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It’s done. Forget Me Not in paper form has been edited, reworked. Champagne? Maybe. Maybe not. Gives me a headache. So Sparkling Apple Cider works. Or anything chocolate-y.

 

If you’ve read my previous posts on this subject, you’ll know that I am dumbfounded with the ease of filling plot holes, rewording, and slashing unimportant scenes.

 

So.. uh, what I said. It isn’t a bad idea. I will do this for future works. But I’ll need an industrial-sized paper hole puncher, and bigger three ring binders…

 

Now it’s in a binder (a bit tight), but will be easier to fiddle with while I lovingly place my changes onto the computer version. I only wonder, how long will that process take?

 

While I kick back, eat a slice of cake, it’s time to head to the books I have put aside.

 

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Um. So I changed my mind. Sort of.

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Wait, what?

 

Sure, go ahead. Make fun. I screamed after printing the manuscript. What a horrible idea! I said…

 

Okay, so, maybe… just a bit… I may have changed my mind.

 

Not entirely. But. The good  news is, I can flip back and forth between page, plop sticky notes on what I perceive to be plot holes, or in need of plot thickeners…

 

Pull out red pen … reword some Phuzzy Phrases. Scenes that fizzle. Sentences that suck. Aren’t needed. Don’t push the plot along. Hasta Lumbago, paragraph of doom, palabras de muerte (Yes, lumbago intended…).

 

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Then when my inner Arnold is done, I’ll go back and plug the puppy into the eReader. Then plop it into a Beta group. Then, off to an editor, or grammar Nazi … I know a few…

 

Writing is rewriting. Then, some more rewriting. And … repeat.

 

Something outstanding in the mix happened. That whole ‘are you actually working…?’ question mark that occasionally crosses my husband’s face contorted into a Holy * moment. Nonchalantly, I said … this is what continues on and on until each. word. fits.

 

So for kicks and giggles, I pulled out different colored pens, markers and marked all over it, and now he really is impressed with the amount of work. I have just now become the Jason Bourne of dedication.

 

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Yay, me.  Off to the salt mines…

 

 

 

Wow… what a great idea … not so much

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FMN MSAlright. I began my experiment on printing up the manuscript to edit.

 

Who did this to me?

 

<banshee scream commences>

 

Okay, so it isn’t a bad idea. It’s a HORRIBLE idea. Try not to succumb to the off-beat suggestions that sound good … until you do it.

 

Granted, I am a paperback reader, not Kindle etc reader. But. Editing. In. This. Form. Sucks.

 

No. Just…no.

 

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Be the slasher. First.

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As I report the humor: I copy and pasted this from my website…and didn’t edit the formatting…
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       Okay then. Here are words of wisdom. I don’t recall who said this, but printing your novel is a good way to find plot holes. And other stuff.
       I am in the slash and dash portion of Forget Me Not (again). So today, I am printing the monster to read as a book, slashing (and making notes for my computer copy), making changes in red, blue, or whatever destructive item that fits my mitt.
       I’ve not done this before. I’ll let you know how it goes. Pretty sure this will suck.
      If you say, ‘Oh, argh, I have no printer…,’ put the MS on a thumb drive and take it to Kinko’s or your closest/favorite copy spot. Take the printed behemoth, put it in a MS box, and pretend you are an editor. Consider taking it to a coffee shop, tea room, library.
      The more you rewrite and edit, the happier you’ll be, and find a BETA group (not family or friends) to read as well. Why? They will find what you have not.
      If your hire a copyeditor, make certain your manuscript is ‘clean,’  as possible. Less turnaround time, because often, the copyeditor turns out to be a ghostwriter or has to rewrite your work.  An editor will not point out your wording, style. Only spelling and grammar. Once that editor takes your $1000 or more, and an agent accepts it, guess…what? They will want portions rewritten. Then a publishing house will want more edits. How rich are you to have it edited two more times?
      Avail yourselves of resources. Conferences. Read well-written books. I always recommend a great writer, Stephen King. He knows the craft. When to use short, long sentences, and when ‘unnecessary’ words are needed.
      Whatever you do, do not… do not… publish your first draft. Don’t hire a vanity press.
       Print that puppy, read a Stephen King, and even though the genre is not one I enjoy, I recommend pay close attention to his use of the English language. Then, slash and dash.
      Wish me luck on a new trial of wisdom passed down. Slasher status. Before the editor’s conference…
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Secs Sells …

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innocentMy works are not filled with sex scenes or erotica. On purpose. Yep, I know sex sells, but I would rather NOT sell at all than pander to the worldly view of voyeurism. Image, well maybe not that ‘cute,’ but you get the idea.

Passion is different. Fighting the battle of not falling into sex is a battle (a subplot) but the main plot is that which grabs. I have read good writing and must skip the erotic scenes because it’s simply a turn-off.

My main characters are flawed, angry, worldly, physically flawed, and emotionally damaged. Once they accept Christ, they backslide. Are we perfect? St. Paul bemoaned his imperfections. At the end of his life he says, ‘I fought the fight, I ran the race’ … what in heaven’s name could that possibly mean? It’s an easy thing to accept grace. It’s a battle to walk, even pray or read the Bible.

I read/write Christian suspense/romance. I want readers to know the plot and the subplot of walking the talk of faith, stumbling, battling the worldly enemy as well as the physical enemy. Asking for help understanding Scripture. It ‘is’ realistic. It is attainable in real life. Using sex to sell is an easy copout.

What do you think?

 

 

Interview… Tonight!

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Hi friends of the written word. And food. Etc.

I was invited for an interview regarding my (healthy) cookbook on an internet based radio show, one I’ve never been on.

PR is PR. Right? It is exposure, and I will be donating a portion of my proceeds to disabled vets.

The radio show is Republic News Radio 101 and you can tune in here: http://tunein.com/station/?StationId=287184

It begins at 9 PM EST and I will also be chit-chatting about my fiction, my website and how to purchase the cookbook.

Hope to see you there! Well, with internet vibes ….

Here is the link to my  website because I KNOW you’ll want the cookbook… http://cmahoneyfnp.wixsite.com/claireosullivan

Just click on the URL next to Fabulous Foods.  After Oct. 31, click on the book.. it’s confusing yes. I know.

 

 

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OH, the reviews … and my own level of impatience …

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white board My ability to paste what … I want … today, on WordPress is giving me a migraine. So, I share it here:

http://cmahoneyfnp.wixsite.com/claireosullivan See today’s blog on my web! Kristen Lamb Dale Amidei RD Roger D. Peterson and Brad Carl Books!

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