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September 2012

What did we learn this month? August 2012

Another month has come and gone and with it, all the handwritten pages of Book III, THE TRAVELER…the baseline is complete and I have moved into EDIT mode.
 
This is really the fun part: refining things, finding the missing links, tightening the storyline, stream-lining and cutting things that just don’t work, changing a single word to make a dialogue have more impact to the story. This isn’t the cherry on top, but more like the hot fudge and whipped cream on a sundae. The cherry comes when I sit down with my editor and talk through the tale from beginning to end.

A Free Chicken Dinner?

 
A funny thing happened to me the other day…well, I thought it was funny. The person I was speaking to was genuinely serious and I may have hurt their feelings a bit (Sorry!) but I was certain they were just kidding. They asked me, “How do you write a book?”
 
After I got up off the floor and wiped the tears from laughter off my face, I sat down and told my friend the truth,“You don’t. The book writes you.”
 
I know that sounds cryptic, but it’s true in more ways than one. It all starts with an idea, and then all hell breaks loose from there.

What I learned in the last two months…

It’s been two months since I last wrote about my work and the learning experiences I’ve earned. Probably because it’s been a very trying and scary two months…but there have also been many roses amongst the thorns.
 
So what exactly have I learned? Let’s see…   
 
 
 
  • No matter how hard you try, how hard you work, or how much time you spend, you can’t make everyone happy…that includes family and friends, unfortunately.
  • A bloody nose should stop with consistent pressure.