Do You Dread Editing Your Work?

Consider this. Artists often fine-tune their work. Yep, most artists I know let their work set or rest and then go back to view the project with a critical eye. Some have shown paintings in stages or sculptures evolving as the artist adds or chips away. Grabbing a polishing cloth or adding a few strokes makes a lot of difference.

Writing is best done in drafts! I repeat. WRITING IS BEST DONE IN DRAFTS!

Editing is best done in stages. Yes, EDITING IS BEST DONE IN STAGES!!!

Plotters MIGHT NOT need to work on story or characterization in drafts. Thorough plotters probably don’t edit or add needed details. On the other hand, characters can evolve as a story unfolds. One part of the editing process is about changing details or adding them.

There is always the grammar part. Grammar and punctuation can change a reader’s perception. The second or third draft gives a writer chances to involve readers by adding sensory details and replacing lackluster words with stronger ones. With these drafts, writers can delete or move material readers don’t need to know.

Polishing a manuscript is as important as polishing the jewel in a ring or other piece of jewelry. A diamond in the rough might be overlooked, but that same diamond polished will spark desire! Most women think nothing about adding lipstick and fluffing or curling their hair. I absolutely want my grey hidden and my red lipstick for photos!

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What is a Media Kit?

Linda Nightingale has posted a must read blog for authors with books to promote. This western romance is a book you will read more than once! She knows British aristocracy and horses.

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If you’re appearing with your book on someone’s blog, likely they will ask you for a media kit. Here’s an example of my Media Kit for The Texas Cowboy. The high points are a blurb, excerpt, author information and Social Media Links. Be sure to include the BUY LINK!.

MEDIA KIT

THE TEXAS COWBOY

Title: The Texas Cowboy

Book One, Return to Folly Series

Author: Linda Nightingale

Publisher: Magnolia Blossom Publishing

Length: 247 pages

Release Date: January 19, 2022

Tag Line: A British raised Texan returns to take over the ranch he inherited. What could possibly go wrong? Maybe a pretty, sassy cowgirl with her own agenda?

Keywords: Cowboys, cowgirls, Texas, ranching, contemporary western romance, horses, Quarter horses, horse breeding, Quarter horse racing, AQHA

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QP4C5NZ

BLURB:

When Ash Colter was twelve, his mother divorced his cattle baron father and whisked him away to raise in her native England…

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

I’LL MAKE THIS SHORT AND SWEET! HAPPY FEBRUARY AND HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

I’m working on lessons for a course on using sensory details to connect with our readers in a lasting way.

 This is a VERY NEW rough draft. Some details might change as I know where the story is going.

Alana awoke to silence and pitch darkness. What the …?  Has the power gone out?  Anger that someone had forgotten to pay the power bill tightened her jaw until the thought that someone had cut her power sent burning bile into her throat.  She couldn’t stay where she was, but what could she do?
She reached out with her right hand to feel around her side. The barely rough fabric under her palm couldn’t be her smooth satin coverlet, could it? At least there was something on that side instead of nothingness. With her left hand, she swept as far as her arm would permit and smiled.

Though her eyes should have adjusted to the dark, she made out no shapes or even a pinpoint of light or dark that hid even a speck of light. Nothing.

Straining, she distinguished a sound, actually more than one sound. Her uneven breathing reminded her she needed to slow it down and calm down. One tremulous breath followed another one and then an even louder one. Since when was breathing so loud?

What do you think has happened? Share your reactions and thoughts!

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Author/Standup Comedienne?

I can’t believe I’m going to do a comedy routine! Saturday will be my first attempt to wow an audience with my humor. I can’t decide which jokes to do.

Short jokes? Shall I tell about being the angel on top of a singing Christmas tree? What about me as the person every other kid had to pick up to show strength? NOT MY FAVE GAME UNTIL GRADE 6. REALLY?!

Writer jokes? Jokes about girdles, panty hose, control top panty hose and men who think they are still in shape if they can old their breath for seconds and claim they can still wear the same size they wore 20 years ago?

I’m still working on my routine!

I did manage to edit almost 300 words in 4 days so now I can be free to rehearse my routine, once I decide which one to use!

