Not Editing Your Book is Like Wrapping Gifts With A Kitten, Just Don’t Do It!

Hey everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I have been super busy! Not enough hours in the day, you know?

What has been taking up the majority of my time, is editing my novel, The Immortal Curse! Yayyyy! Yippeeee! Good times!..right?

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No.

Editing…The bane of my existence. But it must be done!

Like most writers, the most fun part of writing is being creative, coming up with new things, and going with the flow. Follow those magical nature leaves like Pocahontas does! Alright, maybe I’m getting a little carried away. I digress.

Most people believe that finishing the novel is the hardest part. Once you get it out on paper then its smooth sailing! But that is wrong. Sorry to pop your fantasy bubble. Writing the novel is the easy part. That’s the fun part! Once you type ‘The End’ you do a little dance around the house. If you have never danced around your house after finishing a novel, I strongly suggest you do so, seeing as how editing sucks all the life force out of you. If there is anything I have learned finishing my 4th novel, it’s you have got to edit before seeking representation.

If you send in your novel, hot off the presses, it will show. You have to make it as squeaky clean as possible, especially if you aren’t previously published. You want to show your very best work, and prove that you’re in it for the long hall!

Sometimes I’m feeling sentimental, so I pull out my first novel The Whillor Legends and decide to enjoy a little read through down memory lane. It makes me cringe…despite me being 16 when I wrote it, I have never edited. I sent it out that way…I. Cant. Believe. It.

I’m very glad no one picked me up for representation with that book because the only people who would be interested in it, would probably be scamming me.

The Termination, my last book before this one, I edited. I got some agent bites too, which made me feel like I could touch the sky. Great Agents like Catherine Drayton and Kristin Nelson! And another agent, who shall remain nameless, because they requested a full and I never heard from them again. I’m a bit bitter…but that’s another story for another time!

In conclusion, take it from me. Spending the extra time to run through your whole book a few times is boring, but will be worth it in the end. Anything worth having, is worth working for!

Now I must return to editing…

Cheers- 

Missy

Beneficial Procrastination

Happy New Year!

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I hope everyone had a great time during the past week of holiday cheer. I know I sure did!

As you all know, this is the time where people make New Year’s resolutions. Where they make a promise to themselves to meet a goal or better themselves. I’ve done it a few times….and lasted all of two weeks. New record. By two weeks.

This year my resolution is to be better at procrastinating. No, not better doing it more but being smarter about it.

Lets face it, most of the artistic people in my life have one quality trait in common and that’s procrastination. We’re masters at it. I am quite skilled in the way of procrastination myself. But it’s not always a bad thing! If you’re trying to write a book, sometimes you need to step away and let your brain wonder on other things. It gives yourself a break, a chance to refresh your creative juices, and to rethink the direction you’re going. Trying to sit down and hammer out an entire novel without giving your brain a chance to reset can result in a story that sounds forced and dry.

Of course too much of anything can be bad, but I believe you can use procrastination in a beneficial way. The following tips are going to be my top three ways of being a beneficial procrastinator while trying to finish your novel. You’re going to see a common theme among these tips, see if you can spot it.

     1. Create a soundtrack

This is something I love to do. Listen and explore all sorts of music. Find out what sounds like your book. What’s the tone? Is the song dark and you’re writing a thriller? Do the words express the same emotions your characters are feeling in a particular chapter? This is always really fun to put together, then to play while writing. I find if I’ve taken a long break from writing my book, listening to the playlist I created helps me jump back in where I left off.

     2. Pictures

Search for pictures that remind you of your world you are creating. Is there a carnival scene and a picture of a Ferris wheel that you think reflects the one in your head? Are you writing a fantasy and there’s a picture of a particularly cool looking house that would fit your world? By doing this, it really helps you visualize and make your book seem more real. Maybe you find a picture that fits your book but there isn’t a specific thing it represents, that’s totally fine! Books start off as abstract ideas anyway. It will still help you get a feel for things.

     3. Cast your ‘movie’

This is my favorite form of beneficial procrastination. Pretend your book was picked up by a company like Warner Brothers or Lionsgate. It’s going to be a movie and you get to cast every character in your book and no actor would turn it down. Who are your favorite actors? Who do you think would do your characters justice? Who fits your characters physically?

So those are my top three ways of being a beneficial procrastinator. Did you catch the theme? Stay thinking about your story! Keep it running through your brain in someway. It will help so much when you’re stuck with writers block.

So the next time you open up a window to stare blankly at Facebook, try opting for one of these options. Your story will thank you.

 

Missy