Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rainy Days, Reviews & Revisions

I'm in full on revision mode. This book was a lot of fun to write and finish, but now the real work begins. Everyone has their own process and mine is that I have to write the story to figure out the story. Weird, I know, but I've learned to embrace this process and own it. I am writing cleaner first draft now, but much of what I throw down on the page is like an outline with complete sentences. Revision is taking the big picture, cracking it apart, restructuring pieces, omitting pieces, and building new pieces to create a stronger picture.

Revision is hard work. And it doesn't brook interruptions well. I'm eager to get the first half of the story nailed down. That means a little lighter blogging schedule and whole lot more writing real stories.

Meanwhile, life is busy. And it's rainy. We've had three days of rain and colder weather blow through Northern Alabama. This means football season, dressing in fun clothes, and tucking under blankets to read. I also kept up with the other blogs I'm contributing to during this month.

You can read about my adventures with going blonde on the Petit Fours & Hot Tamales Blog here. And if you want to know my take on suffering and how to respond to it, head over to the Romance Magicians and read about it here. Stay and play awhile. My sister bloggers have great blogs, too.

Monday was a super rainy and blustery day. The teen and I stayed home and read all day. I read Kerrelyn Sparks THE VAMPIRE AND THE VIRGIN from start to finish. It was a great, fun read and just the pick up I needed. I think you'll enjoy her books and her fun family of Vampires. Check her website out here. Right now I am reading Lexi George's book DEMON HUNTING IN DIXIE. Her characters are colorful, well-drawn out, and down right sizzling. Great book and great debut author. You can read about Lexi George's first time publication adventures on my Celebration blog here.

This week I have not written as much as I would like, but I have taken care of a teen, run the household by myself, taken the car into the dealership to replace the battery at Woody Andersen Ford, and continued taking care of myself. I've also emailed good friends, talked to my darling hubby via Skype and caught up with my dear sister friend via Skype as well. The time differences mean stopping my writing to talk, but sometimes real people are more important than fictional people.

I'm taking a break till next week Monday so I can get my revisions rolling. Plus I have a darling husband to welcome home after a long business trip so I'll want to spend time with him, too. So I'll see you next week.

Have a great writing week!!


Anne Gallagher said...

Have a great revising week. I know how you feel. So much work, not enough time.

It's still raining here. Makes me want to curl up beside a fireplace. (I don't have a fireplace.)

Christine said...

Hi Anne: I know. This weather doesn't motivate me at all. I just want to hide under blankets and read my books. Write? meh. This is where the worker bee really has to struggle to work :-)

Robin said...

Happy revising, Christine! I'm in deep revision mode right now too. It took me awhile to figure out how important revising is, but I feel like I'm finally getting the process right. Have a good week!

Christine said...

Hi Robin: I know what you mean. My first two novels were "copy edited." Not revised LOL. I know what it is now and it is a monster, but fun in a way.

Good luck with your revisions!


Aguilar Elliot said...

writing is rewriting...unfortunately.

Christine said...

Agilar: You are so right. Ughishness doesn't even begin to describe this particular revision. I KNOW it will work out, but right now the mind bog is not filled with much more than muck and yuck.

I just tug strings a bit at a time.


Lexi said...

Thanks for the plug. ;-) You are a good friend!

Christine said...

Hey Lexi: The book is fantastic. I can't put it down. But I have to because I'm revising. I'm almost done the first one in the series. Love the funeral home scene!! So funny.


Katherine Bone said...

You'll get this finished in no time at all! Keep at it!

Patricia Preston said...

I started out doing revisions on a novella and well now it's already 55K words and growing...

Christine said...

Thanks Kathy. One word at at time!

Hi Patricia: wow, that's great that you got a novel out of a novella. I need to steal some of the words.