ROW 80 is a friendly group that’s there to help writers focus on their writing goals. Each writer decides what they would like to accomplish in the next 80 days. We check in on Sundays and Wednesdays with their “linky tool” and are encouraged to adjust our goals as needed. If you’re late getting started and would like to join, that’s OK. Round 1 lasts from January 2, 2012 through March 22, 2012.
I took a mini-break from my book, but I’m back. I was caught up in a Beta reading project. What a great experience! I feel inspired to hack away at my own novel. Yay!!! 🙂
I have a not-so- secret desire to see if I can finish my own book somewhere around my birthday, a gift to myself. Reading another author’s work, an author that I admire, made me want this achievement even more!
A few weeks back, I split my first book in two books. So far, it’s gone well. I made the right decision. I know that I’m green to all of this. I’m not stupid. I manage people, not words. I suppose that’s why I look at my writing the way that I do. I see it as a process. EVERY writer HAS to pay their dues! It’s the writer’s equivalent of scrubbing toilets and mopping floors when your new to the job. I don’t assume I’m special, nor do I assume that I’m an exception to this. In fact, I think I need to work harder because I HAVEN’T taken ANY creative writing classes, not ever. I took a TON of literature classes, way back in high school, because I enjoy reading. My editing has gotten better, but I’m mostly self-taught. I read books on writing, grammar, etc. and pray that something sticks. 🙂 It’s not always pretty, but I need all the advice I can get.
I came across this great link today:
Thanks to Elizabeth’s post, I spent the day “looking for my darlings,” my overused words, then killing them off. 😉 I went to my manuscript, clicked on “Edit,” put in “ly” under “Find,” minus the quotation marks, and set to work. Wow! Holy adverbs! Some of them stayed, but most got a rewrite. I didn’t need most of them. I needed better descriptions. I can see significant improvements already.
Take care and Happy Writing!