A Round of Words in 80 Days Part Deux

Round Two of A Round of Words in 80 Days!

Round Two has officially started, with an inspiring post by Kait Nolan. Here's a bit of it:

"Make a vow this time to have your own little shoulder companion sitting there urging you to make good choices. Maybe for you it will be your favorite writer. Maybe you’ll have a little Stephen King or a Madeleine L’Engle or a Nora Roberts on your shoulder. Maybe you’ve got somebody else who will inspire you to put the writing first. No matter who you choose as your personal mascot, let there be someone who can push you that extra mile. And don’t worry…the rest of us will be there to back you up as well."
That said, my goals for this time around are the same as last - edit the novel!

I start Round Two on page 105 of 195. I've discovered that editing isn't the hard part - it's surprisingly fun and easy to take a few hours in a coffee shop and slash through the manuscript with a red/brown/pink/whatever pen. It's typing up those changes...

I really ought to have a measurable goal for the end of this round, though, so let's say, I'd like to have the novel presentable, but with lots of tweaking needed in terms of research. Then if there's a Round Three (!), I can use it to focus entirely on research (oh, the reading I'll do!).

And on that note - head on over to Medeia's, she's giving away books!

Meanwhile, on that bad review debacle going on (which I first heard about through All the World's Our Page), Nathan Bransford posted a link to a clear and cogent essay on the subject of authors and bad reviews.
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