This year (since the last 5K) has been filled with agent hunting, rejection letters, networking (I’ve connected with several amazing authors!) editing, editing, and EDITING–with the exception of November when I wrote 66,000 words for NaNoWriMo. I’ve learned and incorporated several techniques that have greatly improved my writing. I love learning. Love the editing process. Yes, there were days when I wanted to quit, but I kept in mind that all the editing was just taking my WIP from good to GREAT!
I’m going to break up this 5K series a little differently:
Before the Starting Line
Mile 1 to Mile 1.5 (with water break)
Mile 1.5 to 3
Bonus: .1 Miles
Crossing the Finish Line & Beyond
BEFORE THE STARTING LINE
It’s your second 5K. You quickly fill out the paperwork and send it in. You decide you should actually train more for this one. You get a running buddy who tells you she wants to run in the 5K with you!
The day of the race arrives. You’re excited. You’ve been here before. You know what to expect. You know you can do this…after all you did survive last year! You think about last year’s race, reliving the agony and the feelings of accomplishment. You gear up. Sneakers: Check. Running Uniform: Check. Several water bottles: Check. Check. One Running Buddy: Check…Oh, surprise, her brother wants to run too! You all pile in your van, chatting excitedly, and drive to the race. This is going to be great!
You set goals again:
1. Don’t be last.
2. Don’t die, get injured or throw up.
3. Run more than you did last year.
4. Beat your time from last year!!
You can’t wait to get started! But . . . It’s taking forever. The race was supposed to start at nine, but it’s already way past that. The megaphone guy hasn’t told you to go to the starting line. WAITING . . ..
WAITING . . . .
WAITING . . .
While you wait, you drink water (which cause you to visit the Port-a-Potty 5 times). You talk a lot because you’re nervous and just want to get going. You join your running group for picture time–Which you confidently and happily walk over and pose for. You’re a real runner, of course you should get your picture taken!
(Can you find me? 🙂 )
And then . . . YEAH! The megaphone guy finally woke up. “All runners to the starting line. Race starts in 5 minutes!”
Your novel is done! You go back through it with a purple pen and a highlighter. You know your novel–you’ve been here before. It’s fun to relive the story and laugh at lines you totally forgot about. But as you read, you realize you should probably hire an editor to give you “fresh eyes.”
CUTTING IN HERE: I’m sooooo blessed to have 2 amazing editors! LaJoie and my dad…I know what you’re thinking. “Your dad won’t be tough on you! He’ll think every word you wrote is wonderful!” Well, my dad is tough, and I so appreciate it. (My dad is a very talented writer!) He told me that he was scared to read BOUND because he didn’t want to have to tell me to take up knitting. But then he did read it….and was surprised at how much he LOVED it!! It was an interesting journey. Dad read BOUND out loud to me. To hear him read from the POV of a 17-year-old girl: Priceless (And super embarrassing at times…especially the kissing scenes! *BLUSHES) BONUS: having a guy’s perspective on male dialogue is awesome! All my guys sound like guys, thanks to my dad!
You search for the perfect editor. You find one and send her your novel. You start to get nervous. What if she hates it? Days go by . . .
WAITING . . .
WAITING . . .
WAITING . . .
While you wait for her response to your words and answer: You write up a query letter and a proposal and then edit those several times. You read and write. You send out letters to agents…You get rejection letters. You get your professional author photos taken. Because you are a REAL author! (Have to be prepared for when you make it!)
And then . . . The editor sends you a note. She read your whole novel and loves it! She can’t stop thinking about it, even days later. The best news, she agrees to become your editor!
LET THE EDITING PARTY START!!