I made a plan and I stayed with it. Oh, there were a few gaps along the way, what with the holidays and a week-long bout of a stomach bug from hell. But I did manage to write my 1,000 words a day (most days) and now I am so near to writing “The End” that I feel giddy.
I think that’s one of the most joyful moments in a writer’s life. The other is writing “Chapter One.”
In between is a carnival ride of eureka highs and the lows of despair.
But I made it from point A to point B. Of course I have to go back and straighten out a few plot flaws and add some descriptions and set some scenes, but the bare bones are there. It helped, too, that I had an outline of sorts to work from. Yes, I have been converted from pantser to plotter. Or maybe a hybrid of the two, because I still like to explore different paths. I’m just more careful to ensure that they lead back to the main road.
Then comes the hard part: editing. My weaknesses are using passive voice and overuse of adverbs and adjectives. Hey, we can’t avoid them altogether, but I do tend to use the same ones more than once. Or twice. So those have to be weeded out.
If you can’t afford to hire an editor, there are sites that help you self-edit. If you don’t follow Kristen Lamb’s blogs on writing, you should be! This week’s blog tells you how to clean up your manuscript: warriorwriters.wordpress.com
You are welcome.
I have another project coming up, and that is getting my historical, Riverbend, up on Amazon. I have the cover, I just need to format the text. After sending it out and getting no response, I decided I was too old (and too impatient) to wait two or three years before–hopefully–finding a publisher. I’m aiming at May 1 for my launch date. Lots of work to do before then!
I like being busy, but I also like to be lazy. Once I do my word count for the day, I reward myself by watching something on Amazon Prime. Just finished Goliath, Sneaky Pete, and Good Girls Revolt.
I call it research.
I’d better enjoy my writing life now because once spring comes, I’ll be outside working on the yard. Which is all right because sometimes I get my best ideas while mowing or raking.
I call it inspiration.