For me, the past week has been full of writerly challenges. First, after a series of editing back-and-forths with my editor for Broken Dolls, I’d begun to have some concerns that the Japanese culture and the “little girl’ nature of my character, Sachi Kimura, were being taken from the story. It was a tough decision, fraught with indecisiveness and fears that my editor had a world more of experience than I, and that I was giving up. But finally, by mutual decision, we ended our editorial relationship and wished each other the best.
Of course, that leaves me with the question, “What now?”
Second, because I had been so devoted to the editing process, I had decided not to enter any of the contests for the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation 2012 Story Weaver’s Conference this year. But, after the events referenced in my first paragraph, I decided–five days before the deadline–that I would pull together some stories and send them in. Good thing I work well under pressure.
Here are a couple of articles I found that helped me along the way this week:
One of the links that Ms. Lakin refers the reader back to is Jane’s article “Should You Hire a Professional Editor?” This post lists three elements that explain why hiring a professional editor sometimes leaves her feeling “less confident about an author’s work.”
For those of us who are challenged with keeping up our blogs, Kristin Nador has an excellent series called “Sharpen Your Blogging Habits.” From finding your audience to amplifying your blogging voice, she gives step-by-step ideas on one of the best ways to build your social network.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
You must meet the outer world
With your inner world or
Existence will crush you.
— Mark Nepo