And when I say way too much, what I mean is an obscene amount of “indeed” abuse. Nobody needs to say “indeed” that much. Come on, Heather. Head in the game.
So far I have done an extremely high level edit of the first three chapters. Other than overuse of the word indeed, I’ve discovered:
1. Far fewer semicolons than anticipated
2. Lots of “glancing” and “gazing”
3. One paragraph that made me pat myself of the back and say, “damn girl.”
I try to avoid that kind of behavior, as Lord knows it leads to torn rotator cuffs and pigheaded-ness. But damn. I can be on point when I try.
So, my game plan is to do a high level edit on the computer, print, edit by hand (catch those embarrassing typos that read “she grabbed the peen” instead of “she grabbed the pen”), and then do another computer edit.
I’m giving myself until mid-May to do this.
As a reward to myself for finishing the novel, I treated myself to the purchase of a new binder for hard copy edits and new pens. Because, you know, other than wine and cupcakes, that’s my favorite reward. My plan was not to tell The Hubs. It’s my money and its my novel. And besides, he’d point out all the binders and pens I already have.
So, of course, I promptly sent the text to him and not to my mother, squealing about my new office supplies.
So, in the meantime, my novel and I are stepping out for two upcoming promo stops! Mark your calendars, kids, because things are getting real:
February 10th through 13th – The Marketing for Romance Writers Mainstream Romance Blog Hop! The theme is “firsts” so I will be blogging a “first look” at my novel, Anything You Ask of Me. If you’ve been wondering what it’s all about, this is the blog to read. And hey, if you’re a romance writer, MFRW is the place for you! Click here for more info!
And guys. There will be a prize during the blog hop. It’s not cupcakes. But it’s awesome! Stay tuned.
On March 10, I will be guest blogging on Delilah Devlin’s site. More details forthcoming, but for more info on Delilah, click here. I’ve taken several workshops with her and am a member of her online writer’s groups. She’s awesome!
There’s a lot in the works, that’s for sure. Thank God I bought so many pens.