The writers conference begins Thursday and I'm still working on the submissions I'll take with me for an editor to review. This afternoon I picked up the article I revised two days ago for one last going-over. A going-over that turned into still another revision as I re-wrote the opening, combined two paragraphs into one, and changed phrases here and there. Sometimes it seems like a never-ending process. But it is a process I love!
Now it's back to the fiction book proposal to see what improvements I can make to it. At least, the opening pages of the novel itself are set. Unless I look at them again. Which, of course, I will.
One of the best writing tips I ever read: You can't revise a sentence that hasn't been written. Ayn Rand said that.
Here's something I read in a Kristen Heitzmann novel today. In the book's context, it's a cooking tip, but I'm appropriating it for writing:
"As Conchessa had taught, the quality of the outcome lay in timing and seasoning and prayer. 'You don't have to be fancy to be striking. Do it simply. Do it well. Do it with love and adoration. That makes it an offering.'" [from the novel Secrets]
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