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Conflict, Conflict, Conflict!

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

We make decisions every day. Some decisions are easy. We know what we need to do and why, and we do what we must. Other decisions are not easy to make. Those cause internal conflict.

What if your pet is jealous of your baby? Do you get rid of the pet immediately, or do you search for solutions to help the beloved pet accept your baby, or do you give the pet away?

What if your child is dangerously jealous of your new baby? You can’t favor one child over another one, but babies can’t defend themselves, and parents can’t be with either child all the time.  How much internal conflict can build with the external conflict of jealousy?

Maybe your story characters don’t have this kind of conflict, but they need some small conflicts to keep them interesting and keep readers involved.

Check my workshop schedule and join us!

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A Class about Using Small Conflicts on the Way in January, 2022 !

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Exodus

This song has been on my mind since last night! I mentioned Farante and Teicher to a younger friend. When I googled their names, I found that “Exodus” was one of their songs. Since I LOVED the book, the movie, and the song, my mind went into binge listen mode!
It’s a sign one of my clients who is from Israel and fought with the Israeli army needs to finish his book with me!

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by Leon Uris

A book I read in high school and have not forgotten it! The characters live in my heart. The music makes me teary as only music can. I graduated in 1961!

This #1 New York Times international bestseller tells the epic history of Israel’s birth through the eyes of two generations of Jews as they fight to reclaim their homeland. Leon Uris tactfully meshes together the story of two 19th century Jewish brothers who seek refuge in Palestine with the 20th century story of how Israel gained its independence after World War II. Rich in historical accuracy and compelling characters, this literary classic sheds light on the long history of the Jewish diaspora, their struggles for liberation, and the costs of war. One of Uris’s best works, Exodus is just as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1958. The 1960 film adaptation…

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Two workshops coming up August 28: Let’s get that book started. #writingworkshops #MaryMarvella

The first is about how to corral the ideas that fight each other for our attention.

This One-and-a-Half Hour Workshop benefits Beginners who have dreamed of becoming a Writer, as well as Beginners who have started writing and stalled out on their Story.Learn Tips to Organize your thoughts and get your message across! Mary will teach you how to ‘Stay On Course’ to make that Book happen!This is an interactive, learning Workshop with Worksheets and Attendee Participation. Come prepared with your Pen, Pencil, Writing Pad, iPad or Personal Computer, and a Hunger to Learn! Light Refreshments Provided.$35.00 Registration includes All Workshop Materials, Access to Mary Marvella’s Intellectual Property, Personal Consult Time, and Light Refreshments.Please feel free to contact MMARVELLAB@aol.com or Event Host & Coordinator, Barbara Reynolds with any questions via email: barbara.reynolds@bfabulous-eats.com.

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This Two-Hour Workshop benefits Active Writers who have stalled out on their Stories or new writers who started their books but have no clue where to go from there.Learn Tips on Creating that First Draft! Organize your thoughts and get your message across! Mary will teach you how to ‘Stay on Course’ to make that Book happen!This is an interactive, learning Workshop with Worksheets and Attendee Participation. Come prepared with your Pen, Pencil, Writing Pad, iPad or Personal Computer, and a Hunger to Learn! Light Refreshments Provided.$55.00 Registration includes All Workshop Materials, Access to Mary Marvella’s Intellectual Property, Personal Consult Time, and Light Refreshments.Please feel free to contact Mary Marvella @aol.com or Event Host & Coordinator, Barbara Reynolds with any questions via email: barbara.reynolds@bfabulous-eats.com.

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CONGRATULATE CHEF SONYA KING

I helped a client write and publish a book about her life. It’s well worth the price and time you need to read it. You’ll enjoy her easy reading style and her message! I LOVE being a writing coach!

