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May 11, 2011

Two Manuscripts Gives New Ideas For Each

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Did anyone ever tell you to start on your next novel when you’re in the middle of writing one or near finishing one? I think it is an excellent idea. It’s not about rushing your manuscript to editors. It’s about doing something that will make your current manuscript better. Spending too much time on one story can take the enjoyment out of it. You may then feel that all you’re doing is just writing and new ideas do not come clearer. It may be because you did not take time out from it. Writing the current manuscript would not take you more than a year to write if you take occasional breaks and write another potential novel or short story. I think it not only make the manuscript better, but faster. When I take breaks from it and write another manuscript, in the time I spend away from the first one that was near to completion, ideas kept coming to my head. I just kept notes on my small note pad. I knew what paragraph to delete, what chapter to change, and what potential chapter to add. The final chapter has to be priceless. Working on the other story gave me ideas for the final chapter.  All of this could not come to my mind if I had written with no other projects in the works. I truly believe it is also vice-versa. In my opinion, it is not a good idea for a writer to stick to one manuscript and then start on another one when the first one is completed. There is a process that will take up you time such as submitting by mail or email to multiple editors. Many literary agents and editors ask for little to a whole stack of materials. Of course, ideas for potential stories changes, but writing a list of titles of potential stories and picking one to write while you’re completing your manuscript may be the way to go.

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April 13, 2011

Envelopes To Editors And The Mail Post Office

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Walking into a mail post office with large size envelopes in my hands, I got nervous while standing in front of a mail slot that says “Out of Town.” I got an adrenaline feeling. I said “this is it.” I put the envelopes that contain query letters, synopsis, and a few chapters of my manuscript in the mail slot. I then breathed in deeply and then out. At that moment, I realized that the hard work is now in the hands of Literary Agents and book publishers. For many writers, it is the same feeling when they send resumes are sent out through mail or email. The difference for writers is that editors usually respond in a few weeks or in a month. Of course, that is if the SASE is included with the package. I believe this makes many writers more nervous, as suppose to people sending a resume for a career and don’t really know the predictable time frame they may get an answer.

Turning away from the mail slot and walking towards the exit door of the post office, thoughts are floods in my head. Many writers go through questions that lead to doubt and excitement at the same time. Still, it is the act of doing the steps to reach a goal. I believe being nervous is not only normal, but also a good thing. Writers realize that whatever happens, they did the act of trying. Whatever letter comes back to them from an editor, writes will learn something new from it.

March 28, 2011

Writing On Paper First Contrast To Writing On The Computer First

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Writers use to write on paper and then type on a typewriter. Now writers write on paper and then on a computer. Many writers only write on their desk top or laptop, instead of on paper. The question I have in my mind is which is more effective. Is writing on a piece of paper first, better and more effective than solely writing on a computer? Of course, many writers find one way better than the other. But which way is easier? I always write on paper first before transferring the words to my laptop. I decided to experiment to see which is easier and more effective; writing on paper or the computer only. I also tried to write key short notes on my smart phone instead of on a small writing pad.

After doing this experiment, I found that I enjoyed writing on electronic devices at first. Then one day, I found myself distracted and made a mistake by accidentally pressing the wrong button that deleted one section of my notes. On another day, when writing on my laptop, I was rushing to do something that I needed to do, I made a mistake and exit out of word document when the computer said save and accidentally pressed the “no” button. Now, this does not usually happen. I am very good at saving on my computer. I am rarely distracted, but I realized writing on paper first was better, especially on busy days. I found it easier to go back to my notebook as a backup.

In my opinion, writing only on a computer and not on paper looks easier, because you don’t have to write the same thing again. I believe it is easier and more effective writing on paper first. If you’re not ready to print out the whole novel manuscript or any kind of writing after you type it and something happens to the computer and even a flash drive, paper is always handy. After I finish typing, I make sure to print out the hard copy, which is on paper. Writing on paper first is easier and more effective. Again, this does not work for every writer, but I think it is the best way.

