Happy 2017 everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season full of food, family and fun. Are you ready to be back in the real world? Nope, neither am I.
What I Read
Between the holidays and some major revision work, December was a light reading month. But I did get to experience the magic of the year 2118, peek into life on a Christmas tree farm, and learn a new algorithm to improve your story
GRAND TOTAL: 3
The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
What Light by Jay Asher
The Story Solution by Eric Edson
What I Wrote
As you may remember from last month’s wrap up, I’ve got revision on the brain. For the first three weeks of December, I took red pen and multiple different colors of highlighter to a printed version of State of Grace and slowly edited my way through. Then the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I locked myself in my apartment and got to work.
I cut 26,000 words.
I added six chapters of brand new material.
I focused on increasing the stakes, speeding up the pace, and balancing the subplots with the overarching main plot.
And I am really proud of the finished product.
Coming up in January…
Soon I will be sending the new draft of State of Grace back to the four agents who requested revisions and will resume querying. Fingers crossed everyone!
As far as reading goes, I know I will need a pretty good list to keep me distracted. The first two are leftovers from last month’s list that I didn’t get to, and the last two were Christmas presents.
- The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
- Nutshell by Ian McEwan
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Yes, I have read this before… several times, but I received a gorgeous, illustrated version for Christmas. That combined with finally getting to see Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them makes me think it’s time for a HP reread.)
Let me know how you did on your holiday writing, and I wish you a fabulous start to the New Year!
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