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This Silence Is Me Writing

November 21st, 2012 · 7 Comments

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There are so many different things I want to post on my blog, but no time to write them!  It’s terrible!  For example, I’ve been to a number of good (and not so good) restaurants here in Paris that I would love to talk about, there are quite a few books I’ve read that I want to review (some good, some bad) and there are several authors (Anglophone and French) I want to compare and discuss, but do I have the time – no!

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What do I do with my time, you ask.  When I have the time, I’m writing – and rewriting and rewriting my rewrites!  I wrote the first draft of my novel, the whole 320 pages (70,000 words) in 6 weeks (2 years ago!).  Then I left it alone for 6 months because when you move and set up house, it takes time. After the dust settled, I started my rewrites and that lasted for a year.  Now my rewrites have been going on for another year!  (And do you want to know a secret?  Some of my best writing was the first things I wrote when I did my first draft!!!  It’s true!)

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There’s a point when you have to know when to stop!  I reached that point – finally!  Well, almost!!  I then had to write a query letter to find an agent who would hopefully find me a publisher and that’s when reality hit!  How to write a query letter!!!  This in itself can be a blog post!  What’s so hard about writing a query letter, right?  A one page 250 word letter to send agents so they’ll be interested enough to WANT to read your manuscript.

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Easy as pie, right?  No, it’s not and don’t ever use clichés in a query letter!  Everyone said it’s the hardest thing to write and I have spent more time than I care to mention (okay, months) reading, studying and writing a query letter!  I read all of the Query Shark’s 229 queries and revisions!  (A gold mine!)  So, do I have a query letter ready to go?  No!  Why not?  (Yes, I can hear you asking!)  Because when you query your dream agent(s), you only have one time, 1,  to make a good impression and if you don’t, well quite frankly – you’re screwed!

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Then, as I was reading the Shark’s commentaries, she made important suggestions about going back to your manuscript and “….look for this and take out that….” and so that’s what I’ve been doing lately.  And you know what?  She’s right!!!  Every darn suggestion she’s made, has made my manuscript that much better!!!  So those final rewrites have become once more a final, final rewrite!!!

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Is that it?  Nope.  The next step is having beta readers read the manuscript before it can be sent out.  Fresh eyes looking at your writing that you know so well you can read pages aloud by heart and they can tell you what you no longer can see!  Because some days I think I have written the next great literary novel (Move over Anna Karenina!) and then other days I think I wrote a bunch of crap that isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.  (Well, actually it’s written on a computer screen, but you get the idea!) So after the feedback from the beta readers and listening to their suggestions and taking it all into consideration, then that query letter can go out!

Who would have thunk [sic] it??!!!  And so, I’m still in the process and 2013 will soon be upon us and hopefully I will have all my eggs in a row (or is it ducks?) and I’ll have a bestseller on my hands!  (I can always dream!)

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Maya Muses:  This blog post started out as a one or two sentence post stating that I don’t have time to write on my blog, because when I have time, I need to spend it on finishing my novel.  But as you can see, I’m never at a loss for words!  I will eventually get back to blogging more on IAM, but for now, bear with me because this silence is me writing.

Photo Credits:  Google Images and Personal Photo

Tags: Books and Reviews · Is Anyone Listening? · Miscellaneous

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Deena // Nov 23, 2012 at 1:19 am

    So that’s what you’ve been doing. Good luck and hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

  • 2 Lynn // Nov 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks Deena, I did and I hope yours was as well!

  • 3 Harriet // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Didn’t a great Frenchman once say — The key to success is constancy to purpose — but of course I’m sure he said it in French!

    Sounds like you are well on your way to becoming a success with your book! Good luck with your “final-final” rewrites.

  • 4 Harriet // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Oops….I see that he was British, not French……that will teach me that I had better google before I hit the submit button!
    (Benjamin Disraeli)

  • 5 Lynn // Nov 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks Harriet and as the holidays are now upon us, I (as I already told you) won’t be getting that manuscript to you before the new year! (Oops! I completely forgot about the recipes you asked for! I be sure to ask Patrick this evening and get them to you asap!!!)

    Oh yeah, I’m putting that saying on my desk so I can see it everyday!

  • 6 Cid // Dec 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I enjoy reading your posts, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading your book. All the best and happy holidays.

  • 7 Lynn // Dec 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks Cid! I wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season as well!!!

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