Friday, October 17, 2014

Get It Right Before You Bite

I've had such a busy week and trying to sit down and write hasn't happened much. Although, I'm sure my critique partners are sick of seeing the same chapter for the last few weeks. 

It's not for the lack of time they keep getting the same one, but for the lack of confidence on my part. My low self-esteem has kicked in with writing about this side of the portal. When it comes to cop stuff and FBI stuff, I haven't got a clue and trying to make it exciting and to show verses tell has been tough. 

I think it's finally coming along though. I am ready to send it on to Michael and get his take on it. 

I've realized that the voices are different and hard for me to fix it so it's not obvious, but I'm trying. I will conquer this one way or another! I haven't given up.

Which brings me to the topic of this post, don't just settle with your revisions and send it off anyway. 

If you think it's not up to snuff, then work on it until it is. Sometimes you need to set it aside for a bit and move on, but come back to it later and work on it some more. You don't have to give in, as it were, to the need for getting the book finished, it's done when you say it is, and not before.

I think a lot of writers just depend on their editor to fix it, but they are editors, not authors, in most cases, and they can't write your particular voice. Take the time to get it where you want it. You'll find the more you write, the better your writing will become.

I know of a few times in the past where I read something I wrote and was shocked by how far I've come. Don't just settle for the chapter or scene, or even the manuscript as being mediocre, go through it again.

That's my advice, and I hope I will take my own and continue to strive for my novel to be the best I can make it. I have to feel good about hitting that publish button!

Until next week, have a great weekend and don't forget to drop me a line. I know we all lead busy lives but I would love to hear from you!

Love, Lisa

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