Editing Day

Yup. I’m going to be having a blast today. No, really, I love editing. I love taking a piece that was already good (I hope) and find all the things that make it weak. Removing makes the writing better, and shows a certain dedication to your work.

Everyone has their own way of editing, but I’m in the bandwagon of reading the entire piece out loud while making notes on the printed pages of where things need to be changed. Perhaps it’s because I’m a visual and kinetic learner that I find it more rewarding to make changes with a pen rather than simply deleting them off a Word document. That comes later.

I usually aim for about three very critical passes on a work before I make the changes in the document. For one, I don’t like wasting paper, and I do print quite a bit of work out for editing. The other reason is I think it kills a few birds with one stone to do it that way. 

Granted, if I add and new scene, or change something drastic it is going to take quite a few more edits before the voice of the piece flows well. All in good time, and it’s always a lot of fun!

Happy Reading, everyone.

 

Want to Be Successful? Beware of End-of-the-Rainbow Thinking

As always, this is a great post. I think Kristen points out quite a few things we writers tend to forget in favor of wanting to reach the end of the rainbow.

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Our culture has been infected with a disease of distortion, what I’m calling “End-of-the-Rainbow-Thinking.” We can all be guilty of this. We see the mega-best-selling-indie, the New York Times best-selling author, the successful small business, the guy with the big house or the family who lives debt-free and we scope-lock on the end result as if this “success” POOF! erupted from the ether.

Reality television superstars, fluke mega-advances for first-time authors, and lottery-winners only reinforce this Get-Successful-Quick-With-No-Effort-On-Our-Part mindset.

The Kardashian Konundrum

A couple days ago, I was checking out at the grocery store and there is an entire issue of a magazine devoted to Kim Kardashian. Why? What has she contributed other than fodder for the gossip mill? Yet, these are the role models that, whether we like it or not, can infect how we view ourselves, our goals and what we seek to accomplish.

We must be mindful to…

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I am officially applying for a Masters degree

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Kind of big news, don’t you think? I know I’ve been talking about applying for a while, but I haven’t exactly built up the courage to go a head and do it, but then I realized that it was something I wanted to try for regardless of the answer. 

The next step is I need a piece of writing that’s a maximum of 20 pages, so if everyone comments on which story of mine they think is the best I’ll consider that story for my submission piece. There will need to be hours of editing involved, but I thought it would be a good idea to see which pieces have the most impact on you as the reader.

Anyway, I’m working on editing another story today and figuring out some fine tuning I need to tweak in the first part of the story to have it flow better later on.

Happy Reading!!

It’s International Book Week! The rules: Grab the book closest to you, turn to page 52 and post the fifth sentence as your reply to this status. Don’t mention the title. Copy these instructions down as part of your status.

“One moment, Briony was giving patient instructions to Jackson, then she paused, and frowned, as if about to correct herself, and then she was gone.” –Ian McEwan

 

Happy Reading!!

P.S.  Yes, I’m still writing away. It’s more like scribbling, but the ideas are flowing! 

Writing Workshop Day

Hello Readers,

This is just to update you that my random side-note updates might come a bit more sporadically. I just found a 60 page-ish story that I started working on a few years back. Granted, my writing style has changed a great deal since then so it will need to be edited heavily. I was so overjoyed to find it, though. It’s like running into an old friend that you hadn’t seen for years. I thought it had gotten deleted when I got my new computer in college. Not all of my files were transferred from my old computer, and I assumed it was lost forever. 

Not the case!! So, I’m not sure if it’s a piece that I’ll put up here, or if I do it will probably appear in more of a chapter by chapter basis.

Until then, read some McCarthy (The Road, All the Pretty Horses), or The Help (by Kathryn Stockett), which I haven’t been able to put down since I started.

Happy Reading!

The Hazards of Being a Micromanager.

Let’s be honest.

