Real Writer

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Okay, I’ve gone on and on about how the rewrite stage is my favorite.  I’m officially past the halfway mark in my book and my plan is to be done by the end of May.  (Not sure why I pick the most difficult kid/school month to do these things, but I never seem to pick the easy routes.)  The book is much longer than I thought.  In rewrites, I add all the scenic detail, the subtle nuances of character–it adds up.  Plus, I’ve always gone by the 250 words per page count method and have learned recently that a lot of publishers prefer the actual count now.  That really upped the numbers.

I’m still enjoying the rewrites, but I realized that I started this book so long ago and I’ve worked on the beginning of it so many times, I can no longer read it objectively.  Plus, here I am over halfway and I realized I left out an important character trait–one that should have come up at least twice!  Once again, I have to go back and thread something in. 

You know what?  That’s okay. 

In the past, my own perfectionist issues had me polishing and polishing things until it crippled my career.  For the most part, I’ve blasted past that old trait.  Yay!  I realized that I really do want this as a career and if that’s going to happen, I need to just do my best and send the books out.

Yeah, things can always be better.  Even a smudge.  And yeah, not everyone will like my book.  In fact, I know quite a few family members who should probably stay far away from it.  heh heh 

But, I’m pretty happy with these rewrites.  In part of my mind, there’s a constant voice yelling, “You still have all that cool research to incorporate!”  But there is this calmer and very much in control voice winning the argument.  “No, don’t overload–keep it simple and clear.  You write best-tight.” 

A lot has changed with my new approach to writing.  Now, when I’m not doing rewrites, I’m outlining the next book in this series and funny enough, my fingers are itching to get started on it.  I’m looking forward to that first draft stage as much as I looked forward to the rewriting layers stage.   

Wow, I finally feel like a real writer. 🙂

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For anyone who follows some of the wild blog dramas that spark on some of the “real” snarky sites on the net, this is simply wonderful.  Very, very funny!  Mrs. Giggle’s Blog Drama Drinking Game.  If you don’t recognize the names Karen, Monica, Bam or Nora–you might not get it.

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About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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13 Responses to Real Writer

  1. Erica R says:

    Rewriting is *so* not my favorite. What do I have to do to learn to love it? Tell me the magic spell…

    *off to check out Mrs Giggles, as I recognize 2/4 names*

  2. Carol S. says:

    Pushing through and not rewriting is what finally got me to the end of Privy. Now I started the rewrites and I’m enjoying it. Right now I’m on the chapters that have been re-written more than once so there’s not as much to do as there will be on the last half. But I always wanted to get to this point. Keep at it Rinda, I want to see that book finished too. Carol

  3. relliott4 says:

    The magic for me is in the manipulation of words. I love crawling inside a scene and making it real. Or changing telling parts to showing. I give examples here.

    https://relliott4.wordpress.com/2007/03/20/telling-and-showing-and-layering/

    The only downside to rewriting for me is that I’ve spent so much time on a story, I’m ready to move on to the next exciting project. So, I have to consistently try to up the stakes so the rewrites stay fun.

  4. inkedblots says:

    I hate rewrites and edits. They drive me nuts, so I keep them strictly for emails

    Now, I haven’t written any books or anything, just my blog. But on that blog I have written about a couple of friends of mine (a country singer and an artist) and one of those writings has made it to radio (yeah me!). Is that kinda like being published? hmm…

    Anyway, I am one of those that gives myself a deadline and then I wait… procrastinate until the eleventh hour and then I stare at my screen until my eyes blur and write like a mad woman. It just comes flowing out. I can’t stop if I wanted to.

    Before I realize it, 30-minutes have gone by and I have at least two pages of good stuff… The only edits are usually spelling and that is because I am typing so fast. I guess I am blessed that way.

    Anyway.. Happy rewrites Rinda!! Hope it stays fun for you.

    P.S. How’s your mailbox monster?
    P.P.S. May I add you to my blogroll?

  5. relliott4 says:

    I write in similar fashion. Procrastinate. Actually with this last book, I didn’t do that so much. I tried to be consistent and I ended up with a lot more clear brain time.
    My mailbox monster is strangely still. I think he’s waiting to make his move. And of course you can add me!
    That reminds me, I need to update mine. My bloglines is way bigger than the list to the right here. I’ll add you too. 🙂

  6. Sarah says:

    I so can’t wait to read this! I’m intrigued to learn what character traits you had to thread into the story. End of May, huh? You go, Rinda!!!

  7. Sarah says:

    Oh, and you’ve always been a “real writer”!

  8. X. Dell says:

    (1) I’ve noticed that change in word count requests, and am scratching my head about that. Properly formatted, the page count seems like the most important thing. But exact word counts are now easy to do on the computer. So why not?

    (2) I re-write constantly, usually with great enthusiasm–that is, until recently. After so many drafts of my current project, I’m starting to get sick of it (I have to tweak it again in a few days–this time, I have a deadline).

    (3) I’ve never seen you as anything other than a real pro (unlike yours truly), with respect to writing.

    (4) That drinking game you linked to should send a lot of writers into a coma.

  9. Lacey says:

    I could have written this post. It’s that close to exactly the way I feel. 🙂

  10. relliott4 says:

    Hi Lacey! That’s why I do love blogging. It’s nice to know other writers get it. So often our non-writing friends just think we’re strange, eh?

    X and Sarah, thanks. Yes, I’ve always been a writer, but I don’t think I truly enjoyed being one until the last year. I worried about things too much and my skin wasn’t thick enough. So for me, I feel more like a pro now. Getting some more sales under my belt will cement that.

  11. Scott from Oregon says:

    Being a “real writer” is actually a very interesting topic for me. I see so many people who dream of “being a writer”. I say, OK… so what are you writing? How much do you write everyday?

    “Huh?”

    I think it is great that you got to the point where you accepted your “label” as a writer and are now just simply writing. I think there is a devil-dog in the back of writer’s minds that barks and howls until you can leap the fence and get to this point.

    I know what you mean about rewriting to the point of not being able to be objective. Your words get so well rehearsed they no longer strike you as novel or “special”. Work on the end without even looking at the beginning for awhile? Go on a wine tasting tour of Sonoma County on a bicycle?

    Good luck with it all, though.

  12. relliott4 says:

    Oh, I’d love to go on a wine tasting tour!

    Just simply writing. I like that. 🙂

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