Years ago, I was able to attend the wonderful LDStorymakers conference and I have to put in a plug! I had such a great time and had all kinds of ideas running through my head after I returned. The conference is usually in May and can sell out quickly, so watch for your chance to sign up for it–it’s well worth it!
It seems like I am always busy revising and rewriting a few manuscripts to get them ready for submission. I am always really excited about getting some of my manuscripts a step closer to publication. Of course, I know some of those steps involve receiving rejections but I’m getting good at that, so bring ’em on!
The problem with revising a book is I have fallen in love with my characters. I really like them and it’s hard to see what they are doing wrong (which basically means what I have written them doing wrong). It’s also hard to cut, cut, cut out favorite lines because they aren’t relevant to the story. Does anyone else think of the movie Rainmaker when I say “Cut, cut, cut!”? Anyway tangent, but we authors will do almost anything it seems to get away from the revising project. But I’m determined to make some definite headway this week.
After I returned from the conference, I was working on a story and while my then 2 year old was taking her nap, I read my middle-grade novel aloud to my then almost 5 year old. It’s important to read your manuscript aloud to catch things and since she was playing by me, she got to hear it. What was fun, was how much she comprehended and then would ask me questions. In one part, my character has a confrontation with a bully and my daughter said, “If he did that to me, then I would slap him.”
I think I’ll go eat some Dove dark chocolate now to get those creative juices flowing again.
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