conversation with self:
Brain stuffed with good books?
Brain also stuffed with bad books, but knowing full well what they did and how to avoid it. Or maybe, also, um…good books with just a few awkward moments that can probably be avoided now that you know why they were awkward?
Committed to two week book-fast, wherein ABSOLUTELY NO FICTION READING IS ALLOWED because you’ll be busy writing something worth reading?!!
OKAY, now go write write write, little bird. And fly fly fly. Share your dreams with the world. Be bold. Be brave.
Or don’t. I don’t care as long as you WRITE.
So as much as I l♥ve you and l♥ve blogging, this week I’m calling it off.
Only for a week!
I have to get some serious WRITING and READING done, and it’s not happening, so I’m changing my schedule up.
Feel free to leave me some funny jokes in the comments, I will probably need a good laugh.
Hope you’re all doing awesome.
As Nathan Bransford says, revision in semi-important. I am going through like my 5th terrible, yucky, draining, life-killing revision, and I thought, Shouldn’t this be easier?”
So I looked up all these easy ways, and I thought that today I would share tips for a super fast, super excellent revision process. Seriously, these will sike you out of your mind:
- Insert your personal opinions in rants and long, forced character soliloquies. This is per Mary Kole again. Your readers what to know your every whim, and they won’t mind taking a break from the plot for a few minutes to get a look inside your genius brain.
- If you don’t have an extensive prologue, you need one. Agent Kristen says you need to fill those readers in on every bit of backstory possible!
- Just writing he said and she said is way too boring and old fashioned. Spice it up with words like expostulated, admonished, objected, and best of all, remonstrated. See how colorful that is??? Barry Lyga is great at this.
- Don’t worry about little things like plot. If your writing is edgy enough, (which is a big deal per YA highway), no one will notice if little Billy has no real purpose in the story.
If you follow these tips, you’re sure to have your revision done in one easy sweep and be snatched up by top agents in no time. Good luck!
Told you it was a sike.
But this isn’t a sike: Wednesday we have a very special interview with none other than the Honorable Queen of Funny and Sarcasm herself, T.H. Mafi. Yay!
***Oh wait. I almost forgot to tell you about this contest. Super cool from a super cool 16 yr old author!
So have you seen that SNL skitty-skit where these celebrities are getting interviewed, but they never get to say anything because this other guy starts singing “ooooohhhh weee what’s up with that? what’s up with that?” WELL THAT’S KINDA WHAT’S GOING ON IN MY HEAD NOW.
Super Cool Conference this weekend. I don’t have time to say much because my husband is cleaning my car and that’s supposed to be my chore, so he must be growing impatient.
Let’s just say, “CURSES TO YOU, WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL WORKBOOK! WHY COULDN’T YOU JUST LET ME BE COMPLACENT WITH MY BASSACKWARD REVISIONS???? WHY DID YOU MAKE ME WANT TO REVISE MORE?
Number one #1 #1 #1 TIP from the conference:
Wear a stop watch around your neck and keep track of your writing time. Every time you click over to twitter, surf, or blog, or pick your nose, whatever, stop the timer. Then you will see how little much time you truly spend on writing.
Goal: have step one done by Saturday morning – 2/6/10
Feelings: This is daunting and impossible. Why did I write so much? Hey, some of this isn’t half bad…ooh, I forgot about that part…
Based on several blogs and articles I’ve read on revision, I’ve decided to attempt a 4 step process:
1) Correct grammar and awkward phrasing
2) Correct Plot/ Character Consistency
3) Check sentence length and subject placement
4) Final reread
Of course, these steps encompass much more than their brief description above indicates.
Some blogs make revision feel so overwhelming, unending, and impractical, that it’s no mystery why so many authors just give up or do a crappy job at revision. I liked Holly Lisle’s article about it, which was detailed enough to be realistic, but simple enough to keep my head from spinning. Another article I liked was Holt Uncensored’s post “The Ten Mistakes Writer’s Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do).” Of course, Mary Kole has volumes of great advice from her December “Revision-O-Rama” series. I definitely recommend reading any and every thing posted under her Revision category.
My first step is to read through the manuscript, fairly quickly, but thoroughly enough to catch most of the grammar and punctuation
error errors. A lot of the time, I’m reading this outloud, or pretending to do so in my head so I can catch sentences that just don’t roll easily, or descriptions that are vague/over used.
To speed up step 2, as I read, I’m making a list of threads and elements that I like but maybe forgot to carry through to the end of the novel. I’m also finding good fodder for the subplots of my novel’s sequel, if I was to write one.
The other list I’m making is of all the characters introduced, along with the descriptions and histories I mention in the book. I know much more about my characters in my head than the audience does, and I think it’s good to make sure I know exactly how much I’ve revealed. This also helps check that the characters stay consistent to the end of the text, or have a valid reason for changing.
All this by Saturday…and my Thursday lunch is over, so I bid you adieu.