From my very first post I wanted to pay homage to the speech which inspired the title of my blog, Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth. Such a beautiful speech, such a beautiful name, such a beautiful woman. It is one of my favorite pieces. I strive to emulate this style in my own work. Poetic and powerful. Honest and unafraid. Memorable. And I like brevity. It too is beautiful. This is the standard I wish to be held to as I explore the question with you ~ ain't I a writer?
"Obliged to you for hearing me, and I do have a few things more to say..."

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Onward Ho!

     I do believe that as of this morning I am officially done revising my first completed novel! It really does feel as if I am finished now. I hope that is the case because I am anxious to move onto the next one, a historical novel I have already started but haven't been able to touch in a few weeks as I had to return to the revision process of the last one, and I found working on both at the same time was just too difficult. Makes you feel a tad schizophrenic. The completed one still appears to be short by the standards set by the powers that be. It is just shy of 48,000 words where it is generally "required" that a novel be no less than 50,000. I couldn't see adding to it just for the sake of making it longer, though I did rewrite several sections which were lengthened for clarity. I do feel like the story has been fully told, though I concede I tend to be a succinct writer. I do not mince my words, as the old adage goes. That being said the one consistent piece of feedback I got from all of my benevolent readers was that it should be longer, and I addressed that as well as I could during these last few weeks of tweaking. From this point, I think only a professional editor can say what it needs, if more is needed. This baby is ready to toddle off...
      My other big accomplishment this week was the purchase of my domain name for an eventual author website, now considered a necessary part of every writer's platform. I'll be working to set that up over the next few weeks and will announce when it is all done. So much to do....