The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium. ~Norbet Platt
I am lame I have still not edited sent off my final edited version- but enough of that I am hoping to do that this week- I have just been so busy and ill- I hate the flu! Anyway what I have done is cut and pasted a very small approx 1300 word chapter of my forthcoming novel to the “critique” areas at the two writing forums I have signed up to!!! It was daunting doing this but then why not?! I am paying to have it published and then it will be out there. This thought gave me some comfort. It is also exciting to think people may read this and have some good points- although it is a little late to change things.
I have had one comment so far “very interesting but the use of the word ‘she’ far too often” I smile at the first two words. I interested someone- a random unknown so this is good surely. The writing blood within me surging forward and I am in a bubble of happiness. The use of the word “she” yes I get that after re-reading the chapter. But in a way that was what I was trying to create. The chapter in itself is about a character who is elusive - there are only about three of four chapters that are based around this character “Mia” – She is very much a “She” because she is on the outside . However this could maybe just be my poor writing skills I don’t know. I will copy and paste the excerpt into this blog very soon so you too can have a nosey!
Another thing I have done this week was accept an invitation to a writing club. Don’t get me wrong- It wasn’t an invitation like you see at airport immigration fast track (by invitation only) – Basically I emailed the group members and a space came up so they are trialling me today. I have to read this 1000 words, I am going to use the same excerpt I was just waffling on about. I have in fact just re-read it and I like it. In fact on the self publishing website I am going to use this excerpt as the “sneak peek” bit!!!
The daunting thing about this writers group is that they may not like me and accept me into their fold! Which will be a bit rubbish but I suppose I will live, it maybe that I don’t like them. Another of my worries is that they may be super intelligent and my writing- well it may well not be their thing- but I suppose that is what the trial is about!! Never the less I am excited to see how things turn out. I would like to be part of a writers group- If anything I will learn from the others. When I thought about my book his morning- I thought at the least I will get out of this self publishing malarkey is the experience. Although I never thought it- I have learnt a million things about publishing etc etc and surely it is better to try and fail than never to try at all – like one author whose name escapes me said if you don’t fail how do you “find your parachute”- you know that thing that saves you in life. Writing is like that. I think Norbet Platt’s quote as above is very apt! writing does help us regain our equilibrium!