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I am writing this at midnight. Why? 

I have no idea. I will get up in the morning and see what I have posted and go, WHY? I don’t believe I did that. I usually write in WORD, correct spelling, edit, post, re-read, correct spelling, edit —–

Well, you get the picture, but this is random listings of this weekend’s wedding.

The bride, grand-great niece, is an individual and, as such, wanted her own unique wedding.  Her gown was a deep red and her hair was spiked on top of her head and she walked down the absolutely fantastic staircase in their house and, I swear, it took my breath away. She looked that great. 

Her seven attendants each wore their own choice of a black party/formal dress. All of the wedding party was going to go barefoot, but a cold snap headed into Wisconsin.

This was their wedding cake. The bride picked it out and the groom’s mother baked it. She was a professional baker, as I understand it. I ate two slices and Yummm!

The bride looked and looked for a unique top ornament for it but never found the right one. Perhaps a groom and bride sliding on top would have worked, and been in keeping with this funny, great couple.

It was an outdoor wedding with a string quartet, readings on love and marriage by relatives, acknowledgement to all religions, and self-written vows.

With that in mind, the brides uncle brought up the fact that why in the world do we have to have the bridal couple with their back to the crowd during the ceremony? I think it’s a good point. I would much rather see their faces, than their backs.

Both my grand nieces, who are marrying this summer, have found the greatest husband/husband-to-be. The guys each have a good sense of humor and are kind and considerate. 

Now, as far as me- I drove eight to ten hours each way, slept little, ate too much and had a really good fantasy in my head, on the drive home. It involved camping on a hill , comets, Viggo Mortensen, a campfire, stars,  and him singing the song he did at the end of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy; which without reading the words for it sounds more like a love song than any song I have heard. Guess the weddings put me in the mood for romance. What better way to spend an eight hour drive?

All that was missing was cake.

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Everyone has to find what works for them. For me, the start of a novel is “What if…”

I like to watch the story grow myself and do not find that I work well from a set outline. I have tried 3×5 cards for laying out the plot, and about every other method I have ever read but these lead to a lot of time spent that is not where my book wants to go. I like Stephen King’s method, “just write.”   It also keeps my book interesting to me. I have heard writers say how the always hit a point where their book kind of dies on them. But, if you just sit down and write down the story that is in your head, it will take you to unexpected places and keep you going. One reason for this is that I love to do research, and as I write, I stop immediately and research what I need. This leads to my discovering things I never considered and  my world grows.

For this book, I have found two photos on the internet that I knew, the minute I saw them, would make great characters in this world. I wasn’t looking for characters at the time. My books usually start with the character and the situation but can go anywhere from there. I was watching those extra DVD discs you get in movies one day. It was one of the Lord of the Rings discs and for some reason tears started streaming as I realized one of my characters must die.  I already warned you I cry easily, but I have become attached to this character and he has a pretty big part, but that is the way the world is.

Right now, I am 10% done with my final edit. I work in MS Word and was doing an edit where I had a list of words to search for that need to be removed. These were words that were passive and useless, etc. After doing that for days, I found that I could pick them out on reading much easier and my next novel will be tighter from the beginning. That word search was tedious and the first time that I was bored with my book. That’s not a good way to write a riveting revision sentence.  Then, Graduate daughter told me about a grade level check in MSWord that ha

In MSWord: hit REVIEW; Highlight the text you want to check. I am going through the book paragraph by paragraph as it is too cumbersome to do a whole book at a time. Then click SPELLING & GRAMMAR, and when that is done, click NO on “…finished checking…do you want to continue” and you will get  Readability Statistics. There are two important things there. 

1. is PASSIVE-you do not want any of your novel to be passive. Very occasionally something just has to be. For my story, it has been in parts where someone is telling about the past but even then there is usually a way to reword it.

2. Is the FLESCH-KINCAID GRADE LEVEL (and you might have to set your Word to show this. I am aiming for sixth grade level. I find that my dialogue doesn’t always work at that level, but everything else should be within that range. I write for eight hours most days and I have spent a whole day on four paragraphs; wording and rewording to get them up to grade level and to sound the way I want.

This edit, keeps the material fresh and alive for me. I’m enjoying the process and I believe that will show in the long run. I’ve even started, okay a little early yet, I still have 90% of my final edit to do, but I have started my first query letter to go to Nathan Bransford. He always says, “Send it to me first.”

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