HI, Cheryl, Dory and Kathy!
Dory and Kathy, sounds like you’re both keeping yourselves busy and productive.
I’ve managed to meet my 2-hour a day writing goal each day. As with last week, I’m going through my 3 novellas and 3 short stories with another round of editing. It seems like my writing has gotten much better, thanks to my wonderful beta reader (she’s finished going through one of my historical novels chapter by chapter). For this round of edits, I’m making lots of comments and doing some revising to add depth the the stories. I expect to do one more edit/revision round after finishing with this round to address the comments I’ve made. Then I’ll do another search for frequently used words and phrases (my characters are doing a lot of breathing – reacting by taking deep breaths and exhaling). I’ll have to use my copy of The Emotion Thesaurus to rewrite expressing the emotions I want to express.
One of these days, I’ll be finished editing these manuscripts . I’ve put a lot of time into them but think the writing will be better for it.
I did manage first drafts for 2 short romances that I will submit to Woman’s World Magazine. Now I have to cut them down to not more than 800 words. The first draft for each one ended up being about 950 words. The challenge is to cut them down to fit the word limit without losing the story.
I’m also reading “Frugal Book Promotion” by Carolyn Howard-Johnson. It’s very helpful. Marketing is not one of my strong suits, but I see that it’s a skill that can be learned.
I’ve never had a clear idea on what a platform is for an author. In the writers’ groups I belong to on Facebook, lately I’ve been telling writers who are discouraged not to give up and that it’s never too late (I didn’t start writing until 2 years after I retired and was 66 at the time). Most of what I write has an element of hope in it. Maybe I can speak on and write non fiction about “don’t give up” and “it’s never too late.” I didn’t think of that until I started reading this book.
Also, perhaps I can speak and write non fiction on historical research. I’ve learned a lot about researching and resources in doing genealogy and historical research for my novels.
Anyway, my goals for this week are to continue editing and to shape my sort romances so I can submit them to Woman’s World.
Have a good week!