Welcome to Blog Hop. If you like to read romance novels of all genres, join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…about our writing.
If you’ve arrived here via Collette Cameron http://blueroseromance.com , welcome.
A big thanks to Ronnie Allen for our questions today.
1. When do you decide that you’ve done enough editing and changes would now be making it different, not better? So it’s the time to submit.
Deciding when to let go of a story is one of the most difficult tasks for me as a writer. When I’m close to the end, I stick a Hemingway quote on my wall, “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.”
Knowing when a story is finished, letting go after checking, re-checking, and then checking once more, is tricky. There’s always one sentence that could be stronger, cadence that’s a smidgen off, dialogue that could be tightened. But when my mind begins to wander to my next story and away from my WIP, when I’m tired of rehashing the same chapters over and over, I put it away for a while and work on something else. In a week or so, I pull it out, print a hard copy, and wander outside and find a comfortable spot, or in the winter I sit in my favorite chair by the fireplace, somewhere other than my desk, and read the entire manuscript like any other book. If I can get through the entire story, and changes would be minor, it’s time.
2.) When and how do you accept change advice by rejection letters and critique partners?
When I first started writing rejections and critiques were difficult. But I’m stubborn and if someone doesn’t like my work, especially if they are knowledgeable and honest, and can point out my weaknesses, I take a few days and let their comments percolate, and then I make changes. There are times when a comment is so obvious that I slap my forehead and wonder how I let that slip by.
One of my favorite quotes is by Hemingway. The great man himself said, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.” (I’m stuck on Hemingway today). Rejections and critiques are part of the business, they make us better, force us to reside for a few hours in a magical place inside our head, a place we didn’t even know existed. And I try to remember, professionals are writers who didn’t quit.
3.) When you’re not writing, how do you spend your day or do you create your day around your writing?
I usually write six days a week, one of those is a half-day. My kids are grown and out of the house, my husband is supportive, and even though he sometimes complains about not having enough time together, he understands. If life calls me away during my normal workday, I wake up early, usually around 4:00am, and get a head start. I make a point to write six to eight hours a day. But if I have a super day and hit my 2,000 daily word goal early, I celebrate. I ride my bike, read a book for pleasure, swim, garden, or anything that’s fun and away from my office.
That’s it for me. Let’s roll over to the talented Kim Handyside and see how her writing days are spent.