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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Number 1!!!

So, this is my very first post. I've been debating a while about whether to start blogging now or wait until I actually finish my WIP, but I'm missing out on meeting some cool writers out there. I look forward to getting to know you in the days ahead.

I used to be an elementary teacher, but now I'm a SAHM to my three girls. They keep me busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere (the nearest Barnes and Noble is an hour away).

My WIP is a YA sci/fi dystopian that I 've been working on now for about a month. I'm having trouble getting past chapter 4 because of the dreaded evil internal editor. I keep going back and editing those chapters. Any advice about how to shut it up?

7 comments:

  1. How fun that I get to be your first follower AND comment :) Welcome to the blogging world. I have 3 kids too and I have a YA dystopian project (unfortunately it's one of 3 started projects and I can't decide which one to focus on right now).

    I edit as I go too, and would do it in excess if I didn't reign myself in a bit. I usually read over the last chapter I've written and then make myself write something new. Some people can write whole manuscripts without editing--I am not one of those people.

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  2. Hi, I came by to say thank you for following my blog and now I see I get to comment on your very first post :) Congratulations on reaching out and connecting. I responded to your comment about teaching, but I'll just say again that I'm also somewhat a sahm, at least until the fall. I'll have to pick up the subbing because my two-year old will be starting preschool :(

    As for your post, my best advice is push past the internal editor. You really have to finish, at least the first one, or else you may grow bored, get a new idea, never move forward and end up with several incomplete manuscripts. I'm not published so I may be way out in left field, but what I do is skip ahead and write the next "big" scene if I get stuck. Just leave it untransitioned. Keep doing that until you reach the end and then go back and edit your heart out, adding in the transitions. I'm about 75 pages into my fourth book, and it does get easier :)

    Anyway, I could ramble on forever, but that's what my blog is for! Good luck and hope to see you again :)

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  3. Welcome to the blogging world! I've met some amazing people and I'm sure you will too. :) Us writers are very supportive of each other.

    I agree with Diana. Keep writing the big scenes and connect and edit them later. Thats what I did with my first book. :)

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  4. Thanks for the comments! I see that I just need to push through and get the first draft done, which is hard for me because I'm such a perfectionist at heart.

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  5. Welcome to the blogosphere! I hope you'll find blogging to be as useful and fun as I have. There is a great community of writers hanging around here. :)

    As for the internal editor, I had trouble with that too. What I did was tell myself to just write something. Some words on the page are better than none. That internal editor will get her shot to fuss once the first draft is done.

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  6. I love meeting new authors in the blogging world! Welcome!

    I am not the one to give advice, seeing as how I am unable to squealch my own internal editor. I'm learning that the best way is to hold yourself accountable to someone else. Your critique group, if you have one, or just your blog followers.

    Good luck though, I look forward to reading more from you!

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  7. Wow, I love finding blogs right from the beginning. I've only been at this for about 3 months so I'm still getting the hang of it myself, but I just wanted to say Hi and that I'm glad I can be a follower right from the start!

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