WWK Blogger Paula Gail Benson has two short stories running in Kings River Life Magazine this weekend, "Pelican Spring" and "The Mama Factor." Both are Mother's Day short stories. You can read them by going to: http://kingsriverlife.com/category/kings-river-reviewers/terrific-tales/
Linda Rodriguez is a finalist in two categories for the International Latino Book Awards (given out at BEA the end of May)--one for Every Last Secret and one for editing Woven Voices: 3 Generations of Puertorriquena Poets Look at Their American Lives (with Gloria Vando, Anika Paris, and Anita Velez-Mitchell). Congratulations, Linda!
The second SinC Guppy anthology, Fish Nets, has been released by Wildside Press. WWK authors, Gloria Alden, Warren Bull, Kara Cerise and E. B. Davis have short stories in this volume, which can be bought at Wildside Press, the usual retailers and will be available at the Malice Domestic Conference. Look for "the story behind the stories" on May 1 here!
Upcoming Salad Bowl Saturdays include authors Sasscer Hill on 5/18 and Carolyn Mulford on 5/25. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, send a message to Jim Jackson at email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I Hate My WIP
After a first draft all those statements are true; but I never hate my WIP after the first draft. I know all first drafts suck—well, I’ll not speak for you, but my first drafts suck. The story I started to write morphed into something a bit different. I’ll need to delete at least 25% (backstory, irrelevant story, extraneous subplot) and add at least 25% (relevant story, beef-up subplot, insert backstory.) None of that discourages me. In fact, after I finish the first draft I am so cranked by the project that I have to force myself to put the manuscript in the drawer for a bit. If I don’t, I’ll start on draft two before I’ve had a chance to understand all the things I did wrong in draft one. That causes extra, non-productive drafts.
The point that I tip my head back and shout at the ceiling, “I hate this [explicative deleted] thing” is after I spent hours and hours and even more hours over days and weeks and months, editing the WIP. I’m talking long after I’ve solved all the plotting, character and other problems introduced in the first two or three drafts. I’ve polished this puppy until the manuscript sparkles.
Then one of my helpful critiquers points out this, that or the other flaw (or all three). That’s when I shout at the ceiling and threaten to take the blasted thing to the burn barrel and be done with it.
Which means I am getting very close to sending it to agents. You see, it’s never the big things that cause me to cross my eyes in frustration; oh no, it’s finding yet one more comma in the wrong place. (I swear they migrate between midnight and five a.m.) Or after eighty-eight thousand readers have looked through the thing, the eighty-eight thousandth and one reader points out something so obvious that I begin to wonder what other imbecilic mistakes I have made. Those are the kind of things that set off my self-esteem dissolution process.
Now I know to give it a few days and jump back in; the soup’s almost done.