Re-attachment surgery

Some while back I made a decision about Kindred that didn't make me very happy, but one I thought might be necessary in order for the book to fall anywhere remotely near an acceptable publishable length, for a CBA historical (100,000 to about 150,000 words, in case...

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Word…

... count update.246,000Long way to go still. But nice to be on the good side of 250,000.A friend commented to me that just like much of film making happens in post production, much of novel making happens in the post first draft edits. Never so much for me as with...

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It takes a village…

I've finished editing the Beta 4 section. Total word count is down to 254,500. On to Beta 5.... and then we'll do this all over again.Aside from needing to bring the word count down, preferably to under 200,000, there are other issues I need to address concerning my...

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Busy as a Beaver

It's been a busy month (writing-wise), so thought I'd post an update--this is meant to be my editing journal, after all. I'm still editing my way through Kindred/Take 2, and feeling encouraged by how much I've been able to cut out the past few days, just weeding...

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A Meeting of the Minds

Or a meeting of the Muses? Here we are, the Southern Oregon (unofficial) Chapter of ACFW, at our second quarterly meeting yesterday. From left to right: Beth Goddard, Bonnie Leon, moi, Ann Shorey, Lorena McCourtney, and Lynn Ludwick. All these lovely ladies are...

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Thursday Hodgepodge

Or: My New Monitor, WIP Cuts, and an Upcoming ACFW Meeting After some fiddling and tweaking of color, contrast and brightness settings, my new LCD monitor and I are coexisting in something resembling harmony. Everything is so much bigger, that even after two days of...

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What If…

Yesterday I spent my writing hours fine tuning character motivations. I made a list of all my characters who have a role to play in the story--beyond the very minor background/community sorts of characters. In other words, those characters who have something invested...

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All’s Quiet on the Blogging Front

Which doesn't mean I'm not continuing my editing. It's going slowly but steadily, which seems to be the way I work no matter if I'm writing first drafts of scenes or reading or making the fiftieth editing pass. Just wanted to post and officially say that things will...

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Yes, I am

Today, February 11th, I'm forced to ask myself a question. Am I incapable of reading KINDRED (Trouble The Waters... Canaan's Shore... whatever...) without doing a line-by-line edit? After a week of reading and getting through all of three (three!) chapters, I have the...

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About that working title

Tomorrow I start (again) the editing of Kindred. Following the guidelines mentioned in an earlier post, from author/writing instructor Barbara Rogan (here's her new Next Level Workshop website), I'll print the whole manuscript off and read it. And I won't let myself...

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