Gah! Tearing My Hair Out!

For those of you bemoaning my lack of presence here (or not) it’s not that I don’t like you (or love you), because I really do. I’m up to my eyeballs in work, and trying to get those damnedable first four or five chapters re-written.

I spent Monday and Tuesday of last week poring over the sentences, barely able to take anything out but adverbs. That’s because my protagonist is an intelligent person, but her brains have been reduced to ditziness after 20 odd years of marriage. It’s hard to convey those abstract qualities in few words.

Wednesday I came to my senses. Though I had eliminated 5K worth of adverbs and “thats” 170K words is about 50K too many. I took to the knife and wacked out entire chunks, paragraphs falling to the wayside willy and nilly.

Re-reading my weeding, I couldn’t make any sense of it.

I took a step back on Friday and Saturday due to nice weather. Since a week’s worth of rain was in the forecast, I had to get in grape vine pruning and raking during the two good days I had available.

By Saturday night, I was feeling quite irritated with the whole thing.  I really want to get my portion of the re-write completed by the end of May, and that’s going to be tough since 1. I’m a world class procrastinator and 2. I’m lazy. “Daunting” is not a strong enough adjective to describe this task.

In addition, there’s some truth to be said for the fact that writers are often weary of their work, especially during the re-write process. Then Saturday night, I had a dream about my book, which is good. I woke up at 3 a.m. and began to think.

Such a revelation means only one thing: I’m going to have to re-write the entire first 13 chapters from scratch, taking bits and pieces from the 50K or more words I have written to describe the first part of this journey.

So, if you’re wondering where I am, I’ll be up to my eyeballs in angst.

Finally, Finished :-)

Yup. I have typed those magic words “The End” at the end of my epic chick-lit novel.

The final tally is 175,621 words and 550 pages. I realize I will now need to edit, according to some, about 10% out.

But, I finished! I finished! I can’t believe it!

Now to celebrate with a quick trip to the mall and later, a glass of bubbly…

Oh, my God, I can’t believe I’m finished! *dances*

An Unlikely Source of Inspiration for NaNoWriMo

I receive a lot of email from all over the place. I’m happy to say that most of my mail comes from friends. I also subscribe to a few newsletters, real estate reports and postings, and other items of interest.

One of those is called the “Sales Caffeine” by Jeffrey Gitomer. Gitomer is a motivational speaker, and his line of work is sales. While my business deals more with a one-time sale, I find his books and the newsletter full of ideas that I can easily convert to practical use in my business and personal life. If anyone wants to investigate more, you can click  here.

One of the short articles in today’s newsletter pertained to business and personal success. As I read the following list, I thought it really pertained to writing, especially writing a novel. 

“And if you look at the story of John Patterson, the elements become much more clear. Here they are…

  • An idea you believe will work.
  • Clear vision of what it takes to win. “A definite major aim,” to quote Napoleon Hill.
  • Seeing the opportunity and grasping it.
  • The courage to see through the tough times.
  • The risk tolerance to see obstacles as temporary.
  • Decisiveness about the day and the issues you face.
  • Good people to help you.
  • Knowledge of what you’re doing. And a willingness to learn what’s new.
  • Wisdom from others who have done it.
  • True desire to succeed beyond money.
  • Love of whatever it is you’re doing. “

I’ve been diddling with my novel since the end of January, and am trying to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. I thought these sentiments of attaining business and personal success apply to my attempts at writing.

Woo-ie! I feel energized! Back to the salt mines!