Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The book I'm most thankful for...

The book I'm most thankful for is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  Sure I'd read other books before then, but Jane Eyre was required reading in high school at a particularly crappy point in my life.  I'd stopped reading for fun and was just going through the motions for school.  Jane Eyre was the first book that I had to read that I decided was worth reading.  I've read it several times since then and it never fails to disappoint. Now, whenever I'm in a funk, I find a good book. 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Give me a few days...

And a bit of inspiration and I'll give you a complete ms.  Been doing tons of work on the ms.  Got almost all of the bugs worked out and now I'm letting it sit for a few days so I can do another pass, hopefully get it polished and ready for my betas. 

It's funny how everything just clicks into place.  I sent one of my readers an email letting her know how the ms was progressing and what changes I was still making and wow!  Something clicked in my brain and I knew exactly what I needed to do to get from point A to point B.  Then I did a mad dash to get all my ideas down on paper before they disappeared into the...well, wherever it is that ideas go.  Inserting notes into my ms where I know I need a fix seems to work best for me.  (I always bracket them and put them in a different color so that they are easy to spot and can be found via search. Does anyone else do this?)  Then I print out the doc (poor trees) and go through to make all the corrections.   Now that I've gotten the bulk of the edits under my belt, I feel so much more relaxed.  I don't even feel bad about erasing a few characters.  Hopefully, it's a better ms for it.

How do you edit?  Every had an epiphany that solved your editing problems?