Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October IWSG: Harvesting a Pearl (A Few Thoughts on Revision)

If y'all are anything like my friends and family, you're probably thinking, "Be done with it woman! Aren't you finished revising that darn manuscript yet?" I won't bore you with all the gritty details, because well, most likely most of you understand where I'm coming from. But here's the gist of it. 

No. I'm not finished yet. (Darn it) Did you know it takes 1 to 6 years for a freshwater pearl to form? 5-20 years if we're talking saltwater. 

In light of it being post day for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, I'm sharing a few good revision gems. Make sure to visit the IWSG website to find out how the anniversary will be celebrated this year. Best of luck to all of you who're submitting to the anthology!! Me, I'll have to pass, so I can complete the pearling process.

Revision Gems 



~Until next time, write on, y'all!




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept. IWSG: Blogging Struggles, Big Girl Pants, & Honing the Craft

What do these 3 things have in common? For me, everything.

It's no secret, I've lost that bloggin' feelin'. I can hear Maverick and Goose serenading me as I write this post. (Yeah, right.) But seriously, folks, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Since I decided to reduce my blogging down to once a month (IWSG post day), I've not only lost followers, but my comments went down from between 50-75, down to 4. I've been a lousy blogger. I can only blame myself. Really. 

But I'm getting the work done. Perfecting my manuscript. Honing my craft. Every time I make a pass, the manuscript only improves. I won't lose focus of the big picture. Publication. Because truth is, it's why I've set out on this journey.

So, no pity party. I wear big girl pants. 

I have to endure the struggle. No matter what the cost. 

My copy w/ younger sibling scribbles
Honing Your Craft

I read CALL OF THE WILD in 1981. My copy still sits on my bookshelf today. Jack London and his character Buck made quite an impression on me back then. I'd like to share his philosophy about honing your craft.

1. Be decisive, choose something, then attack it.
2. Be persistent, endure struggle, and hone your craft.
3. Develop a routine and be relentless about it.
4. Settle into a groove and make the act of creating part of your life.

This article here goes on to say, Jack London was "horrifyingly prolific" when it came to writing. *whistles* What I wouldn't give to have someone say that about me some day. Wishes do no harm, right?

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IWSG

You can find out more about the Insecure Writer's Support Group here. Visit the link to find out how we're celebrating our 3 year anniversary! You can also join the group on Facebook. Please join me in thanks to Alex Cavanaugh (our mighty Ninja host) and his awesome co-hosts for the September, Laura at My Baffling Brain, Mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham!

Write on, folks!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August IWSG (Belated)

I had every intention of posting yesterday. Really, I did. However, my husband had other plans. Yesterday morning, he announced we were repainting our wraparound porches. That's 960 sq. ft. of porch. Two coats. Didn't get much else done, but they look great!

Find out more about the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG)
on their blog or their Facebook Page

So that I didn't completely flake out this month, I decided to go ahead and do a quick, belated post. Hope all is fabulous with everyone out there. Me? Still waiting on a few beta reads of my novel. In the meantime, I'm working on yet another pass & tweaking as I go. 

Debbie Ohi's comic seemed fitting for today's post. Enjoy!





Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at inkygirl.com