Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Edit and Edit Some More

To say that perfection is reachable is a lie.  I don't think there is such a thing to begin with.  We are all constant works in progress. As parents, we learn through the fights, tears, laughter, and love our children give us.  As friends, we learn through the trials and tribulations of dealing with each other's idiosyncrasies.  And as writers, we grow through making mistakes.  Sometimes these mistakes come in the form of spelling errors or punctuation mishaps.  Other times they come in the form of plot turns and twists.  But regardless, we make mistakes and we learn from them.

For me, I am entering back into the realm of editing for I can't count how many times.  I'm constantly working on my new ms., but I recently learned something new about an old manuscript's formatting, so I am back to editing once again.  I'd like to say that it is a work in progress all the time.  I haven't given up hope that some day people will read it and like it, but I'm not quite ready to unleash it to the public without it being the best that it can. 

I have three fantastic critique partners working their magic on my new work, and am determined not to make a single change until I have received all three sets of comments.  The theory being that I only want to make major changes once right now, so I wait thankful for their time.  In return, I have some editing to do for one of them. (I'm sorry it's taken so long). 

Anyway, perfection.  Is it possible? No.  Do I strive for it? Always.  There's always hope. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

OCD Organized

Ok, so a while back I wrote that I was going to be free flowing writing my current ms.  I wanted freedom.  I wanted relaxed.  I wanted to write.  Now, I feel lost.  I need an outline.  I need structure. I need to tighten up my work environment and material because free flowing just "ain't" me. 

I'm not sure how anyone is able to sit down and just write a book without some sort of outline.  I have had an outline of sorts in my head the whole time, but I need chapter summaries.  I need a skeleton to work with.  I'm too controlling not to have control. 

I was talking to a fellow teacher today and she said, "you should teach math or science because your brain just works that way." I told her I teach creative writing and English. Her response was, "that's a bit strange."  I nodded and agreed.  In class, I drew a picture on the chalkboard with my right hand.  In my left was my pencil.  My students asked if I am ambidextrous, and my response was only on the chalkboard. I know, I'm a freak.  I can make up a character and tell a little story in minutes, but I'm overly organized with six calendars on my desk at any given time (no exaggeration).

So, the point of my story today?  I am an organized writer.  Are you?  If you are, tell me about it.  If you aren't, tell me about it.  Let's talk.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Back to School

So, school is in full swing and I'm trying to find my rhythm juggling teaching, teaching, parenting, wifing (?) and writing.  It's quite the handful.  I teach all day, teach online at night, play mom, wife, and write all in a 24 hour period.  I know, some of you may think, "How does she do that?" The answer is simple, I multitask.  I am so OVER planned, that sometimes, I even have time to read and watch TV.  I know. It sounds crazy, but somehow it happens.  Did I mention that I require at least 8 hours of sleep or I'm cranky?  Well, I do. 

Anyway, today I tried writing while my students were writing.  I thought to myself this morning that I had two hours of Creative Writing and one hour of kids watching a film, which meant three solid hours of writing.  I was surely mistaken when I discovered that they asked A LOT of questions.  I did manage to squeeze out 250 words which isn't that bad, but that means tonight I have to do it or else.  Not really sure what the else stands for, but I have to write.  Must do it! I've played hooky for a week and before that was another week.  I've been a slacker with a capital S.  So, the time management needs a tweak so I schedule writing into my day whether I like it or not.  I must work on this book. 

Anyway, that's pretty much all I got today for my blog.  I'm pooped and need to spend some time with the kids.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Why am I ADD when it comes to writing?

LOL! I am SO ADD when it comes to my writing.  One minute I'm looking for an agent, the next I'm looking into epublishing, the next minute, I'm thinking about agents again, and then I'm looking at publishers.  Ay dios mio!  Maybe it's good that I'm weighing all my options.  I mean there are A LOT of options out there.  What I do know is that I LOVE MY BOOK and will do whatever it takes to get it out there.  I read an article about why authors shouldn't have blogs because they focus too much on the art of writing rather than their books.  The point of the blog should be to promote self.  Ok, so I'm here promoting me.  I know I write a lot about why I need to take a chance on me, but why should everyone else?

I'm a hard worker. As an A type personality, I'm totally OCD and organized. 

I believe in my book so much that I'd stop at nothing to promote it (aside from jeopardizing my family of course).

I'm open to making changes.  I've read so many aspiring authors out there complaining about making changes to their manuscripts.  I'm no fool.  I'm sure that there are needed changes to make it even more saleable. I'm open to that.  Is it a polished manuscript as is?  Absolutely.

So, enough for selling myself...I feel like I'm standing on the auction block and it's making me uncomfortable. :)

As for All's Fair in Love and Texts...it's a new concept.  I've not found a book that incorporates texting in the hands of my students yet.  It tells the story of a girl finding her first love and a jealous best friend who works quite hard on sabotaging the relationship.  In the end, she must choose once and for all who is better for her - her boyfriend or best friend.

It's real. It applies to all girls.  It will sell.

Ok, so back to me being ADD.  Now, I don't know what to do, which means wait.  I don't want to jump into anything foolishly out of eagerness.  I want what's truly best for my book.  Am I crazy?  Probably.