Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nail Biting Wait

I have been writing, revising, and editing on my very first fantasy manuscript for exactly 11 months at the end of this week.

What a journey!

Though I am still editing, I have given it to a couple of trusted family members and friends to read for content. I look forward to hearing what they have to say. Are there any major flaws I have failed to catch myself? Do they like the overall story? Did they feel my protagonist/antagonist lacked interest? Is there clear development of the characters as the story progresses? Would they want to read the next book in the series?

What a nail biting wait!

I find myself oscillating between dread and anticipation. I have a long wait ahead of me. At 330 pages, even the fasted reader will need time. Patience has never been a virtue of mine. *sheepish grin*

My book is so close to being finished, dear followers. Thanks so much for staying with me through this long process. I look forward to beginning the process to get it published soon so that you all can finally read what I have written. So with a sick feeling in my stomach at that final thought, I bid you farewell until next time.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Dance!

***Jump - Twist - Fist Pump - Wiggle Wiggle - Twist - Stomp Stomp - Woop for Joy***

I hope you enjoyed my happy dance, because I just finished this draft of my manuscript. I am sure my fellow writers can imagine my joy at this moment. I feel a little light headed knowing that only a long list of revisions separate me from being publisher ready.

I think I'm going to hyperventilate! Where is that paper bag when you need it?

Though I still have work to do, I feel on top of the world knowing that it is all written. My brain is so excited that it is not capable of anything profound. I know my loyal fans are as excited as I am. So for now I sign off to go celebrate.

Revisions start tomorrow! Woot Woot!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One week!

The current draft of my manuscript is finally within 3 chapters of being finished. I will start on the long list of revisions that still need my attention soon after, but it feels good to be able to say that I am within three chapters.

One week!

 I am so excited. The small group of people I have chosen to read the manuscript will be happy to know that I will be getting them a copy as soon as next week if all goes as planned.

I still have a ton of work to do, but I can see that tiny pinprick of light at the end of this long tunnel. And believe me when I say 'long'. At 95, 595 words and 309 pages long, this manuscript still needs a a lot of editing. Though I realize that this is not out of the ordinary for fantasy novels on an epic scope, I am not perfect and have already noticed moments of unnecessary redundancy.

So stay tuned! I am sure everyone will hear me roar in triumph as I pound out a happy dance when this draft is finished!(You know you just pictured how that would look! *grin*)

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Writing At Every Opportunity!

My friend and fellow writer, Angela Archer(right) and myself, waited in line for Twilight: Breaking Dawn I movie tickets at our local theater. We waited 4 hours. So what else was there to do but work on our current manuscripts! I actually wrote 4 to 5 pages during the wait.

Write at every opportunity is our motto!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Writing From Experience

My book is set in a medieval type world...meaning no modern technology. My characters use bows & arrows, knives, and swords. None of which I have any real experience with. 

How then am I to convincingly write about it?

I have been mulling over the idea of taking archery lessons the last couple of months. At last month's writer club meeting, I met a new member who just happens to be starting archery lessons. She told me the first lesson is free and they let me borrow the equipment. I told my brother, who unbeknownst to me, has a compound bow that he doesn't use. He is bringing it to me this weekend.

Do you ever feel like God is trying to tell you something?

I guess He thinks that I should write from experience, too! Now I just need to schedule my visit. I wonder if the hubs would be willing to join me? I think it would be a fun date night activity.

Next up: dagger fighting lessons. Anyone know where you would find a teacher for something like that? *grin*