Week End (sing it)!
I’ve barely been able to catch a breath this week. I have all these ideas, thoughts, and plans floating around my head and nary a moment to execute.
I need about 4 more hours of sleep a day and another 4-6 hours in order to implement my plans for world domination.
I received great feedback from the editor I hired. She called my manuscript a ‘page-turner’ (squee!) and well plotted. My tired brain grew three sizes too big. That didn’t mean there weren’t edits to be done. After the elebnty-billionth time of reading the story, it’s safe to say I’m blind as a bat when it comes to my prose.
I set out to tell a story. I needed to get the skeletal structure of the story in place, add sinew and tendon, and pad it in the right places with fat. My punctuation? Not so perfect. And, I have a small repetition habit. That’s why I went the step of hiring an editor.
I’ve learned so much in the creation of this manuscript (I have 2 more to go in the series). Here are a few lessons I’ve learned:
- to create a compelling story arc with good pacing
- make my dialogue realistic without getting bogged down in the weeds of mundanity
- making sure each character has a distinct voice and identity
- trust my instincts
The best lesson learned is simply I can write a good story.