There is always hope when you believe in God’s plan.In this book, Sonya King, chef, wife and mother, tells of her journey to regain her health and find relief from her crippling pain to do the job she loved and enjoy her new marriage. After one marriage that failed, Sonya had to start over and raise her two children on her own. She overcame being a homeless teen in Atlanta, Georgia for months and graduated high school, so she knew she could do it again. She regained control of her life by earning her certification as a chef and starting a successful business. Fate stepped in and brought about debilitating pain that nearly robbed her of her hard-won, successful life. She shares her journey to recovery and the knowledge she gained while regaining control of her health and becoming stronger than ever before. This memoir about Chef Sonya’s journey will give you hope that you can overcome life’s roadblocks through faith in God and hard work on your own part, as well as help from her friends. Finding happiness depends on you.

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Where did I put those tools?

Mary Marvella, paranormal romance, writing craft

 I have been looking diligently for my writing tool box so I can begin a new book!

 “Ah, there it is.” I squat down to heft my large tool box, but it proves easier to lift than I remembered.

 How odd! I remember filling it with wonderful words and techniques I learned while reading voraciously in high school and after I retired from teaching school. Studying the master writers of the classics gave me more tools. Many tools I found while I taught writing and literature.

Fighting the rusty latch makes me ashamed of my neglect. Has it really been that long since I began to fill the toolbox with story-telling tools or since I last dug for something to interesting to use?  Ah, I remember how much finding the right adjectives and adverbs made me smile. Some rule makers said I couldn’t use them, but must choose the right nouns and adverbs. I wonder where I put those descriptive words. Maybe I left them with the tools I insisted my plumber leave at home. Any good plumber should be fine with a couple of wrenches, right?

As much as I enjoyed reading stories using omniscient point of view, I had to get rid of that.  It landed near the prepositional phrases I heard must go.  Mixing points of view in scenes, I had to take those out.  Those tools are probably with the carpentry tools I had my carpenter dump. Who needs more than one hammer, screw driver, or saw? How many nails and screws does a builder need?

         Could I use some of the old tools I once enjoyed? How many readers would welcome them?

        The concepts of paranormal have changed immensely, too. Once upon a time stories about ghosts, reincarnation, vampires, werewolves, fairytales, or monsters were paranormal. Occasional super heroes made readers drool and we loved a bit of mind reading and predicting the future. (I’m a bit old!)

        Which tools did you toss from your writing toolbox? Do you miss them?

         With all the changes in publishing, I sometimes find myself missing the classics, the stories modern publishers might not publish today. Sorry, Bill Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and others! I have two paranormal stories with very little in the way of super powers. If you like stories of reincarnation, ghosts, and/or premonitions, with no super powers, please check out The Protective Series and Haunting Refrain

            They met because he had premonitions and she was in peril. But you will never believe why they fell in love. Paranormal romance at its best. After mourning the loss of her husband, Brit Roberts manages to pick up her life as a teacher for a rural Georgia High school. Things are fine until anonymous phone calls turn creepy and her life is endangered.

             It’s not until Sam Samuels, shows up to check on her that she finds a little peace, if not a slight attraction to the handsome yet meddling security specialist. Sam Samuels isn’t just the father of one of Ms. Robert’s students, he’s a man with premonitions so strong, they make him ill. So when he meets his son’s teacher and pain kicks in, he knows something’s awry but can’t put his finger on it until he interrupts an attempt to rape and kill the teacher. Sam makes it his personal goal to protect her, only he didn’t count on falling for her.

 

Where Did I Put Those Tools?

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 I have been looking diligently for my writing tool box so I can begin a new book!

 “Ah, there it is.” I squat down to heft my large tool box, but it proves easier to lift than I remembered.

 How odd! I remember filling it with wonderful words and techniques I learned while reading voraciously in high school and after I retired from teaching school. Studying the master writers of the classics gave me more tools. Many tools I found while I taught writing and literature.

Fighting the rusty latch makes me ashamed of my neglect. Has it really been that long since I began to fill the toolbox with story-telling tools or since I last dug for something to interesting to use?  Ah, I remember how much finding the right adjectives and adverbs made me smile. Some rule makers said I couldn’t use them, but must choose the right nouns and adverbs. I wonder where I put those descriptive words. Maybe I left them with the tools I insisted my plumber leave at home. Any good plumber should be fine with a couple of wrenches, right?

