After a marvelous Canada day long weekend it’s time to get back at it. I don’t think I have to explain to anyone how difficult it is to get back to work after a four-day weekend. If I do then I feel sorry for you. I didn’t do any writing this weekend. That’s right, you read correctly. None. Zilch. Nada. Zip. Zero. I took the entire weekend off. Sort of.
I did get a great critique on the first fifty pages of my novel from a new networking partner, and I was surprised to say the least. I’d had several people read the full manuscript and even more read the first 10 – 50 pages, and yet none of them touched base on any of the comments my critiquer had. Now I have to go back and review those pages and the rest of my manuscript. Whether or not I make those changes doesn’t matter, as long as I review them.
As any writer learns – sometimes the hard way – critique is great, it helps you mold your novel into something better, however, in the end it’s up to you to take what you will from it. Not all critique is good and not all of it is bad, but it all needs to be taken into consideration. In the end you need to remember it’s your project, no matter what anyone says. Each reader has his/her own opinion and will have things they want you to do differently. But it’s still YOUR project. The important thing to take away from the critique is their thoughts and opinions. Whether or not you use them is up to you, but don’t discard them as nothing. After all, they may see something you don’t. We as writers are so close to our work sometimes it’s hard to hear critique, as it was for me this weekend. It’s a part of learning however, and it’s unavoidable.
However, I’m not ready to review those thoughts on my MS just yet. I’m going to continue to work on the next book in the series SHIFT. Why you ask? Because I’m still a little tired of working on EXILED and I’d really like to get away from it for a bit longer. The fact is I’ve worked on Exiled for the past 15 months and I really need a break. It’s true I had breaks in that 15 month period, some as long as 6 weeks, but again, as any writer knows you need to put your material away sometimes and come back to it later to really look at it objectively when everything isn’t so fresh in your mind. If you don’t, sometimes you skim over obvious mistakes just because you know what’s supposed to be there. So in an attempt to look at my book objectively, and I mean extremely objectively this time, I’m keeping it away for, at the very least, another week. When I feel I’m ready to really look at it, possibly rip it all apart again, and maybe even do more revising, I’ll look at it then. For now, the book is settling. Who knows, maybe before I have a chance to review and revise it another time I will have heard back from an agent with some possible interest. Plus, I don’t want to over work the book. There will always be new ideas for the book roaming in and out of my mind and believe it or not it is possible to over edit your project.
In other non-writing news, I started watching the seasons of Entourage on the weekend (I know I’m years behind). I am without-a-doubt absolutely addicted. I’m already halfway through season two and I just started it late Saturday night.
For all those new and old to the site, I’ve updated the blogroll on the right side of the page. I’ve included many of the blogs Ifollow from literary agents and editors. There is a wealth of information in all of them and I suggest if you have any questions about the writing business that you check them out. Read as much of each of them as you can stand, then read some more. I think there is one thing you can never have too much of as a writer, and that is information. Know the world your trying to do business in, learn the ins and outs of the industry and get first hand opinions, advice, and thoughts from successful agents that work in the business and belive it or not, know what they’re talking about.
Tune in next time. Same Matt time, same Matt channel.