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!
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.
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?
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! ❤
Categories: Writing Tips
Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.