I feel as if Bev’s stories come from true Harlem Renaissance or old black Hollywood or something like that and all I can hear while reading her books is jazz from a smoky cotton club. ~ Katrina Gurl When I … Continue reading
Are you thinking about editing your own book? Here’s why you should rethink that…
A few tips by by BLAKE ATWOOD
1. You’re too emotionally connected
If you’ve ever called your book your “baby,” you’re guilty of every writer’s chief sin: love.
No, there’s nothing inherently wrong with liking, or even loving, what you’ve written. You should be proud of bringing forth meaning from a blank page. But that kind of unabashed love for what you’ve created has a dark side: Blindness.
Think about first dates and new love.
Because you’re so enamored with the other person, you tend to look past their flaws (which they’re likely doing their best to conceal, just as you are). But if that relationship lasts, those flaws become more than noticeable. They might become irritating or even cause for separation.
In time, the willing blindness of early love leads to a reality check.
When you love what you see, you don’t see what you don’t want to see. Your brain loves you too much to inflict that kind of damage upon you.
Love leads to believing your book is flawless.
2. You’re too confident
If you’ve ever typed The End with a flourish and then hit Send immediately after, you’re guilty of writer’s hubris.
While you should celebrate the completion of any piece of writing, you should also know that you’ve only just begun. You still have self-editing, editing, pitching, querying, proposing, publishing and marketing to do.
If you’re one of the fortunate few to be agented and traditionally published, your book will go through a series of tortures — er, edits — that may cause you to doubt how well you crafted that first draft.
Overconfidence leads to believing your book needs far fewer edits than it deserves.
3. You’re too insecure
In Journal of a Novel, John Steinbeck summarized a writer’s internal life so well when he wrote, “I know it is the best book I have ever done. I don’t know whether it is good enough.”
The struggle between “I’m the greatest writer who’s ever lived” and “This is drivel; I should quit writing” is real. But take heart: if even Steinbeck doubted himself during the writing of arguably his best novel, East of Eden, then it’s OK to be wary of your ability.
When you’re insecure about your book, you won’t know what needs to be kept and what needs to be discarded. Instead of thinking every word, scene and chapter are astounding, you’ll mistakenly believe that they’re all rubbish. Neither belief is true.
Insecurity leads to believing your book needs far more edits than it deserves.
4. You’re too familiar with your book
Whether you’ve been working on your book for a month, three months or three years, you know your book better than anyone else.
Even when you’re not consciously working on it, you’re subconsciously figuring it out. If you’re serious about your writing, your book becomes a permanent resident in your mind, always ready for you to pluck it from your mental shelf.
This is one reason why our books become so precious to us. They’ve been with us so long that it can be hard to separate them from our identity. But such familiarity clouds your judgment.
Put another way, how evenly do you judge family members versus those you hardly know? Your familiarity with family often allows you to judge them more harshly (or more leniently) than you would people you hardly know. A certain amount of separation allows for a more evenhanded response.
Familiarity leads to believing your book is you.
5. You’re too tired of looking at your book
Writing a good book is hard, time-consuming lonely work.
Depending on how much you’ve pressed yourself to do that work, you might be weary of reading your own words. This is no way to edit.
If you’ve ever found yourself skipping over parts during self-editing because you just want to get through that phase faster, you’re making a critical mistake.
Tiredness leads to mistakes.
6. You lack time
Proper editing requires many hours, including multiple needs to research questionable issues, like whether you’re using lie or lay correctly.
If you’re self-editing under the stress of a looming deadline, you may cause more harm to your manuscript than good. Writers hire editors who have the time and expertise to do for their manuscripts what they cannot do for themselves.
Busyness leads to shoddiness.
7. You lack expertise
I so strongly believe that every author needs an editor that it’s the subtitle of my book on editing, Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor.
Regardless of your writing capabilities, you likely lack the knowledge and expertise that a professional editor accumulates through editing dozens, if not hundreds of manuscripts every year.
Steamy Trails Publishing strongly recommends having all your books professionally edited!
“For This Cause Writers Unite” has been an incredible labor of love. This book solidifies our efforts in sponsoring young writers with a dream of becoming published authors. The sole purpose of “SteamyT Pub Sponsorship Anthology Books” is to serve and up build the future of our youth by helping them to have a voice through their own published work.
If we encourage our youth to use their gifts and talents in writing, we also encourage them to have a positive voice in our society. Therefore, we also help them to secure a positive future that will benefit us all. Steamy Trails Publishing is dedicated to the success of our youth!
Katrina Gurl and Nita Bee have had the pleasure of working with an amazing array of poets and writers. Among these are: Sharon Smith, Tiffany Christina Lewis, Nike Binger Marshall, Gloria J. Lathan, Emmanuel Brown, Evangeline, Kewayne Andre Clark Wadley, Damon K. Kimbrough, Fiordaliza Charles, Eddie Lamar Sharpe Jr, Robert Moore, Martin Pounds, G.D Grace, Michael Charles Givens and WiL Palazzo.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards our Young Writers Flow Project
“We are what we think we are, we become what we believe we can and we achieve our greatest dreams through the encouragement of our peers” ~ Katrina Gurl
She says: “Hey have you tried picture challenges in Steamy Trails….find a intriging picture to post and give everyone a stab at what the picture says to them. Just a thought!”
We say: “LaQuista that is a GRAND idea! Getting on this NOW!”
Here are the rules:
~ Find an amazing picture that poetically speaks to you
~ Add the pic as a link on this group page
~ Add 4 poetic lines of what it says to you
~ Label link “PICTURE CHALLENGE”
~ Post In GROUP ONLY
This will be added to the site here:
She made a mockery of his love
And put him in a secret frenzy
Every time she walked by
Her love was epic…(Katrina Gurl)
As I sit here, in this lonely road, reminicing
I think of my life and all that I am missing
I am tired of walking but, yet I am still young
feeling all alone and that I can’t go on (Fiordaliza Charles)
We are both hungry but only one of us will eat.
The predator stalks me
anticipating my last breath
and fight as I may
I know that last breath will overtake me (Nike Binger Marshall)
On Sunday October 17th, Steamy Trails Author Katrina Gurl, had the pleasure of chatting with radio personality ” The Literary Diva” of Blog Talk! She is an amazing woman of wisdom, knowledge and out spoken political views that effect our society. Her show is not JUST all talk, but a place to relax, relate and release. It is truly a haven for authors, poets and writers. The Literary Diva gave The Balcony View – Introduction of the Lovers 2 literal thumbs up! This coming from her has left stars in author Katrina Gurl eyes!
The literary diva of Diva’s House is a writer/author and talk radio host. Her show brings you all the literary news that’s happening in our literary world and more. Whether serious, fun or indepth interviews we will have the news each week to keep authors,writers and literary heads informed. The show also from time to time brings you informative topics that we face in society. Check the show page for the latest dates and times for upcoming shows. As always keep it locked to Diva’s House for great shows and more. We wish “Lit” MUCH success in all she aspires to achieve. Lit is changing and touching lives in a positive direction and we ADORE that!!!!
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Steamy Trails Promotions appreciates the review given to author Katrina Gurl.
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