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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Weekly Writing Recap

Major Revision/Rewrite of Violets & Violins
Status: 101,000 words out of 100,000

Words added/rewritten this week: 3,000

I'm coming up on the end of the rewrite. I still have a few chapters from the previous version to revise and add to this one, but then I'll be ready to move to editing and cutting.

I received feedback from one of the contests I entered. As usual, I found the comments helpful. Two judges pointed out a weak point in my synopsis, and one shared an idea that will make the story much stronger. Wow! I'm eager to incorporate the suggestion that judge gave, which will overcome the problem. Contests help me in many ways, and I'm grateful for generous judges willing to share their expertise as well as their time.

One week from today, Gwynly and I will move our one and only into her dorm. The Fashion Queen and I have much to do in preparation for her move, so she's my priority this week. All too soon I'll have more time to myself than I'm used to. For now, helping my daughter begin a new chapter of her life takes priority. This milestone only comes once.

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Have you gone through any major transitions in life? How did you deal with them?

Have you received helpful contest feedback? How did you incorporate it in your story?


Jessica said...

I hope I deal with transitions like you, recognizing my priorities with the right attitude. :-)

I got some good feedback from the judges too! Glad you have some stuff to use to make the story better!

Jody Hedlund said...

Hi Keli,

Sounds like you're making great progress forward with the revisions! Great job! Any objective feedback from qualified sources is so good for us to evaluate. I did the same with my Genesis entries.

Hope you enjoy your last week with your DD before she moves to college! What a precious milestone! Seemed like only last week you were telling us she graduated! Boy, the summer flew by!:)

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

It's a traumatic and wonderful experience to watch your children grow to adults and "leave the nest" headed for new adventures! I think the experience is harder on their parents!

I don't have enough space to write about the changes I'm going through! Every day is something new. Sometimes it's a trial and other times a blessing.

I'm excited to be blogging with so many wonderful writer friends and sharing their journeys. Look forward to hearing your revisions are done soon and the book contract is headed your way!

Diane said...

This post is fixed! Yeah! No more funny line breaks. :O)

Terri Tiffany said...

This so so great that they gave you that good of feedback! You are one of the few people who I have read about who really gains so much from contests.
Oh I feel for you as you move your daughter into her dorm. I have one daughter and I remember that day well. It's good for a few tissues:))
Major transitions in life? too many to count--but have managed to write about most of them.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Transitions are wonderful and hard at the same time. I pray you have a wonderful week with your daughter!

Keli Gwyn said...

Jessica, I'm glad you received some good contest feedback. Hope it helps you make your story even better.

Jody, to me the summer seemed to fly. To her, it crawled. She's been busy working two part-time jobs and waiting for college. Three more work days, three days to pack and off she goes.

Donna, sounds like your life is full and not boring. I hope some of those changes are positive and that all of them ultimately work for your good.

Diane, the wonky commands you've been seeing must have come from Blogger. I did nothing. I'm just happy to hear the cyber critters are no longer goofing around with my blog.

Keli Gwyn said...

Terri, I do my best to view contest feedback as training for revisions from editors once I've sold. I worked as an assistant editor for a small textbook publisher years ago and know the comments really are meant to help, even if they aren't always couched in the softest of terms.

One of the judges, the one who gave me a great fix for my synopsis, expressed initial dislike of one of my favorite characters. This judge is the only one who's ever disliked this particular character, so I attributed her response to reader subjectivity. I'll have to deal with that once I've sold a book and readers are reviewing it, so this is practice.

Back in 2007, I submitted thirty-three contest entries and received feedback from 2-3 judges per entry. Those generous judges taught the florescent green newbie I was then so much. Through the experience of reading, analyzing and incorporating their comments, I grew as a writer. I learned that contest feedback is great training in many ways.

Sorry to go on, but I've been so blessed through my contest experiences that I have plenty to say. :)

Keli Gwyn said...

Kristen, thanks for your prayers. I waver between excitement at the wonderful adventure awaiting my daughter at a college I feel is an excellent fit for her and tears as I realize how much I'll miss her. I'm keeping tissues close at hand.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I love it when judges take the time to give real feedback with suggestions too. They are angels when they do that!!

You definitely need to concentrate on your daughter this week. You know your priorities for sure, and I wish you two all the best of fun this week as you prepare for her next life journey!!

Keli Gwyn said...

Eileen, I've been blessed with great contest judges ever since I began writing. There were a few scratch-my-head moments, but most of the feedback I've received has given me great ideas for improving my stories.

I'm awed by the generosity of writers. We're all after those limited publishing spots, and yet I've rarely found any group of people more supportive of one another. One more reason I'm happy to call myself a writer. :)

Thanks for the wishes for this roller coaster week. I find it amazing how many emotions a person can experience in a short period of time. Makes for good character study though.

Jill Kemerer said...

Oh, college. Good luck!

Yes, I've gotten good advice from contests. I've also gotten confusing advice :)

Personal question: How long do you usually write your synopses? I tend to stick with the 2 pg, double-spaced, but I'm curious how long you write yours.

Keli Gwyn said...

Jill, one reason I enter multiple contests is to receive feedback from a number of judges. I compare the notes to discover areas or aspects of my stories that seemed unclear to the majority of the judges. When I encounter conflicting information, I remind myself of the subjectivity involved in judging and consider it good training for future readers, some who will like my stories and others who won't.

The contest I entered recently allowed a five-page synopsis. Mine came in about four. I've written two-page synopses for agent submissions. I found that many have specifed length requirements in the submission criteria on the Web sites.

Edna said...

I don't write but I do sew and I really hate to get something wrong and have to rip out seams and resew them. I am not doing some machine embroidery and that really is a pain to take out if something goes wrong. Spent all morning today taking out something.


Lynnette Bonner said...

Congrats on nearing the end with your revisions. :)

Oh and college! I've still got 3 years before I have to think about letting one of mine go, so I'm sorry I don't have any advice. But I think I will be with you, keeping tissues close to hand. Praying for you, your hubby, and your daughter.

Keli Gwyn said...

Edna, sewing and writing are both creative endeavors. I can imagine how tough it must be to rip out those seams, but you're making your garment better. Thanks for the comparison.

What kinds of things do you like to sew?

Keli Gwyn said...

Lynnette, thanks for stopping by my blog. It's great to see a newly published author here.

And thanks for the prayers. Yesterday we moved our gal into her dorm. I did my best not to cry in her presence, but I pulled over soon after leaving the campus and made good use of several tissues.