Nothing is in stone until the book is published

critique exhaustion

Karalee’s Post #38 — Last week was completely exhausting for me. I wish I had the innate ability to analyze the written word and organize my thoughts like other fellow 5 writers, but I do struggle with this. When I read I get stopped at much the same places as others, but to put the finger on why is still difficult for me. Hey, I grew up simply reading a book and enjoying the story, and truth be told that’s what I still enjoy doing and do best. Undoubtedly listening to other’s critiques is always a huge learning experience for me as well. That means that the whole day was important for me, not only adding my critique into the mix.

And what I wouldn’t give to have the gift of the gab too.

As for my book’s critique, I’m letting the suggestions and comments percolate this week. Ideas and changes are circulating in my brain like a lion around its prey before the chase begins. It’s interfering with my domestic chores and trying to have some family time and down time, but I love it! Maybe I’ll make this my new definition for what makes me a writer.

And that’s what is so cool about this process. Nothing is written in stone until the book is published. I can change names, back story, the beginning, middle and end. Personality changes are as easy as deleting my character sketch and adding a new bent. The difficult part comes when those changes need to be consistently followed through in the story line. Thankfully not all of the above needs changing.

I think I can speak for all of us in that one of the major assets of last week was the brainstorming after the critiques were finished. Five minds are definitely better than one.

Nothing like 5 writers critiquing 5 novels after more than 5 months of plotting and character development drafted into a  story line close to one’s heart.

And we all agree that each and every one of our story lines are compelling.

Next week I’m on to my rewriting process. My changes will warrant readdressing my outline and some back story modifications, which of course means following them throughout the manuscript.

All said, I can’t wait for the day that my writing will be in stone! For me that is the major carrot keeping me on this path.

3 thoughts on “Nothing is in stone until the book is published

  1. Hang in there Karalee. Good work. This is a difficult moment. You might even call it the DIP. But persevere and you will come through stronger than ever. You are right to let it all percolate before you commit to changes on the page. Good luck with revisions!

    • Thanks. I feel I’m on the verge of a great story. Lots of work still, but that’s what writers do. How is your writing and screenplay writing coming along?

  2. I like the term DIP for the period immediately following the critique. That. and the advice to let it percolate before doing any rewrites is enlightening. Thanks, macswriter, and thanks to Karalee for sharing your valuable experience.

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