Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday- What I've Learned

Not to make myself sound all important or anything, 'cause let's face it- I'm a rather newb to all of this. But, I thought I'd share a few of things I've learned over the course of writing my novels, and the ridiculous amount of editing I've done.
Without further ado, the writing process:
  1. Don't stress out over the first draft, just write it.
  2. Yay, I'm done! Wait, revisions? Oh, you mean more work? But I just wrote a novel!
  3. Realize a shortcoming- My absolute favorite word to abuse is said. Everybody said something. Just ask my crit partner- she'll nod her head and confirm that she did, in fact, have to bust me over the head with the said stick. Figuratively.
  4. Stress over the revisions. How many -ly words can I possibly know? I must have used them all 400 times, at least.
  5. Stress some more over MORE revisions. Would Mandy really say that? Come on, she's tougher than that!
  6. Begin enjoying revisions again. Hey, my characters are, like, people now!
  7. Revise again. It's fun, okay? I want to go play with my friends!
  8. Put it away and start something new.
  9. Realize you didn't know what you were thinking when you put that scene in Chapter 2 and snatch it out immediately! I mean, really, who cares about the cat? Nobody. If it's not moving the plot forward- goodbye!
  10. Begin to see your penchant for exclamation points. They're just so fun, and so...shiny!
  11. What? Stop working on it? You'll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers!

Haha, okay so maybe the last one was a teeny bit dramatic. Just thought I'd have a bit of fun today, hope you got a giggle out of my craziness.

Today's cocktail of choice: Melon Magic

So, I've never had this drink, but the name speaks to me. I'm totally trying one this weekend!

1 part Midori (melon Liqueur)
1 part Vodka
1 part Orange Juice
Lemonade to top up

"Highball Glass"

Shake midori, vodka and orange juice together with a little ice. Top up with lemonade to taste and pour into a glass. Decorate with orange slices and melon balls.


Susan said...

Haha..."said stick". I'm imagining a wicked-looking branch with "SAID" carved in the side. I want one. :)

Holly Dodson said...

Haha, Susan. I thought you'd like that.

The said stick is quite liberating, everyone should have one. I've got an urge to go make one now. It could sit on my desk, next to my keyboard as a reminder of my punishment for said abuse. ;)