Author Julianne MacLean presented a session on Revisions to our local RWA chapter yesterday. She showed us before and after scenes that illustrated some of the changes she makes as she goes through several passes of revisions. I like hearing different processes because it confirms how different we all are and that published authors arrive at the finished books in vastly different ways. Julianne also has a real love and respect for the written word and romance novels which comes through in the quality of her work. I wish I could start every week with an inspiring session from a good writer. Makes me want to go home and make my work better.
One of Julianne's strongest messages was that anything can be fixed in the rewrite. This makes me feel a whole lot calmer about my writing and my ability to fix what's wrong with my current MS. She also recommended a book by Rennie Browne and Dave King, SELF EDITING FOR FICTION LOVERS. This is one of the first writing craft books I bought, the pages are yellow in my copy, but truthfully I've never read it. I spent the past hour searching for it and finally found it in the drawer of my kitchen table. Isn't that where everyone keeps their writing books? On my search I found another craft book I was searching for last week. Guess what else is on this weeks to do list? Yes, organizing the office/desk/bookshelves once again. I'm going to institute a 15 min daily organization time for a two week trial period to see if that will conquer the disorganization and paper pile up.
I spent sometime brainstorming last week with one of my fabulous crit partners and I think I've ironed out some of my sticking points in my plot. When the writing is going well, there's nothing else I'd rather be doing. But, when it's rough going I can think of a million excuses to procrastinate.
So, this week, I have five books to read for a contest, a three-chapter critique for a friend and 5,000 words of my own to write and a car to take in for servicing.
What's on your schedule this week