Category Archives: Creative Writing

The Rewrite

Recently I blogged about my awesome rejection letter. In the email the publisher pointed out why they were not going with my MS. He listed the reasons. When I asked if I could resubmit once revising he said yes he would check the book out again.

My initial reaction was days of glee and happiness. Okay it is still with me. But the days after I found out there is a cloud higher than nine and I was on it. After that came oh my gosh how the hell am I going to fix this the way it’s suppose to be? With that dread inside I contacted a few people for thoughts and suggestions on what to do. Once they responded I was ready to start.

Only problem is it took a few weeks before I had the guts to sit down and actually attempt this very important rewrite. The emotions that flooded me ranged from despair to frustration. I stopped dead.

Instead of getting started I stalled.

As the days flew by people asked me how much had I gotten done and sadly would have to reply that nothing had been accomplished. I mentally berated myself up for taking so long to get going on this. I repeatedly went back over the points that I had to fix, each time it screamed at me, “ You can’t do this, give up.”

Now that I have actually started, I believe this was all part of the plan. I needed to step away for a few weeks to gather my thoughts, get myself in check and when the time came it would happen. And it did.

This past week I redid the ending to the book. I went further and did a total rewrite of my first chapter. The only thing that remained the same was three paragraphs. I was on a roll. In that rewrite a new chapter emerged that I had not planned on. I kept going. Last night I wrote another chapter that brings conflict and internal tension to my main character. Something that was missing from my book. What I have left is two chapters to go. That means rereading it and making sure the holes have been filled.

The last week all that has been in my mind all that I could concentrate on was sitting down and revising this book. It has blossomed not just in word count but in strength. When I am finish it will go through the process like before. My editor Nancy will go over it and tighten it up. Will it be enough I am not sure. Every publisher has in mind what they are looking for and what works for their company.

Personally I am loving the changes. If when all is said and done this publishing house does not accept it, at least I know I have a better book now, then I did a few weeks ago. For that I thank the publisher for making me gut out my story, for making me toss things that did not work, for eliminating words regardless of word count, and for evaluating my story in a way that all writers should.

Thank you Mike.

The Kreativ Blogger Award

The Kreativ Blogger Award

My darling friend Shannon has bestowed to me the The Kreativ Blogger Award. That just makes me go woohoo. Thank you Shannon you made my day. This makes my second time and loving it.

The rules are:

  • thank and link back to the person who presented you with the award
  • answer the ten questions below
  • share ten random facts/thoughts about yourself
  • nominate seven worthy blogs for the Kreativ Blogger Award

To check out Shannon’s blog click on the link Her book which I have read is amazing. It really is.

The Questions

What is your favorite song?

No contest “ What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

What is my favorite dessert?

Anything that has vanilla in it.

What ticks you off?

People who are mean just to be mean.

When I am upset what do I do?

I will sketch something in the house or have my birds calm me down.

Which is or was my favorite pet?

It sound cliché to say I don’t have a favorite but it is true. Each have their own personality that makes me love them for them.

Which do you prefer to wear black or white?

While white is my one of my favorite colors it gets way to dirty, due to me. So black.

What is your biggest fear?

Being alone.

What is your attitude mostly?

I try to be as laid back as I can.

What is perfection?


What is your guilty pleasures?

 Pepsi and a candy bar

Ten random things about me

-I love sweet ice tea

-My family and birds complete me

-I am an avid sports fan: baseball, basketball, hockey, football and so on. 🙂

-I don’t own a ereader.

-I prefer green plants over flowers.

-I was born with blond hair and blue eyes

-I am a Northerner

-I name all my cars

-I love my inlaws.

-I love taking classes at the community colleges






Writing Sisters



Are you hooked?

You are going to hate me for this,” Robin said as she looked at me with sadness. I had just read the first chapter to a book that had been completed a week before. Sitting in the library room with one of my writer’s group I tensed on the inside. Okay be calm, breath how back can this be?

Robin said the first two paragraphs of my first page needed to go somewhere, anywhere but where it had been placed. My hook she continued really started on paragraph three. Looking where she pointed I knew she was right, 100 percent correct. Thanking her I made the notes on the sheet.

The back story would just be moved elsewhere in the book. It is rare I delete that much words unless they don’t work anywhere else. The hook, the most important part of any story regardless of length has to be mastered. There are many books on this topic though the one I refer to most often is “Hooked” by Les Edgerton. This determines if a reader will continue with your novel or just place it down never to be picked up again. Some example of hooks:

-”The creatures came again last night.” – Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge

-”I lost all interest in sex after I died.”- Water-Skiing Down the Styx

-”When John Rochon was found dead Sunday morning on his front lawn, his neighbors were not surprised- only they had always somehow suspected his timid wife Beth would die first.”-He Had It Coming

One of my writing teachers once said if you are missing a hook at the beginning, then go through your story and find it. There is a chance you have written the hook but have placed it further into the story line. This is something we as writers can not ignore and hope it will just happen.

One of the many reasons we write is to have people read our stories and get enjoyment from them. To do that we have to make sure they get pass page one, then page two and so on until the last page has been read. As much time and effort we put into writing it does no one any good if the book remains on the shelf or worse the trash can.