One Writer’s Problem Areas


Needed a bit more research, too. 😉

Let’s backtrack.

I’ve been going over Rachel’scritiques and wow, is it wonderful seeing my work through someone’s critical eye. 

Okay, okay, I’ll be honest, it’s not always wonderful at first.  I sometimes have a bit of trouble in the beginning.  Especially if there are a lot of comments.  This is sooo normal.  It’s that knee-jerk reaction a lot of writers get when someone doesn’t instantly like their work. 

But I did not sign onto this for a cheering section. 

Yes, I like when I’ve obviously done something right.  The most important thing I’ve learned in the last year of working so intensely with someone whose ambition (Or is it obsession? heh heh) mirrors mine is that every time I’ve received positive feedback, it’s been on  work I’ve given plenty of time and concentration.   

After that first reaction, I let things settle a couple of days, mull over the suggestions, think about the WORK itself.  Mostly, I remind myself that I want this to be good.  Really good.  And if I haven’t done my best, I can only be thankful that I work with someone who will show me when I hurry through the last few chapters.  Someone who isn’t afraid to say the work isn’t up to my speed.  Someone who shares this knowledge uh, thoroughly. 😉

So, here are a couple of my problem areas.

1. Overuse of the words up, down, back, quickly, that, instantly.   I mean OVERUSE.  Sit down, pull up, hurried back into… these are superfluous words that should only be used when emphasis is needed.. I know that.  But for me, they’re such a huge part of my vocabulary, they become invisible.  I’m thinking of doing search and finds. 😉

2. I have a tendency to write my characters in a vacuum.  I can SEE the world around them and at times, I’m good at describing that world, but sometimes, I get caught up in the story and dialogue and forget to show the readers what I see around the characters. 

I haven’t yet whipped up the courage to look at my final chapter because Rachel warned me it had a lot of comments.  But I can’t help but be glad I’ve got another chance to rewrite the last fourth of the book before a full is requested.

All this puppy needs is a little more…

Time and Concentration.


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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6 Responses to One Writer’s Problem Areas

  1. But I did enjoy your writing! I wouldn’t have spent so much time on it if I didn’t. 😉

    And that last chapter had more positive comments than any of the others, I’m almost sure of it. 😉

    And aren’t you glad you’re almost DONE?!


    (who appreciates your eagle eye too)

  2. relliott4 says:

    I’m very glad I’m almost done. I’m ready to move to the next, especially since I”ve learned so much with this manuscript.

    Yeah, I pulled out that last chapter and laughed–it did have a lot of positive comments. It wasn’t nearly as sloppy as the two before it. And that was definitely my fault. 🙂

  3. Ken says:

    This was an expecially good blog for me because I could relate to what you were saying. I could feel what you were saying and it was useful in that I got some sense of human relation as I’m not getting what I would like out of my own writing.

    You know what gets me is that your work really stands up. Everytime I read it-and I’m just talking about the blogs-I see more and more into it. It’s not one dimensional. It has different levels.

    Uh, anyway, good luck on your rewrites in your last chapter…

  4. relliott4 says:

    Maybe I have multiple personality disorder. 😉

    Nah, this blog, during the first year, was personal like this and then I backed off for some reason. I’m glad you’re getting something from the posts because I went through this writing and submitting thing years ago and did it alone. It was a lot harder. By sharing this time, I’m hoping it makes someone else’s plunge easier.

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  6. kathmandau says:

    Thank you, Rinda. My editor and “smart readers” –those pre-publishing readers–keep me going back to fill in the details. I know what the place looked like, what things smelled liked, etc, etc…but my readers cannot go there unless I give the information.
    Good editing…peace and wonder,

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