One week in, and I’m happy to report I’m feeling great. What’s more, I had a good second half of the week. I spent two days deep editing INTO THE DARK, utilizing some advice given to me from some great friends and critique partners (Catie Rhodes, Donna Galanti, Amy Lichtenhan, and J. Thomas Ross), as well as applying what I learned from Margie Lawson’s Empowering Characters (thanks to Jenny Hansen). The first chapters are packed with suspense, which is great, but I had streamlined the main character a bit too much, making her tough for some to connect to. Now I feel I’ve got the right balance between the two, and I can honestly say the book is as strong as I can possibly get it. It was a huge to put INTO THE DARK to bed. Whether it’s via a publisher or a professional editor I hire should I choose to go the self-publishing route later, the book is done, and I’m thrilled. Regardless of the publishing outcome, my writing and grasp of the craft has come a long way in the past year, and that’s something I’m very proud of.
I also put some serious work into the first 15,000 words of THE PROPHET, using the same techniques. I’m close to the first turning point and hope to have that done by next Sunday.
Goals for this week:
Complete Thriller Thursday
Finish the first Act of THE PROPHET
My favorite links of the week:
Write It Sideways: 3 Ways To Get Out Of A Writing Slump
Jeff Goins: Why You Should Bother With Resolutions This Year
Natalie Hartford’s Urban Word Wednesday: Vajazzle
How has your first Row80 week been?