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Okay, so it'd be terrific if I could say I've churned out twenty thousand or so fantabulous heart-wrenching words on my WIP since last we met, but that'd be a big fat lie. I haven't. On the plus side, I'm still hard at work editing an excellent book for another writer, so at least my brain hasn't completely turned to mush. Yet.
The author whose work I'm currently abetting has a ton of sometimes chilling imagination, so her books are always entertaining. Being able to help make her diamond shine as brightly as possible is very satisfying... for both of us.
Edit... or regret it! That would be my advise for any writer. Shine your baby up as much as possible before sending it out into the world.
[NO... I'm not soliciting for more clients. I WILL return to my own book as soon as possible.]
Okay, enough of that. Let's check out this month's question:
Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission response to a submission you'd forgotten or an ending you never saw coming?
Sometimes, I think writers are only kidding themselves when they think they're completely in charge of the stories they're creating. Changes from what we think is going to happen to what actually ends up happening are inevitable.
For me, anyway.
The changes were more subtle in my first book Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade. The bones remained pretty much the same, but I certainly never intended for Matt, a conservative young Republican, to be gay. And I never meant for a lifelong friendship between a white lab tech and a black doctor to turn into something more, either. Those things just... happened. And they felt right.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I needed to be. [Douglas Adams]
WHAT JUST HAPPENED???
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Okay, that's about it for now. Time to get back to the editing... but one more thing. I think I may know why I've been dragging my feet a little bit with my current WIP.
I believe I may need to lose a couple pounds and tone up my gluteus maximus a bit before going through that again...
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.