NaNoWriMo is over. The Holiday’s are over. It’s the start of a New Year. The Seahawks are on their way, thanks to the mishaps in yesterday’s below freezing game against the Vikings. And I’ve made a resolution. A promise to myself that THIS is the year. I’ll do everything I can to become published this year.
The first thing I did, literally Jan 1st was re-join Romance Writers of America. Whether you write romance or not, this association will boost your skills and desire! The next thing I was determined to do is find a great critiquing partner, again I was able to find her from RWA’s critique partner matchup program.
The next thing I did was join my local RWA chapter, Greater Seattle RWA and put their February writing workshop on my calendar! Done!
Finally, we got a new kitten yesterday.
Which has absolutely nothing to do with writing. But she’s adorable and I wanted a photo other than a writing one for this post 😉 Meet Miss Scarlett Overkill (From Minions…how can you say no to the cutest twins in the world when they are excited to name their first kitten?)!
But back to my resolution. The last and final step to obtaining my goal this year? Edit and write. Edit and drink. Edit and write and drink and cry…
Obviously, I can’t reach my goal without ACTUALLY writing. All the classes and workshops and partners in the world, won’t help if I don’t WRITE.
So I started this weekend. I read through the manuscript I’d finished in November and …it’s not horrible. It’s not GREAT, but it’s not trash. It gave me three big concerns, but now I know where to start with editing. Flow is a big issue for me, I think I shove too many “big words” in there and it causes the flow to slow to molasses.
The second thing I worry about is that I haven’t made my characters likable enough at the beginning.
The third concern I have is that I seem to “dump” info in the beginning chapter. And whether it’s too much info or just not a smooth flow, I can’t be sure. But it will be something I want to work on over the next few weeks.
That being said, I have to start. Editing is one of the scariest things to do for me, but if I don’t jump in head first, I won’t reach my resolution this year.