Writing Check In- June

11 Jun

One of my goals for this year was to write more. My husband had the suggestion of making a monthly feature to talk about my writing and how it’s going. They’re supposed to be the first Tuesday of the month, but life is screwy sometimes and I’m running a week late. My apologies to anyone who remembered better than I did.

I’ve been fairly successful at sticking to writing despite ramping up for my triathlon next month. I finished my round of editing which felt huge. I had to rush through the end to get it to an interested party the last time around so this time, I was going slowly through the end and tweaking it a bit.

I started reading Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy and I’m feeling less and less confident that it’s ready to share with an editor. There are some great suggestions for self-editing in this book and I think I may take another month or so to do a few of these things. One is making a scene list and seeing what the point of each scene is as well as who is speaking more, how long they are, and the pacing of them. The second is answering a series of questions about the motivation of a character. I think I need to do this for my female lead character, she doesn’t seem as strong as the male counterpart.

I hope I can finish the Dummies book before it’s due this weekend and I hope to pick up a few more tricks in the meantime. I don’t want to put off querying forever!

On that note, I got the Writers Digest guide on Literary Agents and small publishers and I’ve made a list of those who might represent my book. It’s a nice, long, intimidating GoogleDoc that’s ready for me to start populating when I begin querying. I know there are a few steps between editing and querying so I’ll have to write my summary and query letter soon as well. I’m strangely looking forward to this process.

Until next time, write on.

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6 Responses to “Writing Check In- June”

  1. Book Admirer June 12, 2019 at 11:40 AM #

    If there is one suggestion I would make is, don’t read the “how to” books on writing. While some can be helpful, if you start taking it word for word, it will make you doubt yourself and progress will come to a grinding halt. Speaking from experience. Everyone writes differently and has their own style. As long your basic grammar and punctuation is correct, send it off. Besides that is what the editor is for later on. 🙂


    • Sam June 12, 2019 at 12:11 PM #

      I think I’m lucky to have found one that doesn’t give detailed step-by-step instructions. It’s very clear about taking everything with a grain of salt and breaking the rules when you want to. I used some advice on looking at structure and found some places I could strengthen my character a lot, something I’ve been struggling to do. I never had any education on how books are structured and how to write so I’m enjoying getting some perspective!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. MrsDMVH June 12, 2019 at 12:12 PM #

    I really want to write a book myself, I may check the book out you mentioned in here!


    • Sam June 12, 2019 at 12:28 PM #

      Great! I’m sure there are others that are helpful, I’ve just had good luck with this series. Happy writing!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Rae Reads June 13, 2019 at 9:43 PM #

    You are making progress, friend! Congrats!


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