When Finding Problems is A Good Thing

I just wanted to share something I heard this morning regarding the editing process.
I’m nearing the end of my edit with my current WIP, and while I usually enjoy editing, re-writing, and crafting, I find myself getting impatient to finish now (my baby is due in 2 weeks so I have a real deadline that I can’t push out) (ha ha! see what I did there?).
It’s an uncomfortable state to work in.
But this morning on a podcast I was listening to, Shawn Coyne (author of ‘The Story Grid’) said that editing is all about FINDING PROBLEMS. If you’re doing a good job of editing, you will be finding problems.
So while my deadline continues to loom, hearing this made me feel a lot less frustrated with the process, and I wanted to share it, in case anyone else is feeling the same way.

Yellow Brick Road

Okay, so I think I just received my Very Last Rejection Letter. Yay?

After loving the self-publishing experience and results of Why You Were Taken, I decided a couple of months ago to go the indie author route with all my future books, but before that, I submitted my (much rejected) infertility memoir manuscript, The Underachieving Ovary, to one last publisher who I thought would be a good match.

I’ve never been happier to get a rejection. I laughed out loud. Especially at the part where the reader found the work “too cheery and upbeat” after my dream agent in the UK found the identical manuscript too dark and “alienating in its intensity”.

Sometimes the way forward is obscure. In my case, the path is as clear as a shiny yellow brick road. And it certainly doesn’t involve traditional publishers.

A reader’s recent review described it as “sexy, smart, and sci-fi.” – if that doesn’t belong in your Christmas stocking, then I feel sorry for your stocking.

“Author, playwright, bookdealer – Janita Lawrence is many things. Media Update sat down with her recently to talk about all things writing – including a look at her latest novel, Why You Were Taken.”
Read the interview here.
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By Darren Gilbert

I believe I ordered the EXTRA LARGE


I promise that I’m not going to become one of those authors who spam you constantly with news on their books BUT I just wanted to say an EXTRA LARGE THANK YOU for all the amazing messages and support. Oh, and I sold 56 copies of my newborn book in the first day! (25 to my mom! Ha!!) (Thanks Mom.)

What I’m Reading: The Kick-Ass Writer


TITLE | The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience

AUTHOR | Chuck Wendig at terribleminds.com


ABOUT | Excellent writing advice delivered in an easily accessible, totally hilarious way.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | Funny! Oh, so funny. I was ROFLing all over the place. Also: great, up-to-the-minute practical advice.

WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | There were a couple of typos. A minor thing that if nothing else made him come across as more human and less like a velociraptor writerbot from the future that has come to eat us up like the happy skinbags of soylent green that we are.

WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Every single one of my writer friends. (Except those who don’t like naughty words. Wait … I don’t have any friends that don’t like naughty words).

FAVOURITE QUOTE | ‘Self publishing is a viable path. It is not, however, the easy path. […] You don’t just do a ballerina twirl and a book falls out of your vagina.’

Also: ‘So plan the plot, for Chrissakes. This isn’t an improvisational dance. Take some goddamn notes.’

What I’m Reading: Stein on Writing


TITLE | Stein on Writing

AUTHOR | Sol Stein


ABOUT | Renowned editor advises you how to fix your writing using ‘immediately useful’ tips.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | Very practical advice.

WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | Some of his examples were corny.

WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Any writer who enjoys reading about the craft.

FAVOURITE QUOTE | “The secret of creating conflict in the scenes you write is to give your characters different scripts.” (p.92)

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