Writing

Introducing…Friday’s Frolics

I feel like there is so much to say, so much to explain.  How do I sum up in one post all the plans and goals I have for this site?  Easy–I don’t.  Hopefully the other pages will help explain more about me and my aspirations.  But if you’re looking for the short version, here it is:

I’m a writer.  I will soon be trying to publish my first novel.  This site is my version of an author’s website.  But since I’m not a published author, and because I like to talk to other writers, I’m inviting people to participate in this site.  I will blog about myself and my writing journey…but it’s so much more fun to hear from others as well.  🙂

So here’s how this works.  If you want to participate, click on the “Visitors” tab above.  Follow the directions listed there to introduce yourself to me and everyone else.  Every “page” has a form for posting comments.  The “Home” page is the main blog where we’ll discuss Tuesday’s Topics and share Friday’s Frolics.  Please join in with comments/opinions/ideas–don’t be shy!  If you know of other writers, invite them to join!  And of course, you don’t have to be a writer to hang out here.  Somedays I may do book reviews, so readers might enjoy visiting too.  Everyone is welcome!

This site is still a work in progress.  I probably should have waited until everything was completed before going live…but I was too eager to get started!  🙂  If you see any mistakes or anything missing, please let me know!  I hope to have everything running smoothly by August.  

So with that painful introduction out of the way, now we can get to the fun stuff.  It’s time for the first ever Friday’s Frolics (yes, I know it’s technically Thursday night as I post this. But I am not a morning person, so I have to do this now, or it won’t get done until Friday night!).  And this is a perfect week for me to start, because I have some great news to share…

I currently have a few critique partners reading my novel, and this week I received my first feedback.  It came from Syd, who I knew would be my toughest critic.  She’s read some of my work in the past, and she’s never hesitated to tear it apart (in a nice way, HA!).  She’s helpful and insightful, but honest to the point of bluntness.  I was expecting lots of “red ink” from her, and I steeled myself for her negative reaction.  

So imagine my shock when she doused me with a bucketful of amazing comments!  A sampling of her remarks:  1) “I love your characters–I can’t stop thinking about them”  2) “I want the next book NOW”  3) “It made me cry”  4) “I never want to write again.”

Number four may not sound like a good thing, but it’s a huge compliment.  I feel that way sometimes after reading a wonderful book–like I could never write anything to compare to it.  Not to worry though; I’ll make sure Syd writes again!  And she’s probably going to hate me for telling everyone that she cried (sorry, really I am!); but as terrible as it sounds, I was thrilled when she told me that.  It’s no easy task to move someone to tears.  Plus the fact that she was so involved in the characters and story that she was having trouble focusing on editing…well, let’s just say that I was grinning like an idiot for the rest of that day.  🙂  I even had trouble breathing at some points, I was so excited!  Her reaction to the book greatly surpassed my expectations and bolstered my self-esteem.  And even though I know I need to fix some things, at least now I feel like it’s a manageable task.  I’m looking forward to hearing back from my other CPs, and I plan to be submersed in edits by August!

So now it’s your turn.  What was your writing highlight of the week?  A word count achieved?  A tough scene completed?  An idea born?  If you don’t have a writing achievement, don’t fret–share one good thing that happened to you this week.  I want to hear about it!  And come back again on Tuesday for the site’s first discussion!

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