Thursday, January 13, 2011
This is a fairly recent picture of Me and Jen. Close ups aren’t too flattering, lol.
For the record, I started reading Jen’s edits this morning, I could definitely tell that she was nearly unconscious when she did the last few chapters. Nothing a little spell and check and a few grammar changes can’t fix. I was so excited to finally get it back for the last and final edit. Hopefully, I will be able to tackle it in the next few days and put a little spit and shine on it. Then we are sending our baby out into the world to be criticized and poked at.
Like Jennifer, I am very critical of our book. I am scared to death of what our readers will say. We put hundreds of hours into talking, writing, editing, researching, texting, driving, and brainstorming. Now, that it is almost completely finished, I am ready to work on something else. I actually have been in between our editing cycles but I have so many great ideas and I feel if we can get this one completely finished and published then the rest of the ideas will flow like a river.
When I started writing this book, I wrote as if I was writing a letter. I wrote quick and to the point. Jennifer is the QUEEN of details. Unlike her, I write just to get down my thoughts and then I have to back track and fill in the details. Which is fine but time consuming whenever I have so many ideas. After adding and editing, scene after scene, I can honestly say that my writing has improved greatly. I am currently writing a book, no sidekick involved :(. In doing so, I feel more motivated and descriptive then ever. I can literally write chapters about a person and never mention their physical attributes or their name and the reader can “see” and “understand” my character and their greatest personality traits. Which believe me, it’s harder than it looks.
Through this journey, I have also learned patience. Believe me, it isn’t a trait that I have come by lightly.
And the people who have supported us in making this dream come true, my Auntie Sharon (Jen’s Mom), Tyler (my husband), and definitely a big thank you to the rest of our loving family for being so supportive. We couldn’t have done any of this without your love and guidance.
And now, I am diving my head back into our book so we can finally get this thing finished completely and out the door. Love you all.