Because I have lots of events that happen to fall on one day, I'm moving my Blog Me, MAYbe writing post to Tuesday, and just taking care of the Dust it Off Blog Hop and the A-to-Z Reflection today. I'm also fighting to keep my eyes open, so I'm going to keep these brief:
The A-to-Z Blog Hop was a blast, but it was a lot of work. This was my first year participating in the event, and I really enjoyed it. While it was fun to research (again, lots of work), what I really loved about this entire event was the list of cool people I met, and I really did meet some awesome people. I gained over 100 new followers and probably followed twice as many, but that's okay. I love that people came to my blog because they were interested in my research, and that many of them continue to come. I plan to participate next year for sure, although I may do something a little less work-intensive. We'll see how it goes a year from now.
Anyway, thanks to the organizers, the people who came to visit my blog, and to all the people who've enjoyed my posts. :D
For today's post, we're supposed to share what we learned from writing ol' shelvy. The most important thing I learned was to edit and cut-cut-cut out the nonessential details. In order to get this story from its original condition down to the 15,000 words max for Entangled's pitch contest, I had to remove almost 10,000 words, but I also had to rewrite almost every word that was there. Okay, not every word, but quite a few. I wrote this one when I was adverb crazy. Every page had probably ten or more adverbs. I had to cut the heck out of those. Anyway, this was a great hop and I want to thank everyone who has come around to check out my pitch and excerpt, as well as Courtney Pearson and Theresa Paolo, for organizing it. It was fun to share some of my writing, which I haven't done up to those point, really.
Note: I've been really busy this week and haven't had the time to visit many blogs and check out everyone's writing excerpts, but i do plan to get caught up as soon as I can.