Accentuating the Positive

Felt down tonight until I began recounting what I’ve done for my writing and realized this has been the best six-month stretch ever.

For our anniversary, my husband bought me a subscription to the Bestseller Society. Jeff Gerke runs the Fiction Academy and is an awesome book doctor and small-press publisher. I talked to him about my frustrations with writing, and he not only understood, he gave me the keys to unlock my own confidence. That, my friends, is worth any price.

About the same time, I decided to rewrite my novel in present tense. My book is in 1st person, and a lot of readers don’t like it because they believe the main character has “survived to tell the tale.” Well, that lack of suspense will never do. 🙂 Honestly though, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made, because it breathed new life into my writing.

Through the Bestseller Society, I met a local professional editor (what are the odds?). After I finished and polished my first 5 chapters, she did a line-edit. Holy cow, may I just say they rock?

They are locked, they are loaded, and they are ready to go. Period, end of story and omigosh does it feel good!

I’m just about ready to send her chapters 6-12. I’m saddened that a few of my chapters are too long for their own good, so I’ve had to cut some. This means that I’m not quite 1/3 of the way through my novel, but close enough for government work.

Whoa. Let me repeat that: Almost 1/3 of my novel is completed, done, polished and locked away to be opened only by a publisher on Christmas. Wow!

This is a far cry from the horrible feeling of stumbling around in the dark, not sure of what I’m doing that I’ve had for the past 2 years.

We’re also joining the local chapter of the ACFW. In the May meeting, they presented a panel of authors talking about synopsis writing. Since my ms has been requested, I wasn’t certain I would even have to do one. Regardless, I planned to do it last and dreaded it as 1 more thing between me and shipping this monster beauty off.

I was so inspired by the meeting (and the announcement of a contest) that I went home and wrote one. Ha, take that, stupid synopsis!
Er, not quite. My formatting had to be fudged for it all to fit.

But since I’m against all forms of cheating, I knew I had to fix it. It finally occurred to me to focus on the main Supreme Being in the novel, to center it around his walking the main character through her inner journey…and voila, the thing fell into place.
Lean, mean, logical machine. That’s my baby.

So, in the last six months, I’ve made huge strides toward finally finishing and shipping my manuscript. I’m happier and my work shows it, and things are looking high and bright. ğŸ˜Ž

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2 thoughts on “Accentuating the Positive

  1. Kea Alwang says:

    Congrats, Jen! That sounds awesome! I’m looking forward to reading it. And coming from someone who, way back when, switched the voice and tense of Treehugger umpteen times, I know that feeling of finally being satisfied with it! Can’t wait to read your stuff!

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