I said to my critique partner this morning, The whole project is stinky it stinks it’s just nothing no hope. She read chapter 13 and said, But it’s so good so funny Molly is so funny it’s not stinky. I said, Yes, the first part of chapter 13 and the last part of chapter … Continue reading Why I Still Go to Critique Group and Can’t Afford to Stop
If you haven't read the preceding post, "Disregard 15 Pages," please do so before reading on. That post isn't very long, but if you read it first, you'll get more out of this very short one. * So finally, after revising and revising and revising, you give in, and give up, and stop, because you … Continue reading Then the Real Critics Come In . . .
You know how even when you know what you've written isn't as good as it ought to be, you think you've gone as far as you can go with it, but you also know you haven't, and your deadline is tomorrow, about 18 months after your original deadline, so you give it one more going-over, … Continue reading Disregard 15 Pages . . .
Writing is a lonely pursuit, and reading it aloud transformed it into an interactive experience It also brought the text to life. When Anne read her material to Meg she picked up the difficulties and polished them out so that the writing flowed more smoothly. Occasionally, there were a few ruffled feathers and a … Continue reading R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge
A sentence I found while revising my latest manuscript: I ran to the house and collapsed on tubsided. I have no idea.
In the previous episode, Kaye George, author of the Immy Duckworthy, PI mystery series, had just suggested members of Austin Mystery Writers publish an anthology of short stories. Her proposal sent me into paroxysms of insecurity and doubt: could I write two stories of acceptable quality in the time allotted? Or would I embarrass myself … Continue reading Talking Turkey and Cooking Goose
I owe A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) another Wednesday check-in. Fortunately, I finally have something significant to report. My original goals were to sleep (get to bed before midnight, I believe); eat well (get off the white stuff, processed foods, added salt, sweeteners); and show up at critique meetings with something to … Continue reading ROW80, AMW, Dorothy, & Tallulah
I received a phone call last week from Lucia Zimmitti, an editor who spoke at the Texas Trail Writers Roundup this spring. In mid-July, I'd sent her the first five pages of my manuscript. She reported that she'd read them and that they're ready for query. She said she believes agents who read them will … Continue reading Move over, Cyd Charisse
I said to my critique partner this morning, The whole project is stinky it stinks it's just nothing no hope. She read chapter 13 and said, But it's so good so funny Molly is so funny it's not stinky. I said, Yes, the first part of chapter 13 and the last part of chapter 13 … Continue reading Retread: Why I go to critique group
In the previous post, I wrote a paean to myself in honor of receiving a positive critique in a recent manuscript contest. I was shameless. Because the judge wrote Fannie Flagg twice on the score sheet, I used the name five times in my anthem. I was moved to lavish self-aggrandizement by memory of my … Continue reading Humility check
...is that you can fix them. This morning, while reading through the previous post, I noticed several phrases I didn't like. If I'd let the piece sit for a few days, I might have discarded them instead of allowing them to become public. No matter. With a click of the Edit Post button, I deleted … Continue reading The best thing about blogs
Okay. Enough of this sweetness-and-light, writing-is-my-life, revising-is-a-glorious-process, retreats-are-so-inspiring, the-daily-miracle-will-come baloney. Writing stinks. Last night, no matter how hard I tried to make the technician at the other end of the line understand that the problem was caused by a short in the ground wire on the keyboard, and was surely related to the March 30 … Continue reading An Ever-widening Wilderness
The Just for the Hell of It Writers leave tomorrow morning for the Texas Mountain Trail Writers 19th Annual Writing Round-up. We'll stay two nights at Paisano Baptist Encampment near Alpine, where the retreat will be held. Then we'll stay another night in Alpine and head home Monday morning. I'll save the program for a … Continue reading Tea gowns and white linen
I ended an earlier post with the sentence, "There's a hole I have to write myself out of." Parse that and you'll find it equal parts wish, bravado, pretense, and humbug. I had no idea how to write myself out of that hole. I thought I'd have to scrap "A Day in the Life of … Continue reading Letting the miracle happen
"SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): No one can argue with your powers of conversation. You make language dance. Insightful without being overbearing, you're a joy to be around. And you are about to meet your match." ~ Holiday Mathis, "Horoscopes," American Statesman [Austin, TX] 6 Jan. 2010, final ed. : D2. Ha! My horoscope is … Continue reading Start with the headline…dear