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Solo, but never alone

Times like #RT16 are a perfect reminder that even though writing can be a very solitary activity, we’re never actually alone. I am so grateful for every one of these ladies! ?

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Sending your words into the world.

The first edit of SSN, printed out.

So you wrote a draft. An entire book! Good for you! You’re officially a more accomplished writer than 95% of the people who attempt to write a book. But… now what?

Now is the time to send it out into the world. Not to agents and editors and contests, but to other writers and trusted friends and family. You send it out with the hope that they’ll be able to show you some of the plot holes you never noticed, catch the character discrepancies you accidentally threw in there, and help make this book ready to face the gauntlet of the publication process.

That’s where I am right now.

Last night I finished my last-check read-through of TDWS Book 2 and sent the file off to a few people, most of whom haven’t read book 1. That may seem like a strange thing to do, but one thing I want to check is, can you understand what’s happening in book 2 without reading the first one? If you happened to pick this book up first, would everything make sense?

Now that the book is out in the world, I have to wait. And hope. Hope the people I sent it to love it, hope I didn’t miss anything that would cause the entire plot to collapse, and hope all my kind volunteers have the time to read it before I need notes back at the end of the month. But that’s a lot of what publishing is. Waiting. I’ve never been the most patient person, but I’m getting better at playing this game as time goes on. It helps that I’m also really good at keeping myself busier than I need to be. While my wonderful agent and my beautiful volunteers read book 2, I will be immersing myself in a different world and trying as hard as I can to finish this fantasy project of mine.

*takes a deep breath and disappears*

Writing: Landmark Moments

I realized this morning that a landmark moment passed yesterday without nearly as much pomp and circumstance as it deserves. I’m going to try to make up for that now.

Yesterday, I hit The End on my second first draft in the last ten days! No, this doesn’t mean I wrote two full manuscripts in ten days, but I did write the endings to two books and therefore moved two more projects from the “ideas that may or may not ever get finished” pile to the “Yay! It’s done!” pile. In this instance, it just so happens the two books exist in the same universe, so I feel even more accomplished than usual. One of them is the novel Lani and I have been collaborating on, the other is one that I began before my project with Lani–but somewhere in the middle of writing we decided to connect the two stories with a couple of secondary characters. Neither first draft is anywhere near polished (my solo book is missing a subplot and our collaboration went off on a tangent halfway through, so we need to go back and rewrite the first part), but finishing a first draft is still a certain measure of success, one I feel the need to commemorate.

Anyone have any recent writing successes they want to share? Sometimes we don’t have people in our lives who appreciate the thrill of some of our small successes, so share them here and I’ll celebrate with you!

Random: Google And Cracked

Right now I am experiencing the joy of new love with Google Drive. I’ve been using Documents to Go for my file synchronization for a few years now, and for most of that time it worked perfectly. Recently, though, we’ve been having some problems. Then I heard about Google Drive.

Google Drive gives you 5 GB of free storage that will automatically sync to any PC, Mac, or Android based mobile device (iOS coming soon) with the Drive app installed. So far, it works like a dream and has simplified my file sharing system immensely. Speaking of file sharing, Drive also gives you the option to share files, folders, or your entire drive with individual users or the entire interwebs. While I don’t plan on making my first drafts public domain at any date in the foreseeable future, this is an amazing tool when collaborating on a novel with another writer who lives on the other side of the country! (I’m staring at you, Lani!!) I’ll let you know if I run into any problems that dim my fondness for this program, but right now the desktop applications are nearly perfect and with a couple of upgrades, the mobile apps will be too.

Now, because I’m still low on time, here are some articles I think you might find amusing, all found on Just a warning, though, these contain foul language to some degree.

7 Commonly Corrected Grammar Errors (That Aren’t Mistakes)

18 Images You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped

5 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be The Exact Opposite

The 5 Depressing Lessons We Learned From Highlights Magazine

Writing: Collaboration

People have this image of writing as this solitary art where a writer is locked away in an office or bedroom or within their own head for weeks or months or years trying to get their ideas down on paper. While this image isn’t exactly wrong, it isn’t always right either. Everyone needs friends; writers are no exception. Sometimes, though, what’s even more awesome is having a partner.

My friend Lani Woodland and I have recently decided to try collaborating on a new project. I have never worked with anyone on a novel and it’s especially difficult in this case because Lani and I live on opposite coasts of the country. We’ve only been working on it for a couple of days, but so far I’m enjoying the change.

With a writing partner you are guaranteed to have someone to bounce ideas off of, someone who will care whether or not you add the main character’s cousin to that one scene in chapter four, someone who won’t think you’re crazy when you start spouting off sections of dialogue to see how it rolls off your tongue. That kind of energy can help spur you forward in your writing, to get through your section so you can pass it off and see what your friend will return to you.

Of course, it’s not all good times. Conflicts can crop up in a myriad of places and unless you have a clearly defined decision-making method, you may get stalled more often than you want. More likely than not, you and your writing partner will argue over style, dialogue, characters, and even punctuation if you’re feeling particularly contentious. However, if you have enough common ground to stand on, the resulting story or novel could be something beautiful neither of you could have created alone.

How will co-writing work for me? So far, it’s fantastic! Now I just have to wait and see how the rest of the story unfolds from here.

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