Revisions: Adding More Words

So one of the comments I got during the beta was to add more. I was writing a Science Fiction novel and I did not want it to get too wordy – I’ve ready plenty of stories like that. However, I agreed with my betas and CP that a little more explanation was needed in some areas. Thus to add a little length, I did the following:


  1. I went through all the areas noted by my CP. I had a great CP and any area highlighted with the words MORE I heeded.
  2. I wrote short stories for each of my pivotal characters. I then read through the story to ensure that my character descriptions aligned with how they were written in my story. This helped tremendously in dialogue and further describing certain scenes.
  3. I picked through spots to analyze: the beginning (in this case my prologue), the absolute middle, and the end. I checked these areas to ensure the sections engaged the readers.

What do you do to beef up your novels?

Prep Work

A while ago, on another blog, I posted about prep work.

When you cook a dish, there is a substantial amount of work you must do. You must gather ingredients, chop the onions, and prepare the pans. You just can not look at the ingredients and expect dinner to magically appear. Although that would be nice!

Writing a novel is the same way. As much as we would like to be a successful published author, it is not going to happen overnight. You must practice writing everyday, you must work on your grammar, you must learn to market yourself and most importantly to network. I am a strong believer that networking is key in ANY field. To be a success at anything takes work and writing is no different.

Writing everyday is such a great release to me. I oftentimes struggle with the way I verbally present myself to others but on paper, I feel I am more eloquent. I hope that as I continue crafting my written words, everything else will fall into place.

I am happy to have grown into writer I am today. The contests, the querying, the networking have shaped me into a writer and a person that I proud of. I look forward to continuing my prep work as I forge ahead into becoming a better writer.


Giving Up

This summer has been tough!

I have been in grad school since January. Up until June, I thought I had everything balanced – home life, work life, school, side job, and of course my writing life.

This summer, I kicked things up with my coursework to ensure I finish in 18 months – and things went a little cray-cray!

Everything that could possibly happen – happened: work crazy, family crazy, sick crazy. Every possible crazy!!! While I prioritized my work, family, and school work something had to suffer and it had to be my writing.

It happens. I see the posts all the time. Life happens and sometimes we have to sacrifice our passion. I was slightly torn up about this at first because “what if I was never able to write again.”

How lame is that thinking!

What my break taught me was that nobody can kill my story. If that story was meant to see the light of day, it will eventually come out.

I have been so tired lately but I began reading my stories this weekend and everything has fell back into place. It’s like I never left it!

So to everyone that has been forced into a break – for whatever reason – don’t be sad. Your words are still inside of you. When you are ready, they will come out. Don’t give up!