I follow a number of blogs. One of the ones I actually read when it comes into my email box is The Passive Voice. The tag line for this blog is “A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing.” The Passive Voice finds interesting articles and blog posts that bear on publishing. They are usually short but have links if you want to read the original.
Today when I am immersed in revisions to my novel, and have nothing thoughtful to say, I suggest you check out The Passive Voice. There’s always something interesting and thoughtful there.
This week I finished the first revision of my novel. I am full of gratitude to Mary Ann who read and commented on all the things that needed to be fixed. The plot points that never went anywhere, the parts where I was writing in “screenplay” and forgetting that my reader can’t see what’s in my head, and, especially, for letting me know what worked. If you’re a writer, you know the importance of that last thing.
The stack is almost two inches tall. Four hundred and twelve pages in fifty-two chapters. It is going to be set aside for a time while a do an editing project for my husband. And travel with Laura Ambler to our Christmas shows in Indiana, Minnesota and Maine. And bake Christmas cookies. Then I will dig back in and read the manuscript with fresh eyes for changes, deletions and polishes before it goes to Mary Ann again for another pass.
Tomorrow I will be taking appetizers and two apple pies to our family Thanksgiving get-together.
I wish everyone safe travels and a lovely holiday. Hug those you love and even the ones you don’t because of what they post on FaceBook. Remember the ones not at the table this year and be grateful for family — even when that’s hard.