Tuesday, October 03, 2006

This is fun!

Cindy correctly pointed out that I needed to change the name of my blog. Renee, write! Finish that novel! doesn't work any more! :o), so I decided to revamp the whole thing. I'm not sure if I like this layout or not, but it certainly gives a different feel. I wish I knew more about html code so I could do more customizations.

And here is a new picture. Not super flattering, but since this blog is mostly about writing, I thought it made sense to do a writing picture (FYI, the pic was taken by my sister in the Maui airport on the way home from our trip this summer.)

I'm editing away. Currently about 75 pages into the manuscript. I'm enjoying the process and am trying not too worry so much about getting everything perfect. Susan posted a link to an Elizabeth Bear essay that I think of often when I'm panicking because I can't get the words just right. It's helping me not obsess quite as much.

I'm cutting where I can, but am nervous that I won't be able to shave enough off to make it marketable. Publishers don't typically like long first novels. It's tricky, though, because I don't want to cut just for the sake of cutting. There definitely is some superfluous writing I can ax, and fortunately I don't have a hard time pressing that delete button.

Things continue to move right along, and it feels great!


Mrs. Mitty said...

Intense focus. That's what that picture says to me! It's great. A perfect writer's pic.

Maui, huh? Rough. {bg} And still, there you are working, working, working. So that's how you get to The End, eh? :)

Keep on with those edits...{rah! rah! go Renee!} and have fun with the query phase!

Renée said...

Thanks, Mrs. Mitty. Yup, Maui was pretty grueling. ;o) But writing doesn't always feel like work to me, so I didn't mind doing some on vacation.

Thanks again for the cheers!