theageofvalor: (song of the sea)
The question was posed to me the other night of what would happen if I couldn't write anymore. Honestly, I don't know what I would do. It has become such a part of me that it would be like losing an appendage. or having my family die in a plane crash. there are so many different little personalities in my head that if they weren't there, I know I'd have such a sense of loss over it.

When I come across a time where I'm blocked or, as I am now, having trouble with the editing process, I get moments of wishing I didn't write. Yesterday as I was sitting here trying to decide my best course of action, I was questioning if it was worth it. That was my moment of a mental tamper tantrum. Once I recovered, I recognized that all the work and frustration is very much worth it.

I am in the process of rewriting the first three chapters. This involves dissecting each one and re-piecing it together like some sort of a puzzle and have it all still flow and make sense. I hate puzzles. However, I am enjoying revisiting old scenes and expanding upon some of them. I am actually getting more solid voice in my head for Merrik. This could be because I watch a lot of Robin Hood and can now envision Richard Armitage in that role.

So, back to editing I go. Just wanted to drop in and let everyone know I am still working on things, and am slowly making progress.
theageofvalor: (luella with her sword)
When I finished my first "story" at the age of sixteen, constructive criticism was not part of my vocabulary. All throughout the writing process, I had friends reading along and were constantly telling me how good it was, and not to change a thing. As someone just starting out and knowing nothing about the literary world, I was pretty impressed with myself. I thought I might have a shot at publication. Because of this praise, I sent my completed work to an aunt of mine, someone who also wrote, to take a look at. I was expecting a letter back telling me how wonderful it was. So when I got back the chapter I'd sent her, hand written, and found it marked all over the place in red with numbers, circles, and an index of corrections and comments to go with it, I was crushed.

Fast-forward about fourteen years and I'm still a little nervous about the critiquing process. I am thankful to be blessed enough to have two talented women looking my work over and giving me honest feedback. They have been able to tell me (sometimes not so gently) when things work and when they don't. They correct my atrocious grammar, point out inconsistencies, question my intent, tell me what works, what doesn't, and how I can make it better.

With the first book of the Age of Valor series completely written and already gone through three revisions, I am working closely with my trusted editors so that this will be the last revision I'll need to do before trying for publication.

When I began this process, I expected it to be something like finding the notes, correcting, and moving on to the next point in question. What I didn't expect was how draining it would be. Rearranging and redefining things...trying to make sense of the chaos I understand but my readers would not. I expected to whip right through it. To be done in a week, tops. I'm lucky to get through half a chapter a day.

This entire thing has been such a learning process, and it's been an adventure. I can't wait for this part to be over, and to see what's coming up next.


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The Age of Valor

April 2011

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