Saturday, October 07, 2006

When Will It Be Finished?

You have to write a million words before you find your voice as a writer. ~ Henry Miller, The Pen Commandments

I'm working through editing last years NaNoWriMo novel. I know, I've said this before, but it's been an interesting journey and I'm not sure when it'll be done because, even though I'm editing now, I'm mostly editing for content because I made a couple significant plot changes.

As I read through, I'm still not entirely happy with the results. I keep thinking it could be better, richer. This confession will surely excite the lovely people who have agreed to a read through!

This is the second time I've been through Liv's story. I'm wondering how many times before I call it "done". This time, I'm trying to put together a synopsis as well which is killing me. I can't tell you how much easier it is to write a novel than it is to write a synopsis. Gah.


Here's a peek into the goings on at our home:

A couple nights (mornings?) ago at about 3 a.m., I heard my daughter get up to go potty. When I didn't hear her return to her room, I got up to find out if all was well. I found the bathroom door closed, but the light was on (it has a night light, so that wasn't necessary). I stuck my head in and found my DD reading.

I suggested to her that perhaps reading at 3 a.m. wasn't the best idea, and she needed to get back to bed. She returned to her room, I returned to mine. But the problem for me was that it was close enough to when I get up normally that I couldn't get back to sleep.

At about 3:40 a.m. I gave up and got out of bed. My rountine is to kick the cat off (my hubby doesn't like her, so she has to come with me), grab my slippers and head downstairs. This time, when the cat and I stepped outside the door, the cat did one of those swivel headed things toward my daughters room.

What had she heard? I could tell the light was off, because nothing showed under the crack in the door. I quietly peek inside and out pops DD's head from her tent (yes, she sleeps under a tent on her bed). I look to the right where her nightlight is plugged in and there is a book, lying open.

"Were you reading by the night light?"

"Yes." She drops her head, looks ashamed.

"It's not even FOUR O'CLOCK!"

My daughter carries a book with her everywhere. She is seldom seen without one. Reading is her lifeblood. Taking away her reading is a terrible punishment. Last week she lost TV (for the second week in a row) AND she lost reading before bed. Guess which one she wants back first?

So folks, don't worry. There will still be at least one buyer for your books as the years pass... LOL...


Ceri said...

Its wonderful that your daughter loves to read so much. My daughter hasn't reached that stage yet, but I didn't start reading a lot until I was around 12,so she has some time to go. I'm trying to introduce her to some of my favorites from growing up, like my Lloyd Alexander High King series (I spoke to him on the phone once, what a sweet man!) and the Little House series.

Good luck with the edits. I hate that stage, but not nearly as much as I dislike the synopsis and query. But you'll do just fine. Send along what you'd like and I'll take a look. :D

Now I'm off to work. Its going to be a looooong day!

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Judy said...

I read somewhere that if you, when you finish a chapter, write a short description of that chapter... a summary, if you will... that not only will it allow you to keep up with things, but when the book is finished, so is the synopsis. I've never tried it, but it sounds like it might work. If I can find the article, I'll send it to you.

RE: daughter. She sounds just like me at that age. I loved to read and (of course) still do. I remember night after night hiding under my covers with my flashlight after "nights out"... I just had to finish "one more chapter"!

Good for her ;-)

Tori Lennox said...

You gotta love a kid who loves to read. :)

As for reading at 3:00 in the morning, that's pretty much par for the course for me. *g*

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anno said...

I love the picture of your daughter reading under a tent. What a great thing to do when she can't sleep -- much better than knocking on your door! Plus, it sounds like an imaginative way of getting around the loss of "reading before bed" privileges.