Sunday, May 6, 2012

A-to-Z Reflections Post & Dust It Off Day 3

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:


May 7th A to Z Reflections Post

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. 

37 comments:

  1. Loved your A to Z theme and so glad I was able to be a buddy of yours during the challenge :D I plan on stalking your blog BTW. :)

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    1. Lol. Thanks! And stalk-away! I'll be stalking yours! :)

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  2. Your A-Z theme was genius, and I learned LOADS from it! :D

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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed the A-Z, and look forwards to seeing what you do next year. I had a lot of fun reading yours, it was very informative.

    Your lesson from your shelved manuscript is a very valuable one, and one I'm trying to work into my own WiP edit. Cutting words is hard.

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    1. It's not easy, but it's getting easier. :D

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  4. Cutting is one of my big things. I'm hoping with that all I've learned over the past 6 months, my writing is better so now I don't have to cut so much with my current WIP.

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  5. I enjoyed your A to Zing and loved what you dusted off and shared with us! Cutting back is always hard.

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    1. Thanks! It is hard but it's getting easier!

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  6. I loved your theme and looked foward to your posts each day! Glad I found you here in the blogosphere. :)

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  7. i learned a lot from your idioms! thanks!

    and for dust it off, i learned i hate editing and the process takes a lot longer than i thought!

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    1. You're welcome! And yeah, editing takes a lot longer than I thought, too.

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  8. Learning how to edit is the sign of becoming a more mature writer. You're no longer at the stage where you feel every last word is precious and perfect and has to stay no matter what. I took a lot of old junk out of my first Russian novel when I was editing it a decade after completing it, and while it's still extremely long, now none of that length is bloat or clutter, and the entire storyline is tighter because of all the junk I chucked out.

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    1. I hate to see so many words go, but it does make the story tighter!

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  9. Your A-Z challenge theme was so fun! I learned a lot with it ;)
    Ugh, adverbs ... I'm guilty there too LOL

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    1. I'm glad it helped with those English learning skills. :D

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  10. This is so true! I had to do the same thing and cut about 15,000 words from my first WIP and it made the book that much stronger! Now I'm more careful to make sure what's in my writing is absolutely necessary. If not, I cut it! Thanks so much for joining us, Jaycee!! :D

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  11. Hundred new followers - that's great! Yeah, it is a lot of work but a lot of fun.

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    1. Yes, I was very excited about the new followers and new friends!

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  12. Gee, I'm so behind that I haven't posted yet on what A to Z meant to . I am back blogging though! I enjoyed your idiom theme, and agree that doing the A to Z challenge was worthwhile!

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  13. Congratulations on finishing :) I really enjoyed your A - Z, even if I was a little slow at commenting! They were so interesting and I really learnt a lot, so thank you :D

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  14. I enjoyed following along. Thanks for an interesting month!

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    1. And thank you for all kinds of great myth information! I learned so much from everyone!

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  15. OUCH! That's a lot to cut. Good work on getting it down to the appropriate size.

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    1. Yeah, it was painful, but necessary. Thanks.

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  16. I'm hearing a lot about bloggers not getting a large number of followers. I didn't get that many either but I hadn't thought about it until I read so many other comments.
    Interesting.
    Great job on the challenge and thanks for your support.
    Heather

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    1. Stormy was awesome! I loved reading about him! Thank you!

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  17. Those darn adverbs! Still I know the 10,000 words you cut were not all adverbs. And that is a lesson I need to learn, how to let go. I cringe when I have to delete a scene or even a sentence.

    Thanks for hopping along with us. I really enjoyed your posts. Good luck with Entangled and keep us updated. Because as soon as I can purchase this story I will!

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    1. Thank you so much for your confidence in me. I'm not so confident, but I'm trying. :D

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  18. I thought your A to Z theme was clever, and I learned a lot! Thanks! :D

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