Diving Back into the Work


My manuscript feels like a stranger’s right now.  This huge random gathering of words that keeps calling me to take just one more look.  That maybe this time, I can read it without wanting to change something.  Read it as if it had been written by someone else–read it like a book. 

Ever tried putting your work into two side-by-side pages so it looks more like a book?  Advice here–Use a big monitor since the font has to be set to microscopic in order to get the right number of paragraphs per page. 😉

No worries, I’ve stopped this strange sort of obsessive behavior that grabbed me by the pen this week.  (I need to be working on Rachel’s chapters, reading Schaefer’s book and working on my book two-BOAA.) 

Besides, every single time I looked at DOTT, I simply couldn’t see it objectively.  Find that very interesting. I remember I enjoyed writing it.  That I enjoyed the rewrites.  Each time a chapter went off to my CP, I felt good about it.  When she returned the bubble-riddled pages, I even liked going through and correcting all the typos and inconsistencies.  Like the time my heroine smelled smoke before the witch set off the burning smell. Maybe I’ve just been rereading it through a veil of green, fuzzy nerves at that point. 

Who am I kidding?  I am a bundle of green, fuzzy nerves at this point.  <g>


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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4 Responses to Diving Back into the Work

  1. Sunny Lyn says:

    I am catching up on reading posts, so this is a multiple reply – lol. CONGRATS on agent requests. That blank page book is scary looking. Shuddering here. The warm red blankie sounds inviting. I need to re-read, because I got lost on BOAA and DOTT. Your witch sounds quite, quite interesting. I miss reading your manuscripts – hope all is well in your world. Want to ask if you’ve made any wine recently. And…that cover for Psymbiology intrigues the hell outta me.

    Miss you and your quirks.

  2. Missy says:

    I have problems looking at my short stories objectively before sending them out. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to read any of my work without wanting to make some miniscule change or another.

    You are fantastic and I have no doubt you’ll get an agent soon.

  3. relliott4 says:

    Ah, thanks, Missy. I think the majority of writers suffer from perfectionism, so we’re never quite, totally satisfied. 🙂

    Sunny, I miss you, too. Keep up with your blog–though it’s mostly a drive-by through Bloglines. DOTT is my completed manuscript and BOAA is the current one. I’ve been working a lot, so wine production is down. I do plan to get back into it soon–especially since the OKRWA members will be disappointed at the lack of it for Christmas party this year.

    I love the art for my brother’s CD. If you go to the website, you can see the back which is just as interesting. 🙂

  4. I’ve never worked with dual pages before. I might have to try that…

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