A word on revisions, critiques, and Row80

Work isn’t as crazy at the moment, giving me a few moments to breathe and plan.


As stated in an earlier post, I finished reading my WIP, “Dead in the Water”.  I had several issues to think about, beyond grammar.

  • Drop the prologue and write a new first chapter that includes the prologue and expands it into a real chapter.
  • Keep the name of the town. I placed the fictional story in the actual small town I grew up in.  I changed the landscape a little and added street names, but the landmarks and feel are the same.
  • Keep the religious references.  It was not written as a faith book, but faith is a huge part of many in small towns in the South.  Churches fulfill vital roles in these towns, and without them, the towns would slowly die.  I know it may turn off some readers, but it is a large part of my protagonists life…and mine.
  • Seek and destroy all uses of the word: inability.  A full reading of my WIP showed severe overuse.
  • Trim the fat.  My descriptions tend to run toward epic fantasy and must be pared down.  Granted in some areas a detailed description is necessary, but I don’t think we need to know ever inch of detail.  Maybe it’s a gender thing, but I noticed I describe what my main characters are wearing.  Not sure if all of that is needed.
  • Kill my darlings.  That sounds illegal, but I will do it…maybe.


I just had a story critiqued in CC.  I had the best critiques ever.  Not to say they loved it and went starry eyed, no they gave very helpful and detailed critiques.  So a shout out to everyone at CC, I now know how it is done!  I knew my story had a problem with the ending, but they found several issues that I had not even noticed.  So Thursday, on my day off I printed all of my critiques out, read through them, and sent my grades and a thank you to all of the wonderful writers who took their time to read my short.  Editing this is also now on my to-do list.


Reading:  I am reading another indie book, at least I think it is an indie sometimes it’s hard to tell.  I like it, but don’t love it.  I’m not sure if I will finish it.  Since I bought my Kindle, I’ve been going through my list of indie writer’s that I have met online.  The problem I will have is, what to do if I don’ t like it. A few years ago, I had a book review blog.  I made an effort not to review books I didn’t like, meaning I didn’t leave nasty reviews.  Not everyone will like a book.  I can only remember one book I read and really didn’t like and wrote a review.  All the reviews weren’t starry eyed, but honest and helpful.  But I also live by the motto: there are too many books to finish reading a book you don’t like.  If I don’t like it by the end of the first few chapters I chunk it.  Back to my problem, Do I tell them I don’t like their book or just grin and lie? I have 6 books on my Kindle only 1 is a traditionally published book (To Kill A Mockingbird).  2 books I’m not sure how they were published.  I have finished 1 short indie and loved it, left a nice review on Amazon, and another indie book I didn’t finish because I didn’t care for it.  It wasn’t by an author I knew, I just liked the cover 🙂

Revisions:  read the first paragraph, I have a little time this morning 🙂

Writing:  It was on the back burner.  Then my husband made a comment and it opened up an idea for a new book.  I might start planning that a little.

Submissions:  Still spinning my wheels over Wattpad.  I think it’s the fear of taking that first leap and looking foolish.


So how are your goals going this week?



4 thoughts on “A word on revisions, critiques, and Row80

  1. Good luck with your revisions. I also dropped the prologue from one of my stories. I think the story will be stronger for it. I’ll just sprinkle the necessary info into the first chapter and move on. The story starts faster that way.

    You’re right that faith is a crucial part of many small towns. If it’s natural to the story, I think most readers will appreciate it. There will always be a few who are turned away by it, but as long as a book isn’t overly didactic and the references feel like part of the setting/characters, I think most readers will enjoy it–even if they’re coming from a different background/religion.


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