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Nov. 16th, 2009

Time to Ramble On

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Feb. 1st, 2017

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Editing Tip for Writers

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As some of you know, I felt pretty overwhelmed when I edited my last chapter. So, I did some research, read some articles and now I’m trying some advice that made a lot of sense to me. The advice goes like this (and it’s so simple, I feel simple for not thinking of it myself), start with the big stuff and edit with some specific purpose in mind. Meaning, every time you edit, know what you are editing for and start with the biggest changes, working your way toward the details with each pass.

For instance, my first read through, I’m reading for any plot or scene changes or big dialogue changes. That’s it. Once I’m sure any major changes are fixed, then I can go back through to fine-tune beats (action or emotion)…and anything on a paragraph scale. Next comes checking sentence structure and word choice. Each read through, I have a specific target area and a smaller focus. Proofreading will be the last thing I will do.

Hopefully, this will help me feel less overwhelmed and less like I’m spinning in endless circles. Last time, I was all over the place and it felt self-defeating. It makes a lot of sense to start with the biggest edits first and to turn off your internal grammar Nazi until that's done. No sense in worrying about how many “thats” I’ve misused until I have all the plot, scenes and paragraphs whipped into shape.

Anyway, I thought this was great advice and thought I’d pass it on. Writing (most, but not all, times) is the comparatively easy part, it’s the editing that feels unbearably torturous. Having a plan of action seems the best way to go in this case! Good luck to all the writers out there.

Jan. 31st, 2017

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Writing Can Be Lonely

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pro-antagonist said:

"Sometimes it’s really lonely being an author. Because when you’re writing, you’re doing it alone, and there’s no one there to gush over silly feelings with you.

And I suppose that’s why reader comments are important to authors. It’s not about the compliments. It’s that we’ve been alone with our thoughts this whole time. It’s an awesome feeling when a friend shows up to share them with you."

Jan. 29th, 2017

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My Response: deanisdarkness: So what are writers even saying here? With Dean...

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deanisdarkness said:

So what are writers even saying here? With Dean declaring isolation to be worse than what he went though in hell?

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Pet Peeves Rant (skip for your health and peace of mind?)

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You know, it really frustrates me to search the tags on Tumblr for certain Supernatural things or Dean/Jensen things and find it taken up with episode meta, Cas and Destiel stuff. I mean, seriously, I just want a stupid gif of dead Dean, okay? Or some gifs of Mary finding out the boys are gone. I don’t care about anything else, alright?

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Jan. 24th, 2017

Dean Sleepy

Ugh. *twitch, twitch*

Sorry, guys, sorry--no catching up on replies tonight. Ugh. Its been a long, long week and its only Tuesday! And, my stupid right eyelid has been twitching for three or four days now (off and on). I don't know what its problem is, but I've about had it. It's very annoying. VERY.

So, I'm gonna go inhale some Dr. P and try not to regret that decision when I'm up in the middle of the night with bathroom visits. ;)

My stupid eyelid is twitching even now as I hit post. >:(

Jan. 23rd, 2017

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Anyone who left me a review/comment on Fanfiction.net, thank you! I was planning on answering those tonight, but I feel kinda crappy. My plan is to finish some laundry, shower, maybe reblog a few pics on Tumblr as I lay in bed and then turn in early. *fingers crossed*

My baby girl (who's not really a baby at all, but a young lady as tall as me) is also under the weather, so I guess its just one of those minor yucky things that hopefully will stay minor. I paid $5 to wear jeans to work this week (fundraiser) and I will not be pleased if I miss a day.

Anyway, hope you all have a great week and stay well! Hugs and stuff!
Sam 'n Dean ELAC

Positive Comments & Reviews Always Matter

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People will never know what their kind reviews/comments mean to me. Yesterday, I was feeling pretty low about my writing. I had posted chapter 10 of my WIP and, after nearly 80 some visitors, had received only one “thanks for posting.” This was significantly less than ever before.

It especially hit me hard because this was the first chapter I’ve posted without anyone to beta read it first. Talk about an ego crusher. I really felt like I never wanted to see another word of this story. To work so hard on something no one seemed to care about. It was a low moment and I admit to feeling a little over dramatic at the time. My emotions aren’t fun this time of year and I get that my reaction wasn’t great.

Finally, though, I got three more messages (counting today) that really encouraged me to calm down and not give up. To some people, three reviews wouldn’t seem like much, but to me, it meant the difference between not knowing if posting this story was worth the work and emotion I’m putting into it or not. Especially when I have an original fiction I’d like to get back to (I’ve put it on hiatus so I can finish this SPN fanfic first).

So the next time you think your one review makes no difference? Think again. To some of us, it means more than ‘thank you’ can ever convey.

Jan. 22nd, 2017

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Tumblr Reblog...

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deanisdarkness said:
"It doesn’t matter if John was a righteous man who didn’t break in hell, it doesn’t matter if John held out for one year or hundred years, it doesn’t matter if Dean thinks that he *is responsible* for breaking in hell.

It still doesn’t take anything from the reality, from the awfulness of what happened to Dean, from the truth of unbearable, demonic torture that completely broke Dean.

Dean’s admission of guilt doesn’t make him truly guilty. Dean’s acceptance of responsibility doesn’t make him responsible for things that aren’t his fault.

The narrative and the fandom have no business equating “breaking under extreme, continuous, unimaginable torture” to “not strong enough” or “should have hold out more” or “he made a choice to save himself”, under any circumstances."

Absolutely, all of this…100% agree so hard.
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Crash & Burn?

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So, I posted a new, unbetaed chapter today. I’ve had 80 plus views and only one comment/review out of all those. Is this a sign that I should never post unbetaed work again? Possibly. This chapter must have really been a bad one. :(

Really demoralizing.

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