Ciao, amici! Good news! I finished my WIP this week. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I hope my editor is equally happy. Time will tell.
Speaking of time, we’re changing the clocks this weekend. And losing an hour. Ack! I don’t have enough time as it is; I can’t afford to give up sixty minutes. But no one asked my opinion, so…
Because time was on my mind this week (as I rushed to make my deadline and feared the ticking clock), I thought this quote by Henry David Thoreau was appropriate.
Not that the story need be long,
but it will take a long while to make it short.
How true is that? At least, for me it is. I can write long, no problem. Most of my novels are over 80K words, and they flowed. My WIP is around 60K, which is what the publisher wanted. and it took me much longer than usual to write. Writing short means writing very tight. Does that mean my other stuff isn’t tight? I hope not. Maybe I’m getting better? Hope so.
Maybe research took longer than I budgeted for. And I do love research. I could see that being a rabbit hole that cost me time.
And then there’s revising. Revising takes time. And sadly, I have to admit, often when I revise, I add words.
So, yeah, I finished my draft and now am rushing through revisions to make my final deadline. Meanwhile, the government is stealing an hour from me. So not fair, but I’ll get it done. And hopefully, it’ll be done well.
How are you managing your time? Can you believe it’s already March? And Daylight Saving Time? Sound off about your WIPs below.
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Scrivener’s Scratchpad | P.H. Solomon
- Expanding on Living Documents | C.S. Boyack
- Favorite Writing Books | Joan Hall
Posts by others in the industry:
- Gutenberg and WordPress | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Synopsis Do’s and Don’ts | K.M. Allan
- Just the Right Word | Fiction University
- Scrivener and Linguistic Focus | Well-Storied
- Write and Market a Series | Your First 10K Readers
- Using Your Cover for Marketing | The Creative Penn
- Three Marketing Must-Haves | Web Design Relief
- Tips for Book Talks | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Write More/Stress Less | MFRW
- One Page to Hook | Fiction University
- Sentence Length | Kill Zone
- Book Cover Fonts and Colors | Just Publishing Advice
- False Hero | Legends of Windemere
- Newsletter Growth Tips | Jane Friedman
- 6 Gadgets for Your Next Book Event | Fiction University
- Mystery Publishing Shakeups | Kill Zone
- Does the Main Character Need an Arc? | Writers Helping Writers
- Infusing Humor in Your Writing | The Write Practice
- Your Author Bio | Writer’s Relief
- Advice from Sylvia Plath | Standout Books
- Chirp: A New Way to Promote Audiobooks | BookBub
- Great Dialogue and Subtext | BookBaby
- Lessons on Villains from Buffy and Firefly | BookBaby
- Archetypes | Fiction University
- When Friends Fight Friends in Fiction | Legends of Windemere
- Free Mockup Maker | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Show, Don’t Tell Tips | Writers Helping Writers
To make you smile:
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great week! Arrivederci!