This awesome hop is hosted by Cortney Pearson and Theresa Paolo. Today I am supposed to post what I've learned from The Falcon Prince.
It taught me to stick with it. To put butt to seat and finish it already!
Don't get me wrong. I love writing rough drafts. I love creating characters, and I especially love making a plot. It is so much fun to immerse myself in a world that I have created and write the journey as I experience it through the eyes of my characters. Ooooh, is it so much fun, its like eating a dark chocolate mousse cake enrobed in decadent ganache coupled with velvety mounds of vanilla bean ice cream. In other words, its writing heaven.
Editing is hell.
The Falcon Prince is the first manuscript that I actually buckled down and said, "I'm gonna edit this thing from start to finish, and dang it, I'm going to finish it!"
It was absolute torture in the beginning. But it's getting better. I am learning the sweet satisfaction of turning a bare bones scene into an enriched, sensory experience. The thrill of finding just the right words. The back-breaking work of sprinkling description in with action, and action in with the dialogue. This is definitely not easy. But my writing is getting a whole lot better.
Thanks to everyone who has joined me on this writing journey, it was so much fun to read about your manuscripts. Best wishes to all of you out there.