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10 Things I Learned By Revising This Novel

1. My agent is brilliant. I really should pay attention to her the first time around.

2. My editor is also brilliant, mostly because she never uses the word “suckage". Even if it’s what she means.

3. I obviously like funerals--I have one in every book. In THE UNQUIET I have 3.

Note: my grandmother routinely attended funerals (weddings, too) of people she never met. I used to think it was for the food. Now I believe she simply had a morbid interest in the whole process.

4. It doesn’t matter if I’ve re-read, re-written, and re-revised 10 times--I'm still gonna screw up. I don’t know what the magic number is. I doubt I’ll ever find out.

5. There is no such thing as “Are you outta your SKULL? I can’t cut that!

6. God invented vacation and sick days specifically for writers on a deadline.

7. Even in my so-called “final” draft, my daughter can always point out something stupid I wrote.

8. I am still the Typo QUEEN of the 21st Century. That'll never change. Bow to me, peasants.

9. I’d forgotten how exciting a new book could be. :) :) :)

10. This laptop ain’t gonna hold out much longer.

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Laura Conant Howard
Mar. 15th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Was yor grandmother Grandma Mazur?
onegrapeshy
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Are we related? :)
aprilhenry
Mar. 16th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
I am totally stealing your grandma's habit for a character.
onegrapeshy
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Go for it! :)
susanwrites
Mar. 16th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
The Janet Evanovich series about the female bounty hunter, can't remember the name of it now. Anyway, there's a grandmother in it that goes to all the funeral viewings. It's a hoot. Takes place in New Jersey. It must be an east coast thing. :)
onegrapeshy
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Very possible.

She dragged me to the weddings, but never the funerals...unfortunately.
brian_ohio
Mar. 16th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
You forgot my brilliance... let's make it 3A. ;-)

I totally agree with number 10.
onegrapeshy
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
I keep getting a blank blue or lavender screen in the middle of writing. Is that indictative of an impending meltdown?
onegrapeshy
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Indicative. I can spell, really.
marirene74
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)

So excited!

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