Sunday, January 15, 2012

The value of a good writing partner

I am quite the wuss. No denial there. Things like scary movies give me nightmares, not even comedy horror is safe for me. Editing is another thing I can be a giant wuss about. Sure, asking a writing partner to read my WIP is easy peasy. But getting those edits back... I definitely procrastinate looking. Mostly because I get on an emotional roller coaster when I go through edits. This edit I'll agree with. That one will make me go WTF? While another makes me pull my hair in frustration. Doesn't my partner get what I am trying to say??? Up and down, up and down. It's quite exhausting.

But writing partners are valuable tools. For one, they save money. They do it for free after all. (Of course, the downside to that is they may not be speedy. Other things can take priority over your WIP. Can't always blame them. A bit heartless to get mad at a someone when their grandma is in the hospital and they don't have the time to read.) They give great insight, point out plotholes, find missed words, and help you make your WIP that much better.

If I could just find the guts to open the edited file.

Fortunately, my writing partner, Marybeth, has made it easy for me. She's made it fun. Yes, you heard me right. Fun. Let me give some examples of her notes.

Comment 7 to my overused of the word prickled: Heh sparked perhaps? Prickle is obviously the word of the day!
Comment 8 in reference to Ben's mom telling him not to be a lazy by saying Sloth: Sloth! So cute, even as one of the 7 deadly sins :D
Comment 14 in reference to a pastor's sermon about Satan temping you. This one made me laugh out loud and hubby stare at me: Satan is my friend. He’s warm and red and doesn’t mind that I watch gay porn!
Comment 30 in reference to Ben beating temptation. Yes, MB is a perv: Actually Ben, you didn’t “beat” it at all :P
Comment 39 in reference to Ben and Shirley stealing kissing between classes: GASP! KISSING IS THE DEVIL’S WORK! IT LEADS TO TINGLING IN THE NAUGHTY BITS!
Comment 42 in reference to 'therapy' to cure being gay: Maybe he’ll meet Jazz! (Jazz is my fav character in her story Tears of A Clown
Comment 44 in reference to Eric shifting. I kinda felt like I was being scolded: Heh again with bugs! If you take out some of the others, this one can stay :P  

I think you get the idea. Never before had I been quite eager to see a note. My mood was definitely lightened. I laughed the whole time, even while considering the more serious notes. MB, I am so kidnapping you and putting you in my closet. =D


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13 comments:

  1. In the closet huh? Do you know something about me that I don't even know? :D My family will be SHOCKED! hehe

    Glad you found my notes entertaining yet helpful. I strive to please dammit! Seriously though, I don't get people who think they have to be nasty and belittling while giving tough love. That doesn't do much except wear down a person's confidence and lead them towards giving up. I'd rather someone polish their work than throw it out, know what I mean?

    And yes, I am a perv..it's thanks to all that gay porn I've been watching with Beezlebub. He's good to have around in the winter. Helps me keep my heating bills down ya know?

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    1. I don't think there's anything you don't know. I just have a big closet and it looks like a good place to hold someone captive to further my writing. =D

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  2. well...so long as I have my laptop and internet connection I should be okay in there. :P

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    1. I'm married to a computer nerd, you'll be in techie heaven. LOL

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    2. SCORE! What about Satan? Can he come visit me in the closet?

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    3. Hmmm, I suppose as long as he doesn't set anything on fire. ;)

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  3. I wouldn't mind comments like that on my work!

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    1. Well, maybe when we get the accountability group together, we'll find you someone who makes comments like that. =D

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  4. Those comments made me laugh. I'm not sure how I feel about beta testing.

    How did you get this nifty blog comment tree thing working? I want one. Everytime I learn how to do something on blogger or with HTML I forget what and how I did it by the next time I go to make changes.

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    1. I didn't do anything. It showed up on it's own. I figured it was a new feature for blogger.

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    2. Yay. I have it too. I hated the old comment system for blogger... this is so much better.

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  5. I'm a funny gal...sometimes anyhow :P

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  6. One of the two projects I'm working on is with a partner. Norma and I get along famously, and the work on our novel is going well!

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