This is why penpanther has been quiet lately. I had a January 31st deadline to complete the first draft, what I call the down and dirty draft. I started the prep work in December and actual writing began January 4, finished it January 29!
This week I’ll do the read-through, make notes, do additional research, and do this neat new thing I just heard about called a reverse outline: http://monmouth.edu/uploadedFiles/Campus_Life/Writing_Center/ReverseOutlining.pdf/”>Revers.
A nifty revision tool for after your first draft is done. It gives you a panoramic view of the book’s structure so you can see all of that elephant dominating your vision. Since this is my first time writing a non-fiction book, I want all the help I can find in making it as precise, useful and professional as possible.
I’ll begin rewriting and revising February 15 and hope to complete the first revision by February 29, then send it to my beta reader.
I read a variety of fiction–fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, romances, historicals, and literary novels. Some of them stay with me for years, some of them I’ll read more than once, (More than twice!), some of them disappear from my mind when I close the back cover. I find myself thinking about the good ones, still seeing the settings the writer portrayed, still remembering what the characters looked like, sounded like–why is that? What makes the books we vividly remember so alive in our minds? And what makes us go out and buy more of the same?
Writing Emotion is how I decided to answer that question.
I had a March 31 publication deadline but that won’t work since I’m going to put the book through two rewrites–one to get it into final shape and one to polish–so I’m looking at April or May, depending.
So, coming soon! Relatively!
Oh–the cover was done by Angie at Fiverr.