I’m not a perfectionist about most things, but I can’t stand being late. That’s why I have at least three calendars that I use to micromanage my days. It’s worked well in the past. I check what I’m going to do the next day, plan everything accordingly, and try to get to bed so that I get at least six hours of sleep. Sounds like a good enough plan.

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Until it goes wrong.

Wrong as in being 45 minutes late to work on a day that we’re moving over to the new building. Late as in I didn’t get the chance to brush my hair or do any normal washing routine because I sprinted out of my apartment trying to get to the elevator so I could put my shoe on properly.

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Luckily, my fellow co-workers weren’t upset, and I’m grateful for that. It happens to everybody, but I can count on one hand the times it’s happened to me. It’s one of the things that I kind of take pride in. I’m always ten minutes early to everything. Or at least I try to be.

So, now I’m just spending my day off being frustrated at myself. Trying to ensure the other plans marked on my three calendars aren’t messed up as well.

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Yes. Yes I would.

Basically, I’m learning to take this slight mishap in stride. No one was worse for wear with me being late, and the world didn’t explode, but I guess this is just one more step towards showing me that try as I might to micromanage my time, it doesn’t always end up going the way I plan.

At least I can still micromanage the apartment….

I can’t be stopped. I’m a crazy micromanaging fiend.

But you’re still reading this aren’t you? So maybe we have something in common…

Happy Reading, everyone. I hope all your goals get achieved today, and you spend your day with some awesome people!

Check Out the TED Blog

Hi everyone.

I was reading another post from the TED Blog here on wordpress, and I realized that I should share it with you. I didn’t realize that TED had a blog until a short time ago, but I love a great deal of the things they post there. I’ve posted a few TED talks here on my blog, and I thought I’d give you the source. So, check them out. Learn something. Be amazed. I usually am.

Happy Reading.

P.S. If you have a favorite TED talk, which one is it? Or, what kind of topics would you like TED to talk about?

How Many Licks, um Books, Does It Take to Get to the Top of the Best-Seller List?

Good thoughts to those of us who need that push, and a bit of a reality check. Nice read.

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Most of us, especially when we’re new, want our first short story to be a major contest winner or our first novel to be a runaway success. That’s natural. Of course, this is not reality for us mere mortals.

Just like most of us never picked up a violin and magically busted out a flawless rendition of Flight of the Bumblebee, most of us won’t sit down and write a work that hits the New York Times best-seller list the first go round (or that sells a bazillion copies on Amazon, if you’re an indie).

Yeah, I was bummed, too.

Writing, like most other things, follows the Law of 10,000 Hours (Read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers for more). 10,000 hours of dedicated practice/work/study/training seems to be the magic number that separates the successful professional from everyone else.

Whether it is gymnastics, ballet, playing the ukelele, or writing, practice is key…

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Motivation Achieved Through Sore Muscles.

ImageIt may sound weird because I’m not a huge exercise fan, but finding out that I have high cholesterol at 22 can change some things for a person. Genetically speaking, it’s not too shocking because high cholesterol does run in my family, but I thought I’d be able to put off dealing with it for a while. Until I was 35 or something, but I guess not.

So instead of encouraging everyone to exercise their minds by reading today, I’m encouraging you to do something active. Make those muscles sore. You may feel like you’re dying right then, but you’ll feel better about yourself in the long run. Working out your body also helps to clear your mind. I’ve found that if I do something active during the day I’m more mentally productive at night.

It’s kind of the best of both worlds. Other than I’m a little low on sleep. That’s o.k., though. Naps are an awesome way to pass a sluggish afternoon.  

So, if you try this and find that this is the same for you let me know! I’d love to hear from you, or if you find working out to be something like this:

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Let me know! I’m really aiming for a discussion. Discussions are great; they get all the little brain cells working together towards the creation of awesome ideas!!!

Happy Adventuring!

Oh! We now have more than 75 followers!!! Hurray!!! Celebration time.

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Tell your friends. Tell your parents. Tell your dog. Have them check me out, and as always, have a great day.