I realize I haven’t been posting much lately. I have returned to my blue collar job after being off for many months. At present I am trying to figure out how to adjust my schedule to account for writing, editing, and blogging in my free time. Please bare with me while I attempt this reorganization. And I thank all of you who have been persistent in checking up on the blog. You are all invaluable to me.
I know I have already linked to David Farland’s website before. But it seems crucial to me that I must do it again.
Because this post “Boosting Your Prose” is an unbelievable wealth of storytelling, and editing info. So much so that I have created Excel checklists off of his own lists.
Now I realize that running through these lists is going to add an exorbitant amount of time to my own editing process. However, in the long run I believe that the finished product will be much, much better. Really that’s the point isn’t it? We as writers want to create the best product we possibly can before submitting it to the world, or a publisher.
This was a hard lesson to learn for me. In some ways I am very impatient. I want to be done with a project as fast as I can. The first book I wrote “Losians Offering” is a good example of this rush. It’s honestly not very good. It will take a lot of work to make it better. Perhaps some day I will have the time for it. But for now I am moving forward with my current work in progress.
Now I clearly see the errors of that philosophy. This is something that can never be rushed. In the end I know I will be much happier with the results, even if it takes till the end of the year, or longer.
So yet again I must stress how wonderful “Boosting Your Prose” is. Please pass this info to any of your writer friends or contacts. Even if you don’t care for my blog, just pass along the link. I’m not looking for publicity here, I just think that this is too valuable a post to ignore. I would love for any other writer to use it to their benefit. Because let’s face it, as writers we want to learn and improve. As readers we want to read good stories.