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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Editing

Looking back at what I've written, it's funny how little things I never noticed come to the forefront. At one point I had my protagonist sitting in her bed, and in the next instant she was in a chair.  Editing is a necessary thing. What I have trouble with...what I've always had trouble with, is focusing. So when I'm editing I'm forced to focus. It's a skill some people are born with. And I envy them their ability to naturally concentrate on what they're doing. Some might call what I have ADD. But I'm not sure just what it is that causes me to skip over details. I've finished my second edit of my manuscript "Voyage of Dreams". I'll go over it again before I send it off to the publisher. He may want more changes. That's okay with me. I'm just happy to have someone besides me say that I've written a good story. Most of this accomplishment is not talent or luck, most of it is determination. Keep at it. If you love to write, keep at it. Something good will happen.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Be Careful What You Wish For

I've often heard this said by people whose most desired wish had come true. And then it turned out to be more than they had bargained for. I'm about to see just what getting my wish will mean to me. My manuscript "Voyage of Dreams" has been accepted by Celtic Cat Publishing in Knoxville for publication some time next year. Now I'm thinking 'Just what is this going to mean for me?' Am I going to have to do a lot of speaking to groups and maybe schools? The thought sometimes terrifies me. I'm not always that comfortable in front of a crowd of people who I don't know. But, I'm also thinking, 'Do you want to change your mind? Do you want to tell the publisher forget it?' The answer is No. But it still makes me nervous and thrilled at the same time. My husband tells me I'll be great - not to worry. Okay. But I think I'll do a lot of practicing between now and then. I love this problem.