Friday, July 23, 2010

Easy Way Out...

Whew! So, I finished and submitted the re-writes to the agent. I'm "knackered" (as one of my British characters might say), and soooo glad they're completed! I'm exhausted, but feel really good about them. Whatever the outcome, whatever the agent's decision, I feel comfortable that I gave it my best shot, and yes, I do think it's a better book than before. I'm incredibly grateful for her feedback.

So, I'm taking the easy way out today and letting someone else do the blogging for me. I just found a wonderful entry on the "music" of speech, over at the Romance Roundtable. I've always believed there is a "music" to what we write - crescendos, diminuendos, staccatos, rests/pauses. And, most importantly - rhythm. In fact, I do think the rhythm of a passage can be even more important than what's taking place in the scene, sometimes. We don't want our writing too choppy, or even too fluid and flowery (so that it makes the reader doze off). I think it's important to find a natural rhythm and flow to whatever we write (which is why I always tell my students to read their work ALOUD (which, by the way, is what I did this week with my 396-page novel! lol)).

Anyway, enjoy this musical entry and have a great weekend! I'm going to put my feet up and watch some movies. :-)


  1. Thank you, Lindsay!! It's a big relief, that's for sure!

  2. I once had someone tell me to test out a picture book idea 'on the children' to see how they react. Love that suggestion...whether juvenile or adult material.