So About This Thing Called Writing

Writing is hard! Oh I’m not complaining mind you but I just needed to get that out real quick because I think that some people who don’t write for a living believe that writing is super easy. I know this because I get comments from people such as “you don’t have anything to do because all you do is write”, or “oh that’s not so hard, all you have to do is put words on a page”, or possibly the most frustrating of them all specifically in terms of being an editor, “oh you’re only correcting people’s spelling and grammar mistakes which is something you love to do anyway so it shouldn’t be that hard”.  Let me say this! Just because I love to do something and am passionate about doing said thing does not mean that it is easy once that thing then becomes the way that I make my living.

Don’t get me wrong, I chose this (well really, writing chose me but I digress) so I am completely okay with the hard work and dedication that it takes to be a writer and freelance editor and to write full length novels in the effort to have them published.  I am not just aware but rather I take pride in that hard work and dedication. What I take issue with is those who don’t understand that it is in fact hard work and dedication that goes into being a writer, especially a full time writer.

I have people who don’t understand that during November (the month of NaNoWriMo, and really October as well (Prep-Tober) I will not be quite as available for idle chit chat or random nothingness of conversation. It’s not that I don’t love them and perhaps want to talk or catch up but I am serious about my writing and November is one of the only months where I can solely (or mostly anyway) focus on writing my novel and not just on editing other people’s work.

Then I also have people who want me to lower my rates for editing a project for them and then proceed to tell me that the person who edited the first project they had did it for a considerable amount less.  Maybe they charged in a different way (flat rate and not hourly as I charge) but regardless my time is equally as important as theirs and to tell me that it should only take a couple of hours or maybe four to edit something is presumptuous of them as if they are the only project I have and as if I don’t take care in my work and don’t just rush through it. 

So that is my Monday rant for this week and I’m sorry but it was something that I really needed to get off my chest. I hope all of you (well those who are not writers) out there truly understand that writing and/or editing is not easy nor is it something that can be rushed through and the writers and editors that you work with and hire deserve to be paid for their hard work and effort that they put into your project. Now if you are also a writer then I hope that you don’t also find yourself having to explain the time that you spend on your writing and having to rationalize how much your writing services may be worth.  I wish you all well today and everyday.  Until next time… #BeGrateful #BeMindful #BeAppreciative

 

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NaNoWriMo Day # 29: The Final Push

So by now if you are not already finished your 50,000 word goal then you are very close.  So why not take a few minutes to start imagining what the cover of your book is going to look like.  Even those of you who are not as close as you thought you would be to the end goal.  Think about your story and what the best way to depict that story within a picture would be.  How do you want your readers to view your story for the very first time?

Visualizing the end product sometimes helps give us that final push that we need to make it across the finish line and accomplish our goals.  So if it takes seeing your book cover and visualizing your book in the hands of your readers to get you through to tomorrow night and get you over that goal line, then daydream just a little while (really only a small amount of daydreaming—don’t get carried away here) about that vision.

You’re really almost there, just one more day.  You can do this.  And for those of you who are already there, you’re all finished up and ready to jump straight into the editing phase, just shut that inner editor living in your head off for just a few more days.  You want to take a few days away from your novel before getting into editing it.  Going into the editing phase with fresh eyes and a fresher perspective is not only better for you and your inner editor, but in the end better for your overall story.

 

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NaNoWriMo Day # 5: Resist the Urge You Have to Edit What You Have Done So Far

You’ve spotted a scene at the beginning of the story that you are dying to change.  You notice some things that you didn’t include that need to be in there that will enhance the view the readers get of your character and you may have even seen a couple of unnecessary things that you need to take out.  As tempting as it is for you to go back and edit that scene (or those couple of scenes), DON’T DO IT!

NaNoWriMo is a month for the first draft, the first imperfect draft.  There is no editing in this month.  If you start editing things now, you won’t be able to stop and you will end up losing momentum and falling behind in your word count.  I know what you’re thinking.  “Wouldn’t that add more words to my word count overall?”

Yes, true enough it would do that, but it would also throw your word count off.  Suddenly you would have to figure out what words you counted are now deleted and what words you added should now be counted towards your overall word count tally.  I know that in your mind you see all kinds of improvements that need to be made already but resist the urge.  Trust me, you will have plenty of time to edit later.  That’s what December is for!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day 20: When Business Trumps Art

As a person who not only writes fiction for a living but who also edits fiction as well I find it sometimes hard to separate myself from the work that I am editing.  This is most evident on the days that I am unable to write on my own novel.  I am at the tail end of editing project on another work of fiction by one of my more steady clients and it is one of those stories that just captivates you and pulls you into wanting to learn more and more about its characters.  I wish I could tell you more details about what is so amazing about this story but its confidential.  I am still trying to get my word count done for today but I am just so moved by the work that I’m editing and after all business is still business and I must make money.  Hopefully I will have more to tell you about what’s going on in my own novel tomorrow.  Until next time…Do you think your novel will pull your editor in? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day 8: The Depth of a Character

You ever get to a point where you realize that you could’ve added something way back in chapter three but you’re already heading towards chapter seven and you want to go back and start adding to that section.  However, when doing National Novel Writing Month they tell you not to edit, or go back, just keeping writing and worry about editing in December.  So I am trying to stick to that and I have but it’s hard to resist the urge.  I was reading a blog post by my best friend and fellow NaNo-er about getting so wrapped up in her characters that she has a new favorite one from day to day and while I am perfectly happy with my main character Mackenzie, I wonder if I am bringing enough depth to the other characters to give the readers an option of liking someone other than Mackenzie.  I am thinking about the other major players in the story and thinking should I go back and now reveal more of their back story, because while I know their history and all their secrets and pet peeves, the readers need to engage with them also.  I tend to pour all of the depth into the main character which can be good (I’ve read plenty of books where that works) but then maybe I should leave well enough alone.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and decide in December when the editing phase begins.  Mackenzie is really relatable though, although I might be a tad bit biased.  Until next time…Are your characters everything that you want them to be? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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