Tuesday, June 30, 2009

WHAT TO DO TODAY? A writer 9 to 5

I called and changed my reservation for 2 night for the Athens Conference just now. What to do with my day? Let me first record how I spent the last three weeks regarding THE JUDGING. Adonai (BBHN) introduced me to a wonderful aspiring author named Suzanne H. who taught me so much in one or two emails. I learned from her about common mistakes new writer's make--and I had made 10 out of 10 of them at least once. She also taught me about overused words such as SUDDENLY, SEEMED/SEEMS, and wasted words like 'he/she thought'. She valiantly critiqued my Prologue FOR FREE before I knew that she did it for a living. What a huge blessing because I had no money until July 1st. Side bar: I intend to PAY her to critique a bit of DAMASCUS ROAD for me. She is really super and I learned a TON from that critique she did. With the knowledge I acquired from Suzanne, three weeks ago I began WORD WHACKING on THE JUDGING. For the record, the original document is 178,000 words. Remember, I did not know the ins-and-outs of writing a first novel then... I had already whacked it instinctively months ago and got it down to 149,000 words. So three weeks ago, I began to WHACK the manuscript to whip it into 110,000 max. I worked at it steadily and with real zeal, having a great time in the process. My main offenders were: PASSIVE VOICE, and MIXING MY POVs. At the end of the 3 weeks, THE JUDGING was down to a little less than 113,000 words. For now, I am satisfied with that number. It is likely that I could cut a little more if I need to, but for now, it stays like it is. So when that was done, I wondered what to do next? answer: PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE. So I promoted. On FaceBook I began a group for THE JUDGING. Let's see if I can insert a LINK here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=96952574559&ref=nf Ane then I started this blog today for it. I also opened a MYSPACE page to have THE JUDGING there too. I'll see if I can find a link (I am new to this blogging thing remember...) http://www.myspace.com/484635835 Not much on MYSPACE yet. THat is difficult for me to figure out. It will take some time when I am able to chill. So today--I am about to work on THE JUDGING sequel DAMASCUS ROAD. It was 191,000 words believe it or not before I started WHACKING IT. Now it is 142,000 before my more knowledgable edit, which I am beginning now. So I am off to write. God bless you all and BOKER TOV (have a good day)!

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