*Write Chain Target (write, revise edit 3 pages a day): 13 links – not unlucky at all 😉
I’m back off to the UK on Saturday. Family matters and a Dad who is in need of a bit of support from his far flung family. Well, I’m the only one of five who lives in another country. I’m not a big fan of flying and particularly flying on my own but needs must. Living where we are, in rural Le Marche, the options for flights are very few especially out of season. I dislike the whole process and the older I get the more nervous I become. Thank goodness it’s only two hours or I think I might need therapy. However, I have made progress. Now I don’t mind a window seat and I actually will look out, if the weather is good. Not for long mind. Just a quick glance.
I’m hoping to keep on target with my writing goals, so the past couple of days I’ve squirrelled away at my action list. This action list is a perpetual list. I’m a bit of a list freak, just love them to bits. I wish I could feel as confident about editing as I do about making lists. I’ve been going through the edits from my session with my personal editor, Simon, my husband :), and he’s an apostrophe freak. Enough said. I don’t know why I struggle with them, I have no memorable problems with English in school, in fact it was one of the few qualifications I left with. But they seem to evade me now. But that’s no excuse, they have to be sorted. So time to go and battle with that pesky punctuation.
Simon, my husband and ‘ the man that does’ has been beta reading my latest Work in Progress. The Morning Gift was first born in 2009, maybe even before. I got such a shock when I found an email from a fellow writing friend telling me that the synopsis I’d given them was good and I should get on with revising it.
Some wise people say that you shouldn’t use your nearest and dearest as readers of your work. I say why not? The trouble is with any advice it’s only relative to the person providing it. So no, I’m not telling you the best thing YOU can do is ask your loved one to provide feedback on your work. For me it works. Simon is my trusted and harshest critic. He will tell me where it doesn’t work, where I’ve skipped like a few scenes and more than, and where I make glaring and embarrassing errors of judgement. He’s a reader first and foremost. And that matters. It’s the only qualification he needs to assess whether or not the story flows, cos he reads a lot of stories, probably in excess of 100 books a year.
We’ve just gone through half the manuscript with his observations and had a great laugh at some of the mistakes I made without realising. Most of them are anachronisms – this story is set in Saxon times and the days of the Norsemen. I shan’t share them here, not just yet but maybe one day. And we can all have a good laugh.
Learn to laugh at yourself . Life will be a lot funnier.
A week has passed into the New Year already. I’ve almost caught up after my unexpected trip back to the UK . I know I’ll need to go back over pretty soon so I really need to get ahead of myself. Felt a bit rough today following an afternoon of indulgence with friends who are leaving to travel for the next few months and a bit of a hangover from my lack of sleep last week.:)
One of the things I miss most here is a bath. The Italians don’t do baths. Not in these old houses anyway. They much prefer their showers and wet rooms. For me, there is nothing that can match topping up the hot water in the bath with my big toe, reading a book and slowly wrinkling into oblivion. Hmmm… just the thought of it makes me feel better.
*I was doing really well with my Write Chain Target of three pages (write, revise or edit) – 62 unbroken days! But it snapped when I had to go back to the UK. Never mind, I’m determined to keep on track and here is how I’m recording my progress. I did have a link of paper clips strung above my desk but the kitties thought it was purely for their fun and entertainment.
Finally, I’ve published a post on my author blog, Louise Charles, about my ambitious plans for 2016 and how I hope to keep on track.
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