HOW’S THE WRITING GOING?

Hey all you fantastic writers out there.  How’s it going?  Writing hard?  Or hardly writing?  

Boy, I’ve hit a lull, that’s for sure.  I mean, I’m done with two of the three novels in my trilogy, right?  NOT. Well, what I mean is, they are technically “done”, meaning I have a beginning, middle and end; however, I’m still putting the flesh on and it’s still getting critiqued.  But I’m not sure what to start on next?  Just focus on the edits?  Begin the third novel (I’m starting to get some ideas about it)?  Take a break and just do some reading separate from my work?  

I really actually like the editing process.  I get to read and re-read my project, tweak, fine tune.   But how much is too much editing/reviewing/changing?

I have a fantastic critique group that’s been helping me tremendously.  I wish I could send a chapter every day; however, that would be a bit overwhelming, I’m sure.  I’m glad to say that my critiques are getting less frustrating to read.  “What do you mean?” you might ask….well, my first critique was the hardest to read (but VERY needed!) because it said my POV (point of view) was all messed up.  

Heck, I didn’t even know what Deep Point Of View meant until I read that feedback.  Well, I am getting less and less notes that my POV has slipped.  So, I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks, huh?  Just kidding.  So, each time I get a crit back, I’m anxious to read it and revise, crazy, huh?  

For so long, I as alone in my writing, nobody knew I was writing (except my hubby of course), and I didn’t know what I was doing.  I still don’t know everything (do we ever though, really?) but I’m making strides each day toward something bigger than me.  So, we’ll see where God takes it, huh?

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4 Responses to HOW’S THE WRITING GOING?

  1. Elohor says:

    Hi Sheri,

    I feel you, though i also dont know what deep point of view is, i am a newbie. I am also active in my local church. It was nice reading hows the writing going. Take care. (sorry i haven’t uploaded my pix yet).

  2. Michele says:

    This entire process has been fascinating. Thanks for sharing! Writing has always seemed quite magical to me and yet it’s really like anything else. You do it, you get feedback, you practice, you do it again and you get better and better over time. You’ve taken this God given talent, you’ve embraced it and you’re diligently working with it to bring glory to Him. Awesome!

  3. Kat says:

    Deep point of view? I think I know what you mean, but…please elaborate. 😉

    Writing and developing a story, characters, scenes is a lot of work, but it’s so much fun. Even the research to make fiction more realistic is a great time if you stretch your imagination far enough to imagine yourself or your characters in the setting you’re researching.

    I think fiction writers are the luckiest people in the world.

  4. Kat:
    Yeah, I said the same thing when I first heard Deep Point of View. It’s interesting, because I first thought it resembled First Person….so I was like, “well, why don’t I just write first person?” It’s a strange technique of “being in the person’s head. Yeah, strange, but with this Deep POV you can hop heads–it’s pretty cool.

    I saw my first crit of my first chapter and it said:

    What you’ve done thus far is tell the story as if from the angle of a camera, outside of Shelby, watching her. The camera needs to be inside Shelby’s head instead

    That was a really good way to describe it. Oh, Shelby is my main character by the way. You can see my Work in Progress tab to see a little about my book.

    So, I’m liking the Deep POV so far, but I’ll try First Person too, maybe on my next project:-)

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