As much as I enjoyed reading stories using omniscient point of view, I had to get rid of that.  It landed near the prepositional phrases I heard must go.  Mixing points of view in scenes, I had to take those out.  Those tools are probably with the carpentry tools I had my carpenter dump. Who needs more than one hammer, screw driver, or saw? How many nails and screws does a builder need?

         Could I use some of the old tools I once enjoyed? How many readers would welcome them?

        The concepts of paranormal have changed immensely, too. Once upon a time stories about ghosts, reincarnation, vampires, werewolves, fairytales, or monsters were paranormal. Occasional super heroes made readers drool and we loved a bit of mind reading and predicting the future. (I’m a bit old!)

        Which tools did you toss from your writing toolbox? Do you miss them?

         With all the changes in publishing, I sometimes find myself missing the classics, the stories modern publishers might not publish today. Sorry, Bill Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and others! I have two paranormal stories with very little in the way of super powers. If you like stories of reincarnation, ghosts, and/or premonitions, with no super powers, please check out Protective Instincts and Haunting Refrain

            They met because he had premonitions and she was in peril. But you will never believe why they fell in love. Paranormal romance at its best. After mourning the loss of her husband, Brit Roberts manages to pick up her life as a teacher for a rural Georgia High school. Things are fine until anonymous phone calls turn creepy and her life is endangered.

             It’s not until Sam Samuels, shows up to check on her that she finds a little peace, if not a slight attraction to the handsome yet meddling security specialist. Sam Samuels isn’t just the father of one of Ms. Robert’s students, he’s a man with premonitions so strong, they make him ill. So when he meets his son’s teacher and pain kicks in, he knows something’s awry but can’t put his finger on it until he interrupts an attempt to rape and kill the teacher. Sam makes it his personal goal to protect her, only he didn’t count on falling for her.

     

         Mary Marvella

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Mary Marvella has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. The arrival of the book mobile excited her more the music of the ice cream truck. As a child of the South, she inherited the storytelling gene from her parents.

Retired from teaching classic works of the masters, Mary plays let’s pretend with her characters. She has published 10 novels, 1 book on editing, and a collection of Christmas stories.

Mary tutors and coaches writers when she isn’t working on projects as a freelance editor. Mary loves soaking up new knowledge.

Georgia raised, she writes stories with a Southern flair.

Mary has taught workshops for GRW, East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers, Savvy Authors, Hearts through History (RWA) and FF&P (RWA) & The Southern Pen Indie Conference. Mary published Weeding of your Manuscript: What Editors Wish You Knew

The Cost of Deception

It was late and Drew nursed a glass of watered down whiskey as he stared at his reflection in the mirrored wall behind the bar. He looked like a renegade. The scraggly, black beard and the tinted lenses hid what was on the outside.

Why do bars have so much mirror space? True, he could see what was going on behind him, as well as anyone who approached him. He hoped to see the man who would be his connection in his current investigation. He could also see too much of himself, which wasn’t much help tonight. He couldn’t stop the mental reflections any more than he could the ones in the mirror.

Not since he left home had he worn glasses, except when he needed a disguise. He wasn’t the skinny wimp he’d been in high school or even during his first years at Georgia Tech. Now few men dared tease the muscular man who filled the black tee shirt and stretched the short sleeves rolled a notch over the bulge of his upper arm. The forearm he saw in the mirror looked lethal as veins bulged each time he flexed his hand. Drew was a man to be feared and respected. He’d worked hard to become that man.

The first year in the army was responsible for most of the transformation to the undercover cop who answered to the name Drew. He answered to many aliases. Tonight he answered to Spider, as the sinister tattoo on one forearm would suggest.

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The Cost of Deception is a romantic suspense. Tess, widowed mother and teacher, has been so wrapped in in her role as a mother that she has forgotten how it feels to be a desirable woman. Seeing Drew at the class reunion awakens her sexuality.


Drew is an undercover cop in Atlanta, GA. During his years in the military he had no concerns about marriage and starting a family. His life put him in danger, and he liked things that way. Seeing Tess at the class reunion made him rethink what he really wanted.


How can he make his career work with the things Tess and her kids make him want, when everything he tells her and her kids is a lie?

 
Yes, there will be hot sex and danger will stalk her family.

         Mary Marvella

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