Friday, October 16, 2015

Discover Your Strengths And Weaknesses

With everything we do, including writing, we have our strengths and we have the areas where we need to concentrate a little harder on. But it's not always obvious and we need to be told, or suggested what our weaknesses are.

If you're like me it took you a while to complete your novel. For me, with the manuscript I'm working on now, it has taken 2 years. By the time you get to the end and think you're ready to publish your book, hopefully your writing has improved somewhat. But you don't always see what those improvements are and what still needs tweaking. 

I was fortunate enough to have a beta-reader who could spot where the book needed extra work and honest enough to tell me what I needed to fix. Since then I have begun to tiresome challenge of rewriting again.

To understand where your weaknesses lie, listen to what people say when they are critiquing your work. Sometimes they are subtle comments, others are right in your face. As I began the arduous journey of rewriting again, I have been lucky enough to have a mother who was an editor at one time in her life. Reading the book out loud to her has helped me to see the areas of creative writing I need to concentrate my efforts on.

Plus an added bonus, I have a critique partner who's a pretty good writer and is willing to go over the book with me again. 

When someone says to you, "Hey, loved your story, but I'm going to send the grammar police after you," you know you need to work on your grammar. Another good one is, "I don't see the scene very well, can you draw me a picture?" You need to work on your descriptions. Or how about, "I got lost at the part in your book where..." subplots. Or "What happened when..." subplots. 

There will be all kinds of hints if you stop and listen to what your beta-readers, critique partners, or even your family of friends say about your book. But another way to know what you need to add extra attention to is what does your own gut say to you while you're reading it?

No one is a perfect writer, and the more you write, the stronger your skills will become - especially if you take the time to learn where the problems are. I know it can be a bummer to have to rewrite again, but look at it this way - it's a learning curve and you're willing to do the extra time and get it to where you can be excited about your manuscript. Nothing wrong with that!

I would love to know your rewriting journeys and what you've learned along the way. Leave me a comment and be proud of yourself for taking the time to get it as right as you can make it!

Love, Lisa

Monday, October 12, 2015

If Your Told You Must Revise Your Manuscript, What Will You Decide?

Recently I have had to deal with an issue I never dreamed would happen - one of my beta reader's said part of my new manuscript was flat. At first I was devastated, but then soon realized I should chalk it up as a learning experience.

So, back to the drawing board, or writing board as it were.

I knew that the past year was filled with a lot of setbacks, and stresses, so obviously it came out in my writing. Once I got past the initial shock, I decided I would need to fix these areas even though it would prevent me from publishing anytime soon. I simply will not put my book out to the public without it meeting my expectations, and most certainly, my readers also.

I know there are authors out there who, instead of reworking their manuscript, decide it's too much work and publish it anyway. I, for one, realized that it would come back on me with bad reviews and the like. I don't want to lose my fans - they mean to much to me.

This can happen from time to time and the important thing is - to take the time to do it right.

Those writers out there who decide not to fix what your editors say to fix, or listen to your beta-readers when they make comments that are corrective criticism, well it will come back to haunt you at some point. Better to do right by your name and your work. I mean, after all, isn't that why you turned to them in the first place - to tell you what needs fixed?!

So, don't worry, Lore will be published, and it will be before you know it. Please have patience with me, I will get it done.

I'll keep you informed as to the latest progress! Have a nice week all!

Love, Lisa

Saturday, October 3, 2015

As you know I usually post on here on Friday's but since we have been in between homes and are staying with my mother we have had to borrow our internet signal off of her neighbor's. So when I tried to open this page yesterday I couldn't get in. I was fortunate enough to get in this morning. I guess no one is up this early on Saturday so I managed to get a good signal.

We do have an update though. We found a place outside Idaho Springs - Lawson - so hopefully we can get back on track soon. Even though it is rural, and we won't even have an official address, I guess we can have Comcast installed up there. (Thank God) I have to have a good internet signal.

There is an update on Lore also. After discussing the book with one of my beta-readers I have decided to do some more work on it before I send it to my editor. There were a few places that dragged and were flat so I have to fix those areas. I won't release it until I feel it is a great story, worthy of you purchasing it. 

I think with all that has happened over the last year it was reflected in my writing. Also I was trying to hurry to get it out there so my fans wouldn't have to continue waiting. I tried to force it and shouldn't have. But that's okay, I'll get it fixed and after it is, I believe you will love it.

Thanks for being patient with me. The last few months have been crazy for us and I am trying to get back on track. Won't be much longer.

Have a great weekend and don't worry, I'm working hard to get Lore to you ASAP!

Love, Lisa