Happy Tuesday to you all on this twenty-fourth day of March. I hope the last flakes of snow are melting where you are. We are experiencing spring showers and I am confident they will bring flowers. Heck, our bulbs were up weeks ago since we kind of skipped right over winter here in Olympia.
What’s new in my world? My novel, “Shadows Kill,” is being revised once again. I received some great feedback from my friend Cristen, and her feedback was right on. Now I have some writing to do. Some of the changes are minor and easy fixes. One change involves one of the main characters and will require some serious work.
The thing is, I could have ignored Cristen’s advice. The book was pretty good already, and I suspect I could get an agent to go for it without making the changes. I’ve certainly read worse books during my lifetime, and those were published, so I feel pretty confident that mine would be published without making any more changes….but…
It wouldn’t be my best work then, would it?
When I finish “Shadows Kill” I want to be able to walk away from it knowing I have nothing left. I want to look at it and be able to declare that it is my best work, that I gave it everything I had, that there was nothing left in me to add to it.
And that’s exactly what I will do.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
One of the things I enjoy most about being a writer is that I have no boss hovering over me telling me what to do. It is also one of the dangers of being a writer. Quality control begins and ends with me. Only I can determine when my best effort has been given.
TIP OF THE DAY
Before you publish your next article or book, ask yourself one question: is this the best I can do on this particular piece? If the answer is yes then hit the publish button and be done with it. If the answer is no….well, I think you understand.
SITE OF THE DAY
“Top 30 Writing Sites” is an interesting online site you might want to visit. I don’t know who this Edgar guy is, but his list of writing sites is a valuable one. If you are looking for a writing community that can help you grow, then I suggest you browse through his list. You can find it by following this link.
SECOND LINK OF THE DAY
Check out Cristen and her blog….well worth reading. You can find it here http://irisdraak.com/2015/03/the-answer-is-no-until-you-ask/
WRITER OF THE DAY
Take a few minutes and go visit a friend of mine. Patricia Scott is her name and you can find her here.
Patricia writes from the heart, and it is a huge heart to write from. I love passion in a writer and Patricia is filled with passion. Stop by and say howdy!
MORE NEXT WEEK
We’re all busy and that’s why I keep this blog limited to one post per week. Thank you for spending part of your Tuesday with me. Have a great week of writing.
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”