I love my editor.
You never know how you're going to work with someone until you're actually working with them. After three rounds of revising, I'm realizing how lucky I am to have someone like Kristin in my corner, because...
2. Two days ago, we exchanged emails discussing the implications if Justin Bieber decided to enroll in a typical high school. (The Bieb won't be denied!)
Yes, this really was part of the revision process.
3. Yesterday, we emailed back and forth about our cursing preferences: which words we personally used, which ones we didn't, which ones were too "street", too flippant, or too crass for my main character.
Someone who swears too much is like the school floozy. Nobody's gonna want to buy the milk when they can get the cow for free.
4. She doesn't mind when I use metaphors that make absolutely no sense, which makes me wonder, if that free cow tips over in the forest, would you then have to pay for the milk?
*swears a little under her breath*
5. She's incredibly patient when she has to write the same instructions over and over in the margins.
The Top three instructions on this round?
3. "Let's take this further!"
2. "a little awkward..."
And the number one instruction... "SHOW!"
So, all you writers, the number one rule to "Show, don't Tell" never goes away. Sometimes, even when you think you're showing, you're really telling. About showing. I'm dizzy.
I've taken to answering these instructions out loud to the computer screen. Yes, like a crazy person.
3. "... Your place or mine."
2. "...Welcome to my life." *awkward hugs*
1. For this one, I usually just flash the computer screen.
I'm under the wire on this round. Blogging may be sporadic. Who am I kidding? I always blog! I love to blog! And I vow, from this day forward, I will try to SHOW, not tell, in my posts. At the very least, I will flash the computer screen before pressing "Publish Post".
So, what are all y'all's plans for the weekend? Anyone snowed in, like us?