Ciao, amici! How was your week?
After one of the worst migraines I’ve had in years left me locked in a dark bedroom most of the weekend (when I had planned to write, darn it), I started catching up on missed messages early Monday morning. I had missed not one editing project, but two. And not private clients, who understand my schedule, but from work. Sigh.
Talk about starting the week on the wrong note!
Compounding my schedule problems was the arrival of a private client’s manuscript. She’s great about giving me a lot of notice, and I knew it was coming. Well, I should have known. I forgot to put it on my calendar. Totally my fault. So I had to adjust again.
I really hate disorganization, although I’m starting to think that’s my new reality.
I scrambled to catch up. I was behind on my writing, and the three editing projects put me further back than I expected. There were times I wanted to cry. More times I wanted to sleep. Mostly, I wanted to write, but fitting it in was difficult.
Which brings me to today’s quote by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, 1st century AD):
One should not aim at being possible to understand,
but at being impossible to misunderstand.
I have two primary goals as I edit (and a million secondary goals).
- To keep the author’s voice and message in tact.
- To make the writing as clear as possible.
My heavy week of editing brought point number two home for me. Whether working for a client or doing my own revisions, I strive for clarity and understanding. We’re pouring 50,000 to 100,000 words into these works; sometimes more. There’s a lot that can go wrong. But all that effort means we have something to say, something we’re passionate about.
That’s why it’s so important to get it right.
Whether you were planning, writing, or editing this week, I hope you found your message clear and your work easy. Let’s talk about how it went.
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Confessions and Questions | C.S. Boyack
- A Different Take on Manuscript Analysis | Me
- The Long and Short of It | C.S. Boyack
Posts by others in the industry:
- Stakes in a Cozy, Pt. 1 (Sleuth) | Elizabeth Spann Craig
- Stakes in a Cozy, Pt. 2 (Other Elements) | Elizabeth Spann Craig
- Stakes in a Cozy, Pt. 3 (Series) | Elizabeth Spann Craig
- Stakes in a Cozy, Pt. 4 (Samples) | Elizabeth Spann Craig
- Publisher Rocket | Fiction University
- Facebook Ad Changes | David Gaughran
- 10 Book Ideas | The Write Practice
- Character Arc, Pt. 1 | Helping Writers Become Authors
- Character Arc, Pt. 2 | Helping Writers Become Authors
- Bad Feedback | K.M. Allan
- Sci-Fi Believability | Live Write Thrive
- Glyphs and Swashes | Natalie Ducey
- Kindle Quality Dashboard | Blood Red Pencil
- Let Your iPhone Read to You | D. Wallace Peach
- Character/Plot Ratios | Helping Writers Become Authors
- Conveying Setting via Dialogue | Writers Write
- Write Like a Cat | Traci Kenworth
- Industry Tools | Well-Storied
- 7 Sources of Romantic Story Ideas | Now Novel
- Relating Your Beginning to Your Ending | Fiction University
- 50 Excellent Facebook Cover Photo Designs | BookBub
- Nemesis as the Protagonist’s Shadow | Go into the Story
- Metadata and its Importance | Standout Books
- Different Approach to Character Arc | Writers Helping Writers
- Evolution of a Cover | Kill Zone
- Scenes and Sequels | Fiction University
- Internet Shortkeys | Word Dreams
- 4 Keys to a Successful Denouement | Writers Helping Writers
- Effective Mind Maps | Standout Books
To make you smile:
- Laughter Lines | Smorgasbord
- More Laughter Lines | Smorgasbord
- Caturday Funnies | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- Monday Memes | Marcia Meara
- Monday Chuckles | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Seniors | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Lucy and Twiggy Have Cabin Fever | John W. Howell
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 weekend! Arrivederci!