Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Feedback Rocks!

Apologies for my lack of posting! I've been toiling away at some re-writes on my novel (many thanks to a kind agent for giving very detailed feedback and inviting me to re-submit!!).

Here's the thing: when I first submitted my novel to her, in my head, it was the best it could be. (Certainly not perfect - there's always room for improvement - but I had polished and read it and re-read it and felt it was "ready"). But as I read her feedback, I started nodding. She hit the nail on the head, regarding storyline and extraneous scenes. It's funny - I knew, subconsciously, all this time, that certain parts needed to be reworked. But I guess I didn't know how to fix it. Or even how to pinpoint the issues. So, to have feedback there, in black and white, from a professional, made something click. I understood what needed to be done. So, I've been doing it!

Re-working, re-thinking, re-writing. All a tedious process, but in the end, so worth it! Because I do want this book to be the best it can possibly be. I do want to know where/how it can be improved. At this point in any writer's journey, the ego must be placed delicately aside, and the writer must dig in, get hands dirty, do what needs to be done, for the good of THE BOOK. Because that, to me, is what it's all about. Those characters, that plot, that world. Not me, the writer. If authors get in the way of the book, it will never improve.

So, I'll probably be "radio silent" for much of this week, but that's why - I'm trying to focus on the book, and do what needs to be done! Wish me luck! :-)


  1. Luck!

    As an aside, I am dying to read some of your writing - let me specify, your fiction. I love your blog, and while your genre doesn't sound like something I would normally pick up, my interest in you has piqued my interest in what you write. Just so you know. ;)

  2. Sending lots of luck.
    I've just spent the last three weeks on holiday, with limited internet access, so my spare time was pure, uninterupted editing. Even though I love -- and missed-- blogging, it makes a difference being unplugged. The book is the important thing, so keep going.
    We'll see you soon. :)

  3. Hurray for feedback! I recently got feedback from my critique group, and I'm thrilled. Good crits make the edits so much easier.

    Have fun editing. :-) We can party, I mean edit together.

  4. Thanks for the encouragement, y'all! Very sweet! I wish you the same with your current projects!

    Yoda - that's such a nice compliment - much appreciated! I'm grateful for witty/smart folks like you who post interesting comments. You always make me think! I'd love to know what you think about my writing. I'd also love to read something of yours. Maybe we can figure out how to do that sometime...

    BTW, I'm thisclose to being ready to send my re-writes to the agent. My goal is tomorrow night! *nervous*

  5. You've got what it takes to be a successful author. Best of luck always.