Monday, June 22, 2009

Editing

Just finished reading my book for ??? time. Don't even keep up anymore. This time I found more puntuation type errors than anything else. I focused on that mainly. I still have a couple of passages I found to have flow problems, but I hope to correct this.
I can't decide if I should retype the story as I read or not. It would be a pain in the A**, but it may help me catch flow errors better. I have even considered rewriting the first few chapters. I have been warned by readers not to change it too much, but I know it can be better. I guess that is something I am just going to have to play around with.
I am playing around with rewriting/editing while my hubby is spending time with the boys. Having him home is nice, and I enjoy seeing him with his sons. I'm so lucky to have him. I just can't wait till the tour is over!!
Anyways, back to the grind. Perfection is paramount!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

YEAH!!

Excited that my hubby is on R&R from Iraq!!
As far as my book....just reading and editing... spending my free time with my hubby!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Little Brown Book

UGGG...it's amazing how much you forget about punctuation, etc. I had to pull out my Little Brown book from my freshman year of college to make sure I was doing it right. Yep...I saved that one.
I have begun, once again, editing my first book. It has been a while since I have read it and I can see things now that I have missed several times before. Really need to hire a professional I think sometimes....
I have paused writing the second to make changes on the first. I have to get it perfect, so I can start sending out queries/synopsis, etc.
But WHAT IS PERFECT????

Monday, June 15, 2009

Why I started writing...

This is the ultimate question I get asked when I tell people I wrote a book. It's a good question. I guess I could start by telling you a little bit about myself.
As long as I can remember I have always had an overactive imagination. As a child I enjoyed writing stories and acting out skits for my family. Ultimately I was an entertainer at heart. As I went through my childhood, I decided that I wanted to act. I was reasonably discouraged by my father to do something for a career that would be more likely to produce a reliable income. So I did. I joined into the medical field.
I enjoy my job, and I am happy with it. But there are still times when I would find myself blue about not taking a chance at acting. Now that I am a wife and mother to two small boys, I find it impossible to get out and take the time to pursue it. Even on a small level, like local theater.
Recently, during my husbands deployment to Iraq, I lost my mother. It has been difficult to deal with, without him here. I dove into reading and once again found myself rivited with an urge to express myself creatively. I found my imagination going wild, so I sat down at my computer and started to write.
As I wrote, it was a release for me. My first few chapters were kinda depressing, considering they were about losing a loved one and a funeral. (I wonder where that came from.) Then as I continued to write a plot developed and I got to enter into a world that was exciting and interesting.
In a way, while I write, I get to act. I have to ultimatly feel out my characters and mentally act out what I feel that they would do. I just have to find the words and write it all out, instead of reading it from a script.
Before I knew it, I had completed a 104,000 word novel in about three months. I have since edited, revised, and cut out over 10,000 words (including the funeral scene, which was really just for me).
I have several first-readers read my draft and from their responses I have felt encouraged to try and get it published. That part terrifies me.
I have taken a lot of time to read, study, and research the publishing world. Let me just say wow! Between the how to's, the agent query's and the dreaded synopsis, I find myself terrified at even trying.
But really what do I have to lose? Nothing. I wrote the story for myself, and I just want to share it with others. If I get picked up great! If not, I may self-publish just to have a copy for myself.
Meanwhile I have started the sequel to the book I have written, and am roughly 27,000 words into it.
I am going to try and document the whole attempt at trying to get published. It is one way to make myself go through with it.
Wish me luck.