Where Have I Been, You Ask?Posted: May 20, 2018
Right here, at my desk, madly editing. That’s #amediting for all you techno-tweeters out there. Yes, for over a year I’ve been focused on editing and revising this stinky old Contemporary/Romantic/Intrigue/Suspense (just what IS the darn thing?!?) originally drafted during 2009 NaNoWriMo. I started 2017 planning to get the thing edited and submitted to first readers by the middle of the year. Then I wanted to start sending it out to potential agents at the beginning of 2018. Ah, the best laid plans….
Actually, I’ve done pretty well. My first readers got the manuscript last fall and I recently started sending queries to agents. But my gawd! The editing! Will it ever END? The document I’ve been working on has been labeled “FINAL” for MONTHS!
And then I saw this on the interwebs:
That’s when I stepped away from the editing and really got down to the querying. I’ve got the book all nicely wrapped up in a pretty gold ribbon, waiting to be sent out into the world. And I’m turning my attention to my NEXT book, to begin the process all over again.
Yes, the new book has already been drafted, but happily, it’s not a first draft. But there’s more editing/rewriting in my future. A lot more. There’s that Thomas Edison quote about genius being 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. I’m not claiming any sort of genius over here, but I think that any creative process has a spark of genius in it. That ability to take something in one’s brain and convert it to something others might be able to feel and/or experience is pretty darn close to being a miracle. So maybe that Edison quote can be paraphrased to reflect the writing process.
In the meantime….