June 1 2017

Rejuvenating Your Passion for Writing

The hardest part about writing, is writing. Seriously. I often do things to avoid writing new words. Re-writing? LOVE re-writing. It’s my favorite part of the writing process, but if I don’t get the words on the page, there is nothing to re-write.

Years ago, when I blogged, I often blogged about my writing process. It was called “how we write”. I tag teamed with a fellow author. Her process was VERY different from mine, so it was interesting to trade ideas and share them with our fellow writers. But life often takes us on a different journey and I focused more on the business side while I was COO of Cool Gus Publishing. Well, now my life has taken another turn and my sole focus is on honing my craft, and writing again.

But more than that, I want to get back to one of the most important parts of becoming a successful writer: CRAFT.

Recently, I came a cross a young, talented writer. Talented isn’t the right word. It’s the kind of writing that brings you to your knees without even trying. I’ve meet a few talented aspiring writers in my days teaching craft and the business of writing as I’ve traveled across the country attending various writer conferences. I’ve seen a few gifted writers pack up and go home. The business of Publishing is not for the weak of heart. It’s filled rejection after rejection and those rejections tend to do a number on even those writers with leather for skin.

I won’t even get into the one star reviews in the middle of 50 four and five star reviews. Oy. They say it takes 50 atta girls to erase one negative? I think its a few more than that.

I got to talking to this writer, who knows more than I do about the english language and literature, so it humbled me that he even considered asking me for advice on ‘writing’. Not how to upload a file to KDP. Or promotional stuff. No. He wanted to ask me about how to get motivated (he laughed when I said butt glue), what my process was (um, hello, my mind is a dark and scary place, even I don’t want to be there half the time), and other writerly stuff.

I sent the poor man a million and one things, including one of my famous spreadsheets! He might be regretting asking me anything at this point…

I was happy to answer his questions. But what struck me this morning when I sat down at my computer was that I have missed blogging and sharing ideas about process, craft, all aspects of the actual writing part of this business. I used to blog 2-3 times per week. Once about the process of writing. Once about whatever I felt like (often times silly things that just make me giggle) and sometimes about the business part.

I think it’s time to get back to that regime.

There is that old saying: you can’t keep what you don’t give away.

I think there is a truism in that sediment. We need to share our creativity with others and not just in the books we write, but how we write them.

In the same vein, we have to open our minds to new ideas. New ways of doing things. Writing is a constant learning process and we can always improve on it.

Happy writing and pass the butt glue please!

 

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May 17 2017

Who likes to Copyedit? Who likes to key in Copyedits? #amwriting #amediting

No one likes to copy edit, well, except those who are copy editors. Personally, I love story editing, which others call developmental editing. I like doing it for other authors and really enjoy when I get them back, ready to make the story better. But the editing after that? Just shoot me.

My process is simple. I write. I rewrite. I print and read. I rewrite. I send to beta readers. I rewrite. I send to a trusted beta editor. I rewrite. Then I send to a copy editor. I get it back, make changes that I agree with, then I print and go through again, where I find other mistakes. I red pen it, then key in the changes. The lovely thing about digital publishing is I can make those changes right up till the last minute (3 days before release day). So, this is what I did today.

Yep. That’s what final edits look like. And it took two days to key in all those changes. This is for DEADLY SEDUCTION which comes out 23 May 2017.

This is what after edits look like…

And tomorrow I will start on a read and rewrite of the first book in THE OMEGA TEAM: The Lighthouse. The first book in the SARICH BROTHERS series. This book comes out 19 June 2017.

As soon as I finish that one…on to finishing up WHEN A STRANGER CALLS while plotting either the first Adirondack book….OR I had an idea on a fireman series.

What do you think I should write?