Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Motivation & Editing Cold

Okay, so I'm hoping I'm working on the future. Today I started the final edit process on To Save A Lady. My goal is to be completely finished by the end of this week if not sooner. I cannot say enough good things about editing a manuscript cold. Many times in the rush to meet deadlines and get books published, there is no opportunity to edit cold.

I always try to work a "cold storage" period in. Right now, I have a manuscript in "cold storage" while I'm working on this one.  With this manuscript, I actually got it back from a copy editor three months ago. The ways things played out, I am just now getting to it and I have to say I'm happy about that. I have had the manuscript edited twice by professionals, so mainly I'm dealing with small stuff. A little change in the wording or dialogue. Deleting a sentence or making a paragraph shorter. Overall, making the book better than it is.

All the changes are things I felt needed to be done as I've been reading it today with no emotional connection. I'm always emotionally connected to a story while I'm writing it and as I finish it. I don't think you should try to edit a story while you are emotionally connected to it because that limits your ability to see what revisions need to be done. 

Joe Konrath advises putting aside a manuscript for two weeks if possible. I think that is great advice and if you can wait a month, that is even better! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Staggering Back to the Blog

I have let the blog slide for the past few months. Actually, life has been pretty busy for me, and in a good way most of the time. I went to Texas to visit my son and family. They are all great I'm happy to say. Twins are cute as ever.

After returning home and recuperating from a respiratory virus that I'm sure I caught on the jet (Did I mention I hate the Houston airport?), I left my full-time job. No tears were shed there! I still work a few hours a week. Yet, I feel like a bird that had found a way to open the cage door. The words, free at last, took on new meaning! LOL!! 

What can I say but that the past two months have been great but I have actually worked harder than ever. I spent June and July writing a new contemporary romance, which is the first book in my Lafayette Falls series. Right now, it is what I call cold storage. I always like to let a book get cold before I start editing it.

I also have my historical romance, To Save A Lady, finished at long last. I loved writing it as it has always been one of those stories that I just wanted to tell. Now, I can't wait to write the second book in this series. I'm hoping to have it available by November.

Fall is near and that is my favorite time of year. Have a couple of little day trips planned while the weather is nice. What do you plan to do this fall? 

Have a great day! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday's Get Motivated: Featuring Guest Author CC Mackenzie

My secret dream was to write a romance - a good romance, a great romance. When I think of the years I secretly wrote little romance stories and hoarded them in boxes and fiddled around with them, I could weep. I couldn't stop making up stories and tales and fantasies. And that is what a writer does. You can't stop writing. And I think that's the key point.

Three years ago I had a mastectomy. Sounds horrible. And it was. BUT I lost the fear of failure and went for it and wrote from the heart, dug down deep and, thank you God, connected with readers.

I doubt I'll ever reach dizzy heights, but that's okay because readers got the stories.

Readers will get you, too. So, just keep on going. Take a breath and write what you want to read and cannot find.

And one by one your readers will find you. Do not hold back  Forget what editors and publishers ever told you and follow your heart.

This whole business is so overwhelming, but at the end of the day, readers want more stories that they love.

CC MACKENZIE is the author of three completed contemporary romances due out this year. Reckless Nights in Rome, A Stormy Spring.  Run Rosie Run is due out before the end of 2012.  She released a vampire romance novella Big Trouble in China  in September 2012 the first of three in a series.  Capturing Coco’s Heart another contemporary romance  is out in early 2013.

A born storyteller, she creates a fast paced blend of humour, poignancy and a deep sensual warmth that speaks directly to her readers. The eldest of two children, Christine lives in South Cheshire, United Kingdom. She has two daughters and one son.
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