Thursday, November 14, 2019

In the Thick of It...


The days are packed. Mostly with grown-up stuff. Grading essays. Going to and from work. Walking those desperately needy dogs.

There's also been a lot of good stuff going on. Mackenzie turned 21!!!!

My agent likes the first five chapters of my novel!!!

We have an improv show this Saturday!!!

Yet, around us, there's been bad things happening. Today, a 16 year old murdered two students and injured several others. This happened at Saugus High School, about ten miles our neighborhood. So, we've been feeling sad and subdued today.

I'm thankful to be alive. I'm thankful that my family is alive and well. It's not fair that today there are other families that cannot say the same thing.

But here I am, doing what I do. Typing on my blog. I'm sitting in my office at Moorpark College, and as soon as I'm done writing, I will attempt to grade my daily quota of six essays. It makes me think of that sad Robert Frost poem, "Out, Out--"

Little --- less --- nothing! -- and that ended it.
No more to build on there. And they, since they
Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Revising My Novel: Tips for Sensational Second Drafts

I'm continuing my YouTube Journey... If you'd like me to keep on making these videos, you can help me out by Subscribing to my channel!

If you are writing a novel for NaNoWriMo -- I wish you all the best. Leave a comment and let me know how it's going!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

ADVICE FOR NEW NOVELISTS: 4 Tips to Help You Write Your Book

I've been very ambitious with my YouTube videos lately.  The last couple have been playing for laughs, but I really did want to offer some genuine advice and encouragement to newer writers who have decided they would like to write a novel.

I'd love to keep making these sorts of videos, but starting on Monday I'll have another batch of essays to grade!  We'll see what that does to my creative output!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Second and Third Drafts -- Simultaneous Revisions

My middle grade fantasy is still progressing. I am one third of the way through the second draft, and about one eighth of the way through the third draft.

How can I be working on the second and third draft at the same time? Simple. The second draft is all about me and the page, revising the novel chapter by chapter, making it the best i can all by my lonesome. The third draft happens orally. I have been reading it out loud to my eldest daughter. (I hope she doesn't mind being my first audio book beta-reader.)

Reading my work out loud to another person helps me understand what works and what doesn't. If Mackenzie laughs at the funny parts, I know I'm on the right track. If she gasps at the exciting parts, then i know I'm raising the stakes at the right moment. Even when she isn't verbally responsive, I'm still getting a good third draft done because just by me reading it out loud is incredibly helpful to me. It really helps with the sentence clarity and the over all flow.

Well, enough blogging! Back to the revision!