Where’s Silver?

Hi! I know, I haven’t been around much. I suppose you’re tired of not reading anything new or original from me in a while.

So, here’s what I’ve been up to.

Editing and rewriting, to be exact. The Heart Stone Chronicles have filled my days. I still can’t get over how Wendy Anne Darling’s Bookxeedo Book Covers made my swamp fairy nymph come to life!
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I must add that I’ve had help. Sugar and Spice spend countless hours with me in my creative room, lending me as much brain power as they can muster between them.

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Spice

It’s funny. I had a preconceived notion that planning a novel and writing it was the biggest part of my writing journey. Actually, that was the easy part. The creative flow of words on paper is just that – a creative faucet that spews forth thoughts and ideas.

Thank goodness for friends! You know friends like Melissa Barker-Simpson, who was willing to take on the job of alpha editing my novel so she could help me learn how to do my own editing.

Help like that is amazing. If you show someone how to edit, they learn from you – but when you teach someone how to edit, you’ve taught them for life!

I will never be able to thank her for all the time and effort she had invested in me. She even agreed to do the final edit of my novel! My heart is filled with thanks.

Now, editing… Hmmm.

I am learning that is where the real writing takes place. At first, I dreaded it. Then, I started reading and watching videos from other authors all about the fine art of editing.

Revising is editing and it is creative!

Besides that, I had no idea there was SO much to LEARN!

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There are all kinds of things to consider, like what POV (point of view) are you writing from? The Writersaurus.com shares a great article about the different types of POV.

There are many words we writers need to learn to avoid. Also things like passive voice!

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THEN… there are the inevitable plot holes…

Shesnovel.com has some great tips for finding and fixing those plot holes that creep into your writing.

Of course, I have had some help from some apps that have made my life easier. Do you know about the Hemingway Editor?

Hemingwayapp.com

Here is another great article from The Write Life on 25 Editing Tips For Tightening Your Copy.

And keep on editing! I’ll see you soon! ❤

57 thoughts on “Where’s Silver?

  1. Colleen, I’m happy to hear that your book is coming along. 🙂 How exciting!!! And thank you for all the great resources. I know that these are going to be useful when I do get my bottom in the chair and start writing!!!

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  2. There are some great resources here, Colleen. Thanks for sharing. We writers have so much to learn from each other and it is the support and sharing that makes the journey that much more pleasurable. Thanks, too, for my shout out! It has been my pleasure to share this adventure with you ❤

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  3. That’s great that you are underway and ready for editing and more editing! As a technical manual editor, I understand that editing part indeed. It’s a never ending job it seems. But to edit something fun and interesting woudl be fun…or more difficult I suppose if you think about it. There are more options than plain old fact: turn the thing this way, then assemble…

    How exciting for you! Congrats and good luck on this phase!

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  4. You got this! Congratulations on getting this far! I was pleased to read what you’ve been doing with your time…and you’re still helping other authors even when you’re mired in your own work. Thanks for sharing your tips and advice and the links to helpful sites. Best of luck as you continue this journey!

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  5. I know where you’re coming from, but it’s been great doing this journey with you. Just wait until we both get that book in our hands. Oh, that feeling that’s it’s so all been worthwhile. 😀
    Good to see Sugar & Spice have been helping, Colleen.
    Love to all of you.
    xx

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  6. Yes, yes, yes. I so share your editing woes and triumphs. I use Hemmingway and it`s amazing. I also keep the lists that people post on here to broaden my vocabulary, thank you Colleen. So its great news that you`re first book is nearly ready. i await with happiness for you. x

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  7. Love your posts, Colleen. When I saw the title of this one, I swore I had to harken back to the time of the Lone Ranger: Hi Yo Silver, Away! And you are doing just that! I’ve come to almost enjoy the rewriting/editing because I get ideas of how to make the stories better – and then can’t believe I didn’t see iit! Congrats!

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