Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February IWSG: Great News & Tips for Revision City

Happy IWSG day, folks! I hope my news will offer inspiration to you all. Just when I thought I'd hit rock bottom, something good happened. After my mom passed away in December, I had a bit of trouble writing. Okay, a whole lotta trouble.

So, I did what most writers do and busied myself with another project. Revising a 64k New Adult Mystery Romance. Boy, am I having a blast with the rewrites! What was I thinking when I tucked this baby in a drawer in 2012?! 

To make matters even sweeter, my agent read over the first chapter and a short synops and likes it! Life is good, folks.

But...


Revision City can be a rough part of town. Plot holes lurk around every corner. Congested sentences are littered with trash. Flat characters run rampant. Here are a few tips to get you through the muck, that crappy first draft. Hail to the polished manuscript!

Approaches to the Larger Revisions

Revision Tips to Get You to the Finish Line

The Bookshelf Muse Editing Archives

And don't be a prisoner of the desk! Take your laptop to a coffee shop or a park. Print out a few pages and revise in the fresh air & sunshine. Get up. Move around. Stretch. And for your family's sake, shower! Trust me, Revision City will be a happier place.

Check out the Insecure Writer's Support Group and its founding member, Alex Cavanaugh. The IWSG meets across the globe via the Internet on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Writers are encouraged to release their writerly fears or offer up support for others. Alex's co-hosts this month are, Sheena-kay GrahamJulie MusilJamie Ayres, and M.L. Swift. A BIG thanks goes out to all of you!

*Don't forget to read Alex's post today. He's got a .99 deal that'll send you to the moon!! Hint: Cassa...

Write on, y'all~




40 comments:

  1. Thanks for the links! Glad writing got you through all of that. And that you found that manuscript. Sometimes we have great things lurking in drawers.
    Thanks for mentioning CassaFire's sale!

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    1. The least I could do for such a great guy like you, Alex.

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  2. I'm glad you are revising. I agree about the revision city being full of potholes. I will check your links to make sure I'm not forgetting something. You are awesome!

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  3. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, CF. Don't think anyone would be able to write much, but I'm glad the words are flowing again. I know it's such a big part of my life (writing), and things can't ever be close to normal for unless I'm putting a few words down.

    Good luck on your NA project!

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  4. Candilynn, Thanks for hitting my blog today! I'm glad to see that you are doing better. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. Writing is the great escape for me.

    As for your links...they come at a perfect time. I am deep in revisions on my MS and am desperate for some help.

    Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

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    1. Oh...and the background on my blog is something I whipped together on photoshop. I used to have a Blogger blog (I think for about 2 minutes), but I found it very constraining. Wordpress lets me customize to my heart's delight.

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    2. I hope the links are useful for you. Funny! I thought the same thing about WordPress. Giggles. I think your background is fabulous. :)

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  5. Thanks for all the tips. I'm in the middle of some revisions at the moment as it happens.

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  6. Glad to hear you're enjoying your old project! That's awesome when you can pull something out and find it's better than you remembered. :)

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  7. Sorry to hear of your loss, Candilynn. You can't go wrong with writing. It's such a soothing tool.

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  8. Hugs, Candilynn. Sorry to hear about your mom. What a loss.

    I'm glad your writing is getting back on track, though. Good for you. :)

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  9. Congrats on having the agent's OK. I'm sure you'll do a great job on the revision. I love your daughter's Monster Art! It's adorable! :)

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    1. That's the sweetest part of the whole thing, Lexa. I'm not sure what I'd do without her support. Thx, Ashley loves her painting.

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  10. "And for your family's sake, shower" I love that line. There have been times when the writing bug bit me and I get really in the flow. If it's possible I go with it and do not move from my computer chair until the inspiration stops. Once, I worked for a full twelve hours straight. The Hubs kept coming by every once and while, refilling my coffee cup. But he knew better than to engage me. So he said nothing, but kept leaving me sustenance. I love that my family embraces my weird, writerly ways.

    I'm so happy things are looking up for you. Write on. :)

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    1. "My weird, writerly ways" I too feel this way! Nice to know I'm not the only one. :)

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  11. All that muck can be tough to slog through. Good luck! And I'm glad your agent loves your story.

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  12. Good luck with the revisions!

    It's been a while since I've stopped by. I like the new look of your blog.

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  13. Aw it's always so great when the writing/revising is fun! Makes the process feel a lot more productive. Congrats on the positive feedback, too!
    Happy IWSG Day!

    AJ @ Naturally Sweet
    An April A-Z Co-host

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    1. Thanks! Revision always frustrated me, until this manuscript. Now, all I can think about is how to improve it!

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  14. I'm enjoying my first draft, but I also can't wait to get back to Revision City...it really brings the dreams to life. I'm so glad to hear you're doing better. Best of luck on your revisions! :)

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    1. Well said, Michael. It really does bring the dream to life. Have fun with your draft. :)

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  15. Glad you're enjoying your revisions. Love the new look of your site, by the way! :)

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    1. Wow thanks, Lara. I so needed a change. I love my old header, which is why I included it in the new header (center pic), but this change is geared for what I'm working on now. It helps boost my inspiration.

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  16. Revisions are, by far!, my least favorite part of the writing process! Good luck in yours--a NA mystery romance sounds like a great read!

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  17. I'm so glad that things are going well for you! Best of luck with revisions. :-)

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  18. That's great news about your new story. Keep plugging away at that mystery romance, it sounds like a fun project. Good luck with it and keep us posted!

    I wish i could get out and write in the fresh air and sunshine but all we have here in NJ is blinding snow and cold, dry air. :( I'm counting the days until Spring comes!

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    1. Ew, I don't envy you. I'm not a fan of cold weather. Brrr...

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  19. LUV your new blog banner-such cute photos! I applaud the idea of getting out and writing in new spots. Over the weekend I rejoined a writing space, and I got so much done there on Saturday! Plus, I organized a writing retreat at my Catskill place for this coming weekend! What better scene than authors hunkered around a crackling fireplace?

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  20. Oh, and hey, I have a new blog banner too, some check it out!

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! Have fun with your writer's retreat. :) Headed over to your blog now.

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  21. Hey, I'm so excited that you're writing a new adult mystery! It sounds great. Sure, there are tons of plot potholes waiting for writers to fall into, but you'll dart around them just fine.

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