Posted at 9:00 am
This year is getting away from me, and somehow despite that I’m always keenly aware of April. My year does not run January to December, it runs April to April – the closing and beginning of new cycles. There are days quickly approaching that I count down to all year, caught in pointless thoughts and memories that I couldn’t let go of even if I wanted to.
There’s already so much about to happen in the next 30 days, and here I am adding more. But this is my year. That’s something I’ve been promising myself since 12:01am January 1st. 2014 I was broken. 2015 I was a little less broken. 2016 I recovered. 2017 is where I’m going to discover a new me.
So here’s to the new year, still rotating around the days that have shaped me the most – the ones that happened to me and the ones that I make happen.
Let’s write. ❤
Posted at 2:41 pm
So… You’ve just written the first draft of a new novel. Kudos. You’ve slaved and sweated and cried and bled for those pages. You’ve spent hours divining the perfect word, splicing Greek terms together to make your own, editing, reediting, deleting, creating again. You’re excited, proud, and bloody exhausted.
But your work has just begun. Now begins the grueling stint of refining and finalizing. Before you begin pouring back over those pages though, stop and Google your title and any words you may have created. Names make a huge impact on the rest of the story, but you don’t want to get your manuscript to an editor’s desk only to have it rejected because you’ve used a copyrighted term. Now is the time to discover if you need to edit a character around a new name, not after you’re half way through revision. Google the title of your novel right now. Go on, I’ll wait… No, now click on page 2. … Uh-huh, now 3. Yes, and 4. Okay, that should be good, but feel free to look further. If you found anything similar or anything that made you go “Ugh!” then it’s time for more word splicing.