Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dusting and Learning

My laptop sighed with relief last week as I shifted my focus away from its shiny, worn keys and dusted. I know - crazy! I actually dusted my house! Well, most of it. I'm still working my way from room to room. But I had to take a break from the writing and the agonizing.

You see, I had been torturing myself over my non-release of The Chapel on the 21st. I was disappointed. And maybe a little sad. But I knew it was for the best. So I did something different for a few days, and when I wasn't dusting, I read some new books.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into PrintI started with Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King. I enjoyed the many examples in the book, and I used my blue highlighter to mark helpful tips that I plan to use while editing this week. There are many blue pages in my book now, and it was hard to resist the urge to start editing immediately, but I stayed strong and kept reading.

Revision And Self-Editing (Write Great Fiction)Once I finished that book, I moved right into Revision And Self-Editing (Write Great Fiction) by James Scott Bell. I'm currently in Chapter 2 about Characters, and I must say I am learning from this book as well. One thing in particular that I like is that Bell goes beyond simple editing and suggests life-long learning techniques. And above all, keep writing.

Starting tomorrow, I will compile my notes and write my plan for the month of July. It's going to be big. Epic. And hard work. I am ready.


  1. Come dust my house next! I'll edit while you're cleaning :)

  2. Ha! Maybe we'll have to try that sometime Terry!