Sunday, August 21, 2011

This And That...

Well, I had a scheduled post ready for today and ended up deleting it. Sometimes my soap box rants can irritate people, so I just let it go.

For those of you who are curious it was about sex in the fantasy genre. Not sexual fantasy, mind you. Just plain old epic, dungeons and dragons, Lord of the Rings style fantasy. I don't like it.

But on that note, I'll just gloss over it and move on. I've been revising, revising, revising! I'm getting there and now I have to change my word count status as well as book title over in my sidebar.

I used to absolutely HATE editing and revising. I still sort of do, but I realize more than ever now just how important it is. I mean, I am looking back on stuff I have written with new eyes and realizing... Wow, I left out a lot of detail just to get the main meat of the story down.

So am I having a change of heart over editing and revising? Eh, sort of. It is still redundant, it still irritates me because I want it done and over with right NOW! but I know that won't happen.

Writing is hard work. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You have to be dedicated to your craft if you want your story to sell. Yes, I know, people all over the blogosphere have said those very words over and over again and now I am repeating them.

Writing every day still is not possible for me, but when I do sit down and write, I get on a roll and end up writing every day even if it is only ten words. I had gotten to the point, before surgery, where I was writing while making dinner. Especially if I had to set the timer. That was awesome!

So I will be changing my little status bar over on the right side of my blog. I have also removed the word verification for comments. I hope to catch any and all spam, but who knows. I want more comments, I know how busy people are when reading blogs and a verification just slows everyone down. Including myself when I read other blogs.

Hope you have all had a safe, fun weekend and have a super week. Don't forget: Tomorrow is my review of Elf Killers along with a giveaway of the book! One comment on the review page is your one entry into the drawing. Multiple comments does not mean multiple entries. Sorry. Just trying to make it simple and fair!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's how I write - bare bones. I go back over it after I'm done and realize it needs so much more detail.
You can do it, Mel!

Vampyre Gurls Book Club Blog said...

I cant wait to see your signature :)
I just learned how to do a scrolling blog button marquee where u can still click on the button and link to that blog.
I had to center almost EVERY button but it was worth it :)

I have Elf Killers on my TBR&R list. It looks really gr8 & she is a sweet lady. I am siked to have her (and Toms too) book in my TBR.

Time to bathe my pup and walk her too. I will have at least 2 cats following us down the sidewalk (my our walk..I luv my kitties..

Have a gr8 Sunday :)

Jamie Gibbs said...

I'm kind of counter productive in my writing in that I tend to obsess about the details right of the bat rather than get the main story down first. I'm thinking of trying a new approach where I start off with a simple sentence to sum up the entire story, then expand that into 2 sentences and then to 4 etc. until I've got my full thing. Crazy? Possibly.

Mel Chesley said...

You know Jamie, I used to be the same way. Want to know what broke me of that habit? Participating in NaNoWriMo! lol! You have a month to write as much as you can and your goal is 50,000 words... there is no time to worry about the details, just get that story written!
But whatever works for you. Good luck!

Donna Hosie said...

Good luck with the revising - and I love your words under "leave your comment", lol. Spambots be afraid, very afraid!