Monday, October 05, 2009

Rewrite And--Oops, Another Year


Today I begin the rewrite for Deceit, turned in August 1. If you read my post last week about the different kinds of edits, you'll understand when I say this is the first edit--the substantive or macro edit. Fortunately in Deceit's case, the rewrite is minimal. Basically my editors are asking me to deepen my protagonist's characterization (through a few choice sentences here and there), wait awhile longer to reveal a certain plot point, plus deal with changes in sentences throughout the book--which is more the track change or line edit stage. The manuscript was turned in very clean, the editors say.

Surprising, really. When I turned in this book I was sure it was terrible. Shows how well I can judge my own work by the time I turn in the draft. I've simply looked at it too much at that point to see it clearly.

I look forward to diving in. Over the weekend I reread Donald Maass' The Fire in Fiction. I want to look at Deceit with some of Maass' concepts in mind to see where else I can improve the manuscript.

On another note--I'm 53 as of today. I am now officially and ever so humbly (!) accepting creative birthday greetings, including limericks, puns, crazy sentences using some of Today's Words--or whatever you might come up with. (A straight happy birthday works too.)

15 comments:

Daniel Smith said...

Happy Happy Birthday to YOU!!!

Glynn said...

Wishes of joy
And blessings to
She who leaves
Us breathless
In suspense,
And wanting more.

Happy birthyday!

Richard Mabry said...

Brandilyn,
How about a simple "Happy Birthday?" I would say, "Break a leg!" but you've already done that, haven't you?

Lynetta said...

53? Seriously? You look so much younger than that. Hope your day is very happy!

WordLily said...

Happy birthday! Hope it's grand.

Heather said...

Happy Birthday--I can't think of a better way for a writer to spend it than writing! :0)

Nicole said...

Fifty-three? Just a puppy.

Love you, BC.

May the Lord shine His face upon you and grant you the desires of your heart as you take pleasure in Him. May the Light of the world illuminate the day He created you. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sheila Deeth said...

Happy birthday.
Hope the seatbelt's tight.
Got to finish the edits
and we'll all read a fright.

Sally Bradley said...

Happy birthday, Brandilyn. Please eat some cake for me. :)

Anonymous said...

Extraordinaire igit,
As your fave, I stand tall
Don’t expect any Rolos
Once again, I ate all.

And now for your birthday
No bling do I bring
But a heart filled with love
Better that than I sing.

Though I am the tortoise
And you remain hare,
What a sweet friendship God’s granted
I truly declare.

Happy Birthday my dear friend
God bless you this day
This poem is so silly
But what can I say.

I’m supposed to be working
Not writing this rhyme,
So I better return now
And make up some time.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Brandilyn!

rebeccaluellamiller said...

Only time for the very uncreative "Happy Birthday, Brandilyn." But it's heartfelt! Hope you had a great day and enjoyed the celebratin'. :-D

Becky

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Thanks, all of you. Today I've received many birthday wishes on Twitter and Facebook, and many more privately.

Anonymous--great poem. You know I love ya. :]

Hannah said...

There once was a writer named Brandilyn,
Whose books I read with a grin.
'Tis her birthday today,
Happy birthday, I say.
May God's blessings to her pour in.

Jenny said...

Welcome to 53. So far it seems to be a very good year. Wishing you all the blessings that age affords with many more for 54.
Okay, so poetry's not my thing. However, I do know 53 and hope it is as good to you as it has been to me.
Happy, happy!

Dineen A. Miller said...

Happy Birthday to a dear, sweet lady who blesses so many, especially me! May God bless YOU this next year with wisdom and grace, and make his face shine upon you continually.

Thank you, Brandilyn, for being a part of my life, especially this last year. I know you were at God's throne a lot this year for my daughter. I am eternally grateful. :-)

Love and hugs to you!