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Friday Feeling….

 

keep-writing-with-friday-feelingI seem to have woken up this morning (late morning) with that Friday feeling, I am not sure why necessarily, it could be I got a good nights sleep, or simply I am not working today (That’s real work, not writing work)

 

 

 

But I do get to spend the rest of the day hopefully finishing the revisions to my book, and get it back to my editor.

On that note, I really need to express thanks to Stephanie Dagg, who is editing the book. She really is making the difference to the quality and flow of the book.

When I sent it to her, I thought it was pretty tight. I had worked hard on the grammar (not my strong suit), and spelling, and in a way, kind of hoped she would send it back and tell it was perfect the way it was.

Not that I mind revisions, or that I find criticism hard to take, but I wanted to see how good I was.

Well good news, is that there were not that many spelling errors (Thanks F7!), but the grammar was obviously pretty bad!

After I fixed all the issues, and worked through the revisions (not too many thankfully), and I am reading it back, it now seems to flow so much better. I hate it when you are reading a book, and then you think

“Whoa, hold on a minute, what did that say?”

And then you scan back up to re-read a passage to make sure you know exactly what is going on.

Well, with her work, I have not found myself doing that at all, it seems to flow nicely, the language is tightened, and the extra “fluff” bits have been removed.

And although it still needs to go through a final proofread, and maybe a couple of small changes, it is so close to being ready.

So thanks Steph!

Now, back to writing.

Enjoy your Friday!

 

 

Stephanie Dagg’s website can be found at http://edit-my-book.com/ 

She also has twitter, a blog and all sorts of great interesting tips and tricks to read about.

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My Book is Finished–An Emotional Rollercoaster.

 

Well, I am feeling kind of emotional right now.

I just completed the final draft of my book and am about to send it off to be edited.

This book has been on-going since November 2011, and has gone through four different drafts.

An emotional rollercoaster is an understatement.

I have laughed and cried. And even just today, I started laughing while I was crying.

 

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Another Great post by David. Well Done!

David Gaughran

Simon & Schuster has launched a self-publishing operation, Archway Publishing, contracting one of the most disreputable players in the business to run the show: Author Solutions.

We’ll get to that distasteful link-up in a second, but first let’s have a look at what Simon & Schuster are offering prospective customers (i.e. writers).

Fiction packages start at $1,999 and go up to $14,999. If you have written a business book, prices are saucier again: $2,999 to $24,999.

While the upper end of the pricing spectrum is obviously shocking, some of you might think that $1,999 isn’t too bad if you are getting a proper edit and a decent cover.

Not so fast.

That price tag doesn’t include any real editing, just an assessment which – according to their own website – is “not a replacement” for editorial services but “a preliminary diagnostic tool.”

But what if you need proper editing?…

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Words Are What Makes Us… A Coincidence

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A couple of things happened this morning, which is leading me to write this.

First of all, I got up this morning, and was working on editing my book. Editing is something that I do not enjoy. I enjoy writing, telling stories, entertaining myself (and hopefully others) with my words.

Editing is making sure there is a comma in the right place (with me, they never are), making sure were, where and wear are in the right spot (guilty), putting a full stop at the end of a single line of dialogue (Lock me up now!).

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Does Writing Have To Be Solitary? (or am I doing it wrong?)

 

I have read many blogs, articles and books which described the writing process as a solitary pursuit.

They describe writers as having a hermit like existence. When I think about the scenario I think of the John Hurt version of “1984” and imagine a dark non windowed room, water dripping from the ceiling, a rickety table and chair, with a downtrodden writer plugging away trying to create a masterpiece. If they dare stop writing an electric shock jolts them , they grab their head in agony, begging for the pain to stop so they can continue the slog. They are in abject misery, dreaming of being outside with someone to talk too.

Is this how it is supposed to be? Because if it is, I must be doing it wrong.

While I am physically on my own when I write, I am far from being alone. I am with my friends, the characters. I travel to foreign locations, take trips out for dinner or just slob in front of the TV and stay with them while they watch the news.

I feel like I am on the transporter deck in Star Trek. I am usually in my front room, or sometimes at the dining room table. I open my laptop, get an idea of what just happened and then start to type, and as I type I dematerialize from my house, and transport to their world. And I stay there until I am tired or hungry and then I transport back to my house. Sometimes when things get exciting, I don’t even notice the hunger (It’s not uncommon when I transport back that I find its freezing and my toes have gone numb!)

For the older readers I imagine it like the TV show “Quantum Leap”

“Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better.”

Rather than being Sam, I am his holographic sidekick Al, who no one can see, but he can speak to Sam and help him along on his journey, telling him where to run, advising him what to say or just simply keeping his spirits up when times are tough.

To put it in a contemporary context, it’s like a reality TV show, except I can’t get bored, because I am controlling the action. My mood dictates where we go, what happens and what is said. If I don’t like what they are doing, I can make them do something different. If I am in a bad mood, I can hurt them. If I am in a playful mood, I can send them out on a fun adventure.

I laugh when I write something funny, I cry when I write something sad, I get excited when a reveal occurs and sometimes I feel the hairs tingle on the back of my neck and I jump up and down when I realize what is going to happen.

If this is a solitary existence then lock me up and throw away the key!

I’m not bored or solitary, but then maybe I am doing it all wrong and perhaps I am not supposed to be having this much fun?

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