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Rewrite

Now that everyone has finished the writing marathon, you’re probably all thinking a lot about revisions…RIGHT?

Maybe that’s just me.
Anyway! One thing I struggle most with are revisions. I can bust out a novel in a few months, but when it comes to revisions I drag and drag and drag my feet.

Today I have a few little writing tips for revisions that have helped me, and may help you, too!

Cut distractions! 
Yesterday I decided I couldn’t be on facebook anymore. It’s too distracting. I can spend hours on there, just reading nonsense. Not to mention, I read my first “fake news” article! I nearly died of a heart attack when I did. And no one needs that. So I have deactivated my account until I’m done revising my books.

Read your work aloud. 
See if you can get your boyfriend, or girlfriend, or husband, or dog, to listen to you read your revised work. When I’m revising I do this, and it actually does help a lot.

Write notes and comments to yourself, and then organize those notes and comments. 
If your’e anything like me, you write a lot of notes to yourself and a million comments. When I first started doing this, I would lose track of a comment here, or a note there. Lately though, I’ve been trying to keep everything more organized. It’s made revising so much easier.

Get someone else to read your work.
Maybe something you just wrote needs a revision, but you’re not sure where to start. Get someone else to read. Having fresh eyes is one of the best things you can have when working on a story. You don’t always need to do this after a first draft, but it certainly can’t hurt.

Please share your own tips in the comments below! 
And also, it sounds like we’re going to be having a potluck soon! Keep an eye out for more details.

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Potluck!!

I think a fabulous party is the way to celebrate. We must know, like Carol said, how many of you were able to accomplish the hour a day. And even if you tried . . . most days . . . it still counts.

I did great in spurts and then would have an off day. I did try to make up for the times I missed by going longer on other days. Next time we do this, I’m going to keep log and MAKE SURE I do every minute.

Again, let us know if you would like to join us and we’ll decide a place!

Also, the three of us are participating in this year’s Writing for Charity conference.

Writing For Charity

There will agents and writers and more writers and food! Come hang out with us!

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YAHOO!!!!

You did it!

You are amazing! Did you accomplish 32 hours of writing? Did you take weekends off?

Did you reach your goal?

While I didn’t write every day, man, I tried. And I accomplished two big things. (I had hoped for three, but I am thrilled with the two.)

So, how do you feel?

Share your goals, if you’d like. What did you do? How would you have changed this challenge? How did you get your time in? What was the easiest part of the challenge fo you? What was the hardest?

I can tell you the hardest part for me. Even though I told my family for days that I was taking the hour in the mornings, they still intruded on the hour. I whined about this with the first interruptions, then I figured out I was going to need to figure out how to work anyway.

What was the best part for you?

The best for me was knowing out there, somewhere, other people were giving an hour a day to their writing. I loved the idea of community.

Ann Dee, Kyra and I will let you know where we’ll eat. Would you love to do a potluck? That might be great fun. Go to Olive Garden again? Whatever we decide, let’s make this an annual tradition.

And remember this–YOU ROCK!

PS Guess what awaits you? REVISION!

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LAST DAY!

You have just one day–just these last few hours–to complete your writing goal of One Hour a Day.

When will that be for you?

Will you join me for one hour right after I post this blog?

 

I’ll post one more time tomorrow.

But may I just say, even if you write five times with us this last month, good for you. What we do? It’s hard. And you’ve been doing hard things.

Enjoy your last hour on this challenge.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

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TWO DAYS LEFT!

Today!

Tomorrow!

How will you finish the challenge?

We hope you’ve been writing.

I know I have tried to write Every. Single. Day.

Hint:

Put your head down.

No need to try and make up lost time. Just WRITE today.

And tomorrow.

Enjoy these last two days.

Love your words.

Love this chance.

Love your story.

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Eight Writing Days Left

How will you spend your last week + one?

Will you write every day?

Have you done well so far?

What is the biggest thing you have learned about yourself during this past writing experience?

My advice today is you can do this. Even if you haven’t written a word this whole time, you can start today and write for one hour. Each morning or each afternoon each evening. Or you can do as a dear friend of mine did and write 15 minutes at time until you have logged your one hour.

Big breath.

We’re  counting down! Eight Writing Days Left!

Can’t wait to hear what you have done!

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Thursday Hint

What does Wickland Jacqueline’s Lincoln mean?

I’m using voice recognition software because my arm has been hurting a while. I injured myself helping someone here at home. (Rick Walton used Dragon when his Parkinson’s got bad.  Now I am a fan, not because it works really well — it is great– but because my pal used Dragon.)

Anyway

when I said “wiggling and jiggling and slinking” this morning in my wrasseling book, Wickland Jacqueline’s Lincoln came out.

This hint is about revision. Don’t include it in your one hour of writing. I read a little bit of the previous day’s work before I start my next  one hour to get me back into the groove and the voice. But I don’t spend my one hour rewriting. That time is for new words.

A part of you will want to rewrite. I  get it. I want to also. But don’t. Save revision for when we all are done in just a few days.

Unless you have Wickland Jacqueline’s Lincoln. That you can rewrite.

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