March 16, 2011

Critiques Are Important For All Material Submissions

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It is crucial to have someone else look at your finish manuscript. I also learn that it is equally important to have someone else also look at your finished query letter, cover letter, synopsis, and outline. The query letter and cover letter helps me with making my story more clearer. You know when you re-read and edit you material constantly; the draft of a query letter helps the manuscript. When another person reads it the first time, the mistakes and some parts not connecting with the manuscripts is present. Some writers realize that there is a difference in some parts of the query letter that is not matching or align with the manuscript as a whole. I actually believe that this critique is important and actually a great thing, even though I have to go back and flip through over one hundred pages of chapters to find what is not making sense and then rewrite and/or delete again. I realized this short one page letter is actually a powerful piece that can shape your manuscript. A query letter is made to be submitted to an editor or literary agent. Before it is submitted, it should align with what the manuscript is all about. When it is not fully align with what you thought the whole manuscript was about, it helps you to go back once again to make necessary changes. Our stories in our heads sometimes go much faster to what we write down on paper. The query letter helps with this. Of course, the outline is always the first and most important thing to write before you do a manuscript. What I found is that some writers such as myself, write and write, following the outline. Yet, it sometimes can be difficult to condense the beginning to end; the theme; what it is about summed up in less than 30 seconds. It is o.k. to be a writer with this, not every writer is the same. Yet, knowing that not only a manuscript needs another set of eyes and critique discussions, but the query letter, cover letter, synopsis, outline, all have to match up. This will let you, as the writer, be satisfied with presenting a completed and understandable work.  Then, the readers, with final review, will clearly know what the story is about before it is submitted to editors and literary agents.

March 5, 2011

Revisions

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Revisions are not slow and dreary when I revise articles and poetry I wrote. It only takes about 30 minutes to do revisions for these. When it comes to novel drafts, doing a revision is long. After the first revision is completed, I have to start on page one again and do multiple revisions. Novel writing is enjoyable, but takes a lot of patience. It is alright to think of writing everything down all at once, but in reality, it takes months or more to write each chapter. Each month brings new ideas, because ideas are everywhere. Yet, revision is honestly tedious sometimes, but has to be done. Sometimes, I think, if only the manuscript was near perfect, just perfect! That is obviously a dream to have a manuscript perfect when I finish the last chapter. There are pros and cons for revisions. The cons are correcting, rewriting, and adding what I did not write in the story constantly. I have to do this multiple times. I also have to put it down and come back to it with fresh eyes, so that I can have a clear idea than before.  The pros are practice and the feeling after completing a potential novel. Practice is always important after writing a manuscript. You are your own editor. You want to be proud of your work and finish the manuscript. I believe I want to have a full and well read manuscript in my hand. Doing revisions and completing it is necessary, but all is worth it at the end. Hard work, in this case, multiple revisions, does pay off.

February 18, 2011

Putting Work Aside And Coming Back To It

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Putting work aside and coming back to it is tempting when I want to get so many words down on paper. It is tempting to continue writing even when all the information I wrote down seems to slow down after a while in a day that I write. For me, my mind is like drinking water; so drenched with chapters of stories to write, but like a glass of water reaching to its last drop from a glass, so is my mind getting tired. I then realize that my notebook has to be put aside for a while. At that moment, I have to make a tough decision whether to keep going or wait hours later to continue again. I never want to stop writing at that moment, but what makes me become rational is when I believe another tough decision has to be made. Yet, this decision is not as tough as the first. It is the decision to either continue writing, knowing that it may not come out the way I want it to when reviewing it later, or leaving it for a while. Yet, 9 out of 10 times, when I take a break and feel restful, my words and overall work is like a great recipe. I also felt it was important for me toput down my notebook and pen and take a day off each week. This gives my mind and body way more energy than I can imagine. Putting work aside and taking a break not shows how affective my writing is when I start my first sentence or do a revision. I believe it is noticed by editors after submission process. I don’t think too much about errors after sending my work in.

February 7, 2011

The Pens And The Writer

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Ever go into a bookstore, an art store, or even a supermarket to find pens. There are all kinds of pens for writers. There are pens that have designs, plain inks and colorful inks, and different shapes and dimension. Pens are either in packs or individual with a price that can range from one dollar to twenty dollar. Sure, some pens can be pricey, but why are they? Why are they getting more unique than ever before? In my opinion, pens are like shoes and cars. In my opinion, many writers, such as myself, spend a little time finding the “the right pen” before
purchasing it. Of course, just like shoes and cars are material objects, pens are too, but the kind of pen a writer buys represent a unique style about them, and/or a style in their writing. There’s a broad range of writers: fiction, non-fiction, poets, resume writers, contributors to magazines, journalist, copywriters, and the list goes on. I do believe that some companies make a variety of pens, because they want the writer to enjoy the design and the smooth flow of the pen’s ink, while enjoying writing at the same time. There is no one type of pen for
one type of writing. I do think that there are hundreds of pens created; there is the right pen for the writer that feels it is unique to them. Shopping for pens is not boring for many writers. We are creative and so are our pens.

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