Spotlight on Writing

WRITER DOUBTS VIA EDITING

Image result for free clip art writingI have been going through edits with the editor and the only thing on my mind is:

I’M A HORRIBLE WRITER!

Let’s back up.

I can’t be a horrible writer if my manuscript was picked up by a publisher….

I’M A HORRIBLE GRAMMAR-IAN!

Maybe that’s it. I’m great at writing, but my grammar skills are horrible. This is not news to me or my school teachers. I know this fact, my grades reported it, and the teachers did their fair share of reminding me, YOU SUCK!

Maybe, I should keep this secret to myself?

Too late.

I NEED TO REMEMBER ALL THESE EDITOR’S NOTES! That’s my next step. I read and re-read each edit note in hopes of remembering the lesson for next time.

GOOD NEWS!

I make the SAME mistakes – A LOT!

Deep down in the pit of my stomach, I’m hoping I’m not as bad as I think. Yet, if I am, my hope is to learn from this and make sure that I DON’T make at least half of these mistakes with the next manuscript.

FINGERS CROSSED!

 

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Spotlight on Writing

Seeing Differently

20160I’m working on the final edits for my middle grade novel, and diving into two prior picture books that I have set aside for about four months. Upon my return to their story I have edited, and tried something new. I made a small 32 page book and took EACH sentence and cut it out and taped it together in the book. In doing so I realized several sentences didn’t belong where I had originally placed them.

As you can see, not fancy at all, just a sample to get you thinking about how well it will fit in book format, how it flows, and how illustrations can be placed.

Happy writing 🙂

Spotlight on Writing

When Your Writing Sucks

I saw a call for submission for a children’s magazine the other day. I read through their theme list and immediately thought of a story I could submit. I started to prepare the submission cover letter, excited, because young children’s magazine markets have been dwindling over the years.

I opened up my story to check it over before I submitted it.  As I was reading through I changed this and that and about two pages in, I stopped.

WHAT CRAP IS THIS!?!?!?! I thought.

My story was horrible! It had good structure and a strong idea, but overall it needed a lot more work that a few edits would cover!

Thank goodness I know when my work sucks, and for knowing I can fix it and make it better.  I have learned this through writing, reading and the other facets of a writer’s life. Taking time to absorb things outside of your story can help more than we might realize.