Our Round Robin question for August is: Do you
have any character habits or favorite words that always crop up in your
Do they ever. But – that is what first drafts are for. Once I have started
writing I try to keep going. I say try because I am a Virgo and if you know
anything about astrological signs and their characteristics, you’ll know that
Virgos are perfectionists. I like the first sentence, first paragraph, first
chapter, to be perfect – except there is no such thing as perfection.
by trial and many, many errors to get on with the story and took Nora Roberts’
advice to keep writing as you can’t edit a blank page. Quite apart from those
niggling fillers like had, was, just, really, very—I could go on but won’t—I
find that with each book I write I have a ‘crutch’ word.
In one of
my books my hero grinned so much I’m not sure that he would ever have
straightened his face out if I hadn’t taken myself in hand and did a painstaking
search to rewrite practically every instance of where I had him grinning. Likewise,
a Regency heroine who was forever sighing. I’ve had my moments with ‘however,’ ‘especially,’
‘nevertheless,’ and many more.
is where self-editing comes in. Being aware of the nuances of what you’re
writing means you can go over your work and search out those offending words
which are often repetitious. The editing process gives authors a chance to not
only weed out those wretched stumbling blocks, but in that process make their
writing more powerful by re-writing sentences and phrases
for more of an impact.
(I struck this out as it means pretty much the same as more powerful and is
book is not a solo effort. It may be in the beginning as it is the author’s
idea, characters, plot and so on, and the first revision will include weeding
out the repetitions and redundancies. The next stage will be beta readers who,
if they are doing their job, will point out character or plot holes and often
pick up a ‘crutch’ word the author may not have been aware they were using.
After another round of edits and revisions, then comes the editing stage and
quite likely another round of edits and revisions. It really does take a
village to produce a book.
that note, I’m going to check on my Round Robin villagers to see what they have
to say. I hope you’ll join me in visiting:
Anne Stenhouse http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-2ow
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com/blog
Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobincourtright.com