I’m late with the update for obvious reasons, but even with the holiday in full swing, I did manage a few writing-related endeavors.
This week’s quote comes from George R.R. Martin.
“Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.”
– George R.R. Martin
This quote might surprise some folks, but I’ll bet a fair number of authors would say Martin’s quote accurately describes them. It often describes me, and though there are times when I do enjoy the raw creative act of writing, there are plenty of times I don’t. That said, I think it’s important to note that even writers who don’t always enjoy writing probably still feel the need to write, the compulsion to tell that story or work on that novel. Then, when the writing is done, and you manage to publish something, that feeling of genuine accomplishment is pretty great. I know chasing that “having-written” high is part of what focuses and sharpens my own efforts and keeps me plugging along through the endless revisions and rejections.
I’m nearing the end of my last revision for Late Risers before I ship it off to my agent. As I said in my last update, I’m doing a fair amount of polishing with the language, much of which revolves around removing problem words and phrases. Last time, I spoke about overusing was, were, wasn’t, and weren’t, but those are only a few of the literary goblins that end up on the chopping block. For example, I also hunt down seemingly innocuous adverbs that add nothing to a sentence. I’m talking about words like still, now, just, up, down, around, behind, and so on. Of course, sometimes you need these words and some did survive the cut (often in dialog), but like any word on my hit list, they had to prove their worth.
Again, with the holiday, just a little activity here.
That submission put me at 118 for the year and the rejection was number 99. I did receive rejection number 100 this morning, and I’ll post a full breakdown on that particular milestone in the new year.
One blog posts last week.
12/18/18: A Week of Writing: 12/10/18 to 12/16/18
The usual weekly writing update.
Just one goal. Finish the final revision of Late Risers.
That was my week. How was yours?
I hope you’re having a great Christmas.