Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Writemare on Elm Street + A Game

This week, I am in Maine on an unofficial writing retreat. I'm actually here for other reasons, but as those other reasons offered me the opportunity to keep working, I've decided to consider it a writer's retreat. My sister-in-law nicknamed this experience "Writemare on Elm Street" because she's a million times more clever than I am.

My main project this week is the editing/revision of the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Bad Romance novel. You may have seen this picture on other forms of social media earlier in the week, but in case you missed it, here it is:



I haven't made it very far into the manuscript yet, but I can tell you that I am not a fan of how this story starts. Chapter Two will likely need a complete overhaul and rewrite. I hope it gets better. I mean, I know I've been calling it the terrible romance novel for a good long while now, but I don't want it to be a bad story.

My critique partners seem to have high hopes for it. They even liked the ending. So...maybe there's hope for this story yet?

Anyway, that brings me to the game portion of this post. It is my habit to go though a manuscript with a red pen and blue highlighter to better mark everything that I feel needs work. Occasionally, I go through multiple pens and multiple highlighters. And by 'occasionally', I, of course, mean every damn time. Second Nature, for example, required three pens and two highlighters.

So here's the game: How many pens and highlighters will this manuscript require? Post your guess in the comments below. Whoever's the closest without going over (Yes, we play by The Price Is Right rules...) will win a copy of the terrible romance novel when it's released (either ebook or paperback. Winner's choice. Unless that winner is outside of the U.S. Then it'll be an ebook because I can't afford international shipping.). If multiple people guess the winning combination, they will be entered into a drawing to determine the winner.

All right, so that's going to do it for me today...and for a while. I'm having visitors next week, so I won't be blogging at all. Which means I'll miss April's IWSG.

And the start of the A to Z Challenge. For all of you who are A to Z-ing this year, I salute you.



28 comments:

  1. My guess is 12.

    And yes, I did pull that number out of my butt :)

    Also, if your critique partners like it, it's probably good. Just sayin'

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    1. I really hope it isn't 12. But knowing me, it absolutely could be. :)

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  2. No guesses here.
    Not because I don't want to win but because I hate guessing.

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  3. Good luck with editing. I'll make a guess, although I'm horrible at them. Hmmm... Second Nature was longer, right? But, you're already having major issues with this one. Okay, I'm going for 6, 3 highlighters and 3 pens.

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    1. Right. I forgot to put that in. Yes, Second Nature was significantly longer by a good 500 pages, but I figure it'll all come down to how much I hate what's on the page.

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  4. Depends on how long it is. I'd say four pens and three highlighters.

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    1. The manuscript is 302 pages or 94,613 words. I meant to mention that in the post and totally forgot.

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  5. I'm going with two pens and two highlighters. Play conservatively, people!

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    1. You may have a lot more faith in the quality of this draft than I do! :)

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  6. Wow, M.J. you are on a roll. Enjoy your time away. I would say one pen and two highlighters.

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    1. Thanks! I'm wishing it were slightly warmer in Maine, but I'm certainly enjoying being here.

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  7. I could seriously use a writers retreat. Good luck with the edits :) Lets say, 3 pens and two highlighters.

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    1. Thank you! If all the chapters end up being like chapter two, I'll need all the luck I can get. :)

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  8. Alex has it. Pens should be different colors, so you can figure out when the edits were done.

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    1. The next round of edits/revisions will be in a different color. Usually purple or teal.

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  9. I'm gonna go with 2 of each. 2 pens, 2 highlighters. Here's hoping its less painful than you expect :-)@mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  10. I think 2 highlighters and 2 pens. And it probably won't be so terrible.

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  11. I say 2 pens and 1 highlighter... just to be different from everyone else. :) Gotta be optimistic!

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  12. Enjoy your writing retreat. Maine sounds like a wonderful place to engage in that.

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    1. It was nice. A little cold, but nice. My next trip will (probably) be warmer. :)

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  13. I hope you'll have a nice writing retreat. I'm going to guess three pens and three highlighters.

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  14. My guess, might be wrong that is 3 highlighters and 3 pens.
    Have a great day

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  15. Two pens and one highlighter. :)

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