Friday, April 12, 2013

Every day

I write every day.  One would think it would be easy, without a day job to go to, but you'd be surprised.  I honestly don't see how people with jobs, or kids at home do it.  But I know they're out there.  My hat's off to them.  Kudos.

Personally, I'm more of a functioning human in the early hours of the day, so I wake up at 5:30, catch up on my social networking stuff while I have coffee and plan my day.  Then I spend an hour or two getting everybody up and out of the house, so I can work.

Obviously, some days are better than others.  Lots of times I sit and re-read what I've written, knowing it's horrible, yet having no idea what to do to fix it.  That's when I go back to basics.  I utilize the correction functions on Word, as annoying as they are.  If it's underlined in green, I find a different way to say it, until the green squiggly is gone.  Then I start looking for passive voice sentences, and extraneous "thats".  I check out my adverb usage, see if I can re-write the scene without any and still be descriptive.  Then, because I can't do anything the easy way, if I still think the scene sucks after doing those things, I'll cut the whole thing and re-write it completely, maybe changing the POV, or setting, or something major.  Then I compare the two scenes and keep the better one, and MOVE ON.

If I get bogged down in one thing for too long, I forget my purpose and lose my momentum.  If I lose momentum, I lose my mojo.  If I lose my mojo, I'm screwed.

So, I write every day.  I honestly don't know what I'm going to do when the kids are out of school for the summer.  I'm going to have to think of some kind of reward system for them if they leave me alone in the mornings so I can work.  We'll probably be spending lots of afternoons at the YMCA pool, their hands-down favorite place in the world to be.  But only if I get to work in the morning...

Meanwhile, I've got to come up with content for this blog.  I can't write a post everyday.  That would cut into my writing/revising/critiquing time.  So, anybody out there have a book they need promoting?  Any cover reveals?  Anybody want to do an author interview?  Shoot me an email, and we can work something out.

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