Monday, August 22, 2011

It's Been Too Long & More

Before we start, I wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone for your support when I posted about being in a slump. It was a great kindness and a help.


Speaking of the slump (oh, transitions), I'm thinking I was away from other writers (in person) for too long. I haven't gone to the Monday night meeting in a few months, nor have I made it to one of the Tuesday night Write Brains run by Pikes Peak Writers. Plus, the Pen Women take a break during the summer, so none of that either. I know that gathering with other like-minded individuals has been a great inspiration to me in the last year, so not having had that probably didn't help.

However, Friday I had a lovely lunch at the Blue Sage Cafe (yummy, for those in Colorado Springs!) with several women from the Pen Women. It was wonderful! A couple hours chatting with other writers (and artists) put me in a good mood and inspired me to jump back in, as these are all published writers.

On top of that, Thursday evening I received my critique back from the RMFW writing contest I was depressed about. The critiques were very pleasant and positive, and some things were pointed out to me that I think will be a great help. They had questions on a couple things, which made me realize I hadn't spelled some circumstances out as much as they probably needed. I now have an additional plan of attack for when I begin editing again today.

This critique cost extra beyond the entry fee for the contest, but I feel it was well worth it. If given that option in a future contest, I will most likely take it again. If you're ever waffling on a critique fee, I highly recommend you go for it, especially if you have your own questions on the manuscript. Despite the fact that it was a critique, I felt a lot more positive after having read it through. It opened my eyes to why it wasn't a finalist, and that was a big help.

I wanted to pass along something from the form letter on the front of the manuscript/critique return: "Keep in mind: writing is in the rewriting. Never give up."

The same evening I received a notification that Literary Agent, Rachelle Gardner had written a blog post entitled Writing and Rewriting. The John Irving quote at the very beginning: "More than half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn’t say I have a talent that’s special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina."

Well, if that isn't message enough that it's time to get back to editing and rewrites, I don't know what is! Sometimes you just need a really massive arrow to point the way forward.


Or, when we're talking about writing, editing and rewriting, the arrows probably look a little more like this:


Before I wrap this up, I wanted to send out a quick reminder to anyone interested in Rachel Harrie's Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign. Today is day one, so hop on over and sign up! Signups close at the end of the month.

May you find your Muse!

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're feeling better. Writing is definitely rewriting. Again, again, and again.

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  2. Pleased you are feeling better,

    Take care.
    Yvonne.

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  3. Glad to hear you're feeling better.
    www.rebeccabany.com

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  4. Smiles and hugs to you! Glad you're doing better. I'm feeling a major burnout coming on.

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  5. I joined a local writers' group and while I'm the only member who actively working toward publication, I still leave each meeting feeling re-energized. Makes me wish we met more than just once a month.

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  6. Very true about the rewriting. Although I've found that I often rewrite while doing my first draft as well, so that my first go through and subsequent revisions are beginning to blur together.

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  7. So glad you're feeling better. I love the Irving quote, that's perfect. :)

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  8. Carol, and again!

    Yvonne, thank you!

    Rebecca, thanks!

    Shelly, aw, I hope it leads to positive. I think we all need a burnout/slump here and there .

    M.J., yes, I definitely feel energized after a meeting. Glad you found a writers group!

    Mark, so far I have been able to stick to not changing anything on my first writing. I note the possible change down in my notebook, though, so I can hit it when I go back.

    Julie, it was perfect timing for that quote.

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  9. Hello! Another campaigner popping by to join your blog :o)

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  10. Hi! I'm in your campaign group for Dystopias. Lovely to meet you! Let's create havoc!

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  11. Hi a fellow campaigner here, nice to have met you!
    - andrea

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  12. Amanda, thanks for coming by!

    Jen, the best kind of havoc!

    Andrea, nice to meet you!

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  13. Egad! I write and hit backspace, write and hit backspace. *sob* Once in a while I hit pure gold! Those times are absolutely SWEET! :-)

    Glad you are outta the ol' slump. Love that quote and the arrows. Though my arrows probably look messier. :-)

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  14. Robyn, haha, well yes, I'm betting my actual arrows would be all over the place. But these ones are so neat and green and calming. I'm going to cling to them!

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