Thursday, March 12, 2009

Middle of Revisions

I'm in the middle of revisions for my third book, A Forever Christmas (Steeple Hill Love Inspired, Nov. 2009). I've been pretty much working around the clock--well, up until last night. Last night I just couldn't keep going after dinner. And the same thing happened tonight. But normally (during this deadline, anyway), I've been working from right after the kids leave for school until they come home. Then I work some more while they're doing homework. Then I take a break and start back once the kids go to bed. I've been working until 1 or 2 am.
And I think I'm a little more than 3/4 of the way through the book! I've got notes on all the changes I need to make, and I'm checking them off as I go. I tried one more time to dive in for a little while tonight, but I'm at one of the harder tasks and realized I need to be fresh to tackle it. So that's where I'll pick up first thing in the morning.
One thing it seems I have to revise on every book is at the end, where the hero or heroine realizes he/she is in love and wants a relationship with the other character. I usually jump too quickly into that and forget to show the gradual growth toward the realization.
So... that's tomorrow's assignment: work in the realization sooner. And make sure the hero and heroine have talked about their past before that point as well.
Then hopefully, I'll learn and do it the first time next time!
Okay, your turn. Do you know the weaknesses in your writing? Have you tried working on them? Have you conquered them? Please share, and maybe we can all learn!
Missy Tippens


  1. Oh no, I have no weaknesses in my writing. It's all strong. Good.

    Yeah right. I think I've said before that conflict tends to be a problem for me. And like you, Missy, I think growing the relationship can be overlooked. Probably because in our minds they're already together. We know the end :-)

  2. Good point, Mindy! I'm so ready for them to get to that happy ending (and I already have that scene in my mind) that I forget some of the journey. :)

  3. OH yeah. One of my many weaknesses is redundancy. I got thumped on that when an agent took a second look at my work.

    Learning experience. I've grown a bunch from it, but still struggle with it.

    That's where crit partners come in handy, huh?

    Great post today! Keep pluggin' away at that book, sister!

  4. Thanks, Lynn!!

    I finally worked through that spot today. Or at least part of it. I'm heading into a pretty critical scene right now but wanted to check in the blog first. :)

  5. Missy,
    Let's see. Where do I begin? Setting? Plotting? Tense?
    Hmmm...anyway, I"m reading that great book Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell..great book.

  6. Lindi, that's so not true! You're just feeling that way right now.

    I have that book but have only glanced through it. I need to take some time and actually study it. I've heard great things about it!