I wasn’t sure if I should blog this week, because it has been one wacky week full of crazy teachers (not any of my teachers, but still - a whole long story), strange men who give out their email addresses (I don’t even want to begin with that one), sick little guys (thank goodness for indoor plumbing! Love it!), plus the whole awful earthquake in Haiti (my heart goes out to them - if you can, please donate to relief efforts - Check out Nathan Bransford's blog for a good resouce). (Or find a place near you that is taking donations. But only those you trust.)
There is one shiny light at the end of the tunnel (or should I say week?). I am almost done with my first draft!!!! Yes! Hooray! Doing funky dance. I just have to piece a chunk of story with another chunk of story, and I’m done.
But I’m not really done. Many people think that just because you finish writing a first draft of a story it is ready to query.
Don’t do it my friend! Not yet.
After you finish your story, you have to tuck it away for a few days, pull it out, and reread, revise, reread, revise.
Yes, this is what we writers do after we squeeze all the blood we can get out of that turnip – then we make pumpkin pie with it (it’s not easy making pumpkin pie from a turnip, but I’m trying).
Have the piece critiqued, maybe add a few beta-readers (or alpha-readers, whatever you like to call them), and then ….
Hopefully by that point the piece is ready to go. Not an easy task, but well worth the work.
Any other suggestions I’m forgetting? Maybe a trip to the therapist to discuss trying to make pumpkin pie from a turnip?