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?