first chapter to an editor last week. Keep in mind, I have never written fiction before. She sent it back to me with some assurance that I indeed had potential and to keep at the book. There were lots of little corrections to make and I had to change the way I look at some things. I never really understood the concept of Point of View from a writing perspective. But she helped me see how to go about writing from the character’s POV. I was amazed at how much difference it made in the manuscript.
Point of View is very important in our Christian walk as well. Instead of always seeing things through our eyes only, we should try to see the other person’s POV. Or better yet, God’s POV! I was stuck in the rut of writing though my perspective instead of my character’s. I don’t want to get stuck in real life, always judging by my perspective instead of seeing in the Spirit.
Oh, the selfish heart of the natural man. I think I will be more aware of my eyesight after learning this lesson in POV.
Any of you have that problem, or is it just me?!
You may have noticed I have placed a meter on the top right of my blog page. What’s this you may ask. No, it’s not a scale measurement of my diet progress! It is a meter for the word count of my first try at fiction. I have taken the personal challenge to try writing a fiction book in hopes of improving my writing skills and to possibly break in to the publishing world through a side door. Since my non-fiction work is not marketable right now, I am switching gears. The publishing business is a tough nut to crack for non-fiction authors without a substansial platform – I have spoken of it before. So, while my heart is still for non-fiction, I am flirting with a novel that is brewing in my head.
I have no dilusions that my first try will be a huge success – unless God allows it. But I know it will be an opportunity to crawl outside my comfort zone and take a peek at what the rest of the authors I know are so passionate about.
Keep me in your thoughts, or better yet, share your thoughts with me. How did you feel when you first stepped out of your comfort zone in writing?