Three Thing Thursday

From Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

After a revision deadline of seven days, starting yet another new job {this should it be for while} and revising the end of my novel twice, I have a moment to breathe. And get back to the blog. 

Thought I’d give ya’ll three little tips this Thursday on revising. Since we’re talking about it 👊🏽 

  1. Sometimes cuts need to be made. If even its something you may not want to change. If your editor, or even sometimes your writers group, suggests something…. A lot of the times they may be able to see what you can’t. Maybe a part isn’t working, or might work better with the change. 
  2. Read out loud. If you’re revising, reading to yourself out loud can help you know if what you’ve just added connects well with your voice or character. If you’ve not read your novel in over a year, and then start edits, there’s a chance your voice may have changed a little. Or you still have a different character hanging out in your brain. It’s good to make sure it’s all cohesive. And reading to yourself out loud helps. 
  3. Give yourself time. Sometimes meeting a deadline can make your work feel rushed. You’re writing a novel, not running a race. It takes time and you should allow yourself that. Think about what you’re putting in the page, even if it is just a rewrite. Someone’s going to read that someday. It’s better to have a perfected novel than to make a deadline.         That’s all I have for now. Hope it helps you all with your rewrites !!

 

From Cheryl!

Did you guys hear that Brandon Sanderson is recording and posting his lectures on YouTube? Check it out! https://youtu.be/N4ZDBOc2tX8

My favorite part of this lecture is when he talks about how others react to hearing you’re a writer. For many, the automatic response is, “So, when are you getting published?”
But when you think about it, this response doesn’t actually make sense. There are plenty of people who get together with  buddies and play basketball once a week, but no one asks them when they’ll be starting for the NBA. They play because it’s fun, relaxing, and a good hobby. Why can’t we have the same attitude about writing? Who cares if we’re a New York Times Bestseller, or if we make enough for this to be our only source of income?
Write because you love it. Write because it’s good for you. Write because it exercises your mind and invigorates your soul. All the professional stuff will fall into place or it won’t, but what matters is that you’re creating something for you.
From LoriAnne!

Imagine how you’d feel if a reader said your book “helped me get out of the beat-myself-up cycle.” All the staring-at-the-empty-screen, revisions, and rejections would be worth it to know that something you wrote, a story that you created, was like medicine for a reader’s soul.

That’s the kind of help and hope bibliotherapy claims to be.  An article in the June 2, 2016 Deseret News explains how it works. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865655433/Novel-medicine-How-doctors-use-books-to-help-treat-insomnia-depression-and-more.html?pg=a.

I’d never heard of the term bibliotherapy. It’s a  common service offered in the United Kingdom, free of charge, through a charity and a librarian society. They have prescribed books for half a million people. It’s now gaining notice in the United States. They claim that by “prescribing” specific books for specific symptoms, they’ve been able to assist adults and teenagers as they work their way through anxiety, depression, bullying, eating disorders, and exam pressure. They report that 90% of the people who participate in bibliotherapy say it helped their emotional state, and 85 percent stated that the “books helped their symptoms feel manageable.”

The article cite studies that show that reading fiction coincides with “a heightened sense of empathy in adults and children.”

How lucky are we to be participants in something that is more than entertainment or education! We create something that shows that things can work out even when things seem broken. Reading a book can change a reader. Imagine what writing it does for the writer.

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