The Crow, The Crow

Okay, so I know there must be a dozen ways that I have made the same dumb mistakes but I always do it again and again.  I thought, right on this book is ready to go I have the message that I want in it.  I thought this story is right on.  Then I handed it out to some friends and their words busted my bubble.  I had some doubts but I never trust what I think so I wanted some second opinions.  I should have listened to that little voice; I wasn’t wrong.  It needed work.

I have a good concept, I created a solid world but I let the story drift to far out.  Now I’m tightening it up and paring it down.  In this process I visited one of my favorite haunts, Barnes & Nobel,  and for those of you who may stumble across this little unknown blog I have two wonderful recommendations for a situation such as mine or for those of you who don’t want to get there in the first place.  The books are:  Your First Novel by Ann Rittenburg and Laura Whitcomb and Self Editing for Fiction Writer’s by Renni Brownie and Dave King.  I highly recommend the second it not only has checklists it has practice assignments for those of you who work best inside that sort of framework.  I personally can’t live without my lists. 

Well I hope you have had a few chuckles at my folly and learned something along the way.  I know I did.  Till next time keep writing and keep dreaming.

Published in: on April 8, 2008 at 4:47 am  Comments (1)  
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