Writing Update – Me Crush Adverbs

How DO those adverbs get in there?

It’s not me. I used to blame the Adverb Faeries, but since I’ve pretty much eradicated every nest in my part of the neighborhood, I think something more insidious is at work, like gnomes or eldritch phantoms. Something.

Writing is going good. Lots of words, some of them even strung together into meaningful sentences that will remain uncut when the editing mower rolls through. A couple of potential query options – one promising lead which fell flat when I discovered the agency doesn’t even represent what I write. Pointless, that.

I keep catching myself thinking about the new JK Rowling tome hovering on the horizon. I plan to enjoy it even if it’s a packet of dodo droppings…which it won’t be because the woman knows how to tell a good story. I like having something to anticipate.

Yippie Kai Ayy

The edit on Novel #1 is screaming along like Bruce Willis is behind the wheel. That’s good. I like speed editing. The scent of jettisoned words smells a lot like burnt rubber but I’m closing in on the end of the story. The stickiest parts are ahead but I’m ready. Dagnabbit. What does that mean anyways?

Row on wordy peeps! How’d your weekly joust with the manuscript demons go? Knock ’em flat or end up with the little devils inside your head?

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  1. #1 by Traci Kenworth on March 5, 2012 - 9:15 am

    Adverbs are dangerous critters, that’s for sure…

    • #2 by Leslie on March 5, 2012 - 10:09 am

      If it weren’t for the editing process my manuscript would read like a fourth grader discovered a thesaurus. *ack*

  2. #3 by Julie Glover on March 5, 2012 - 11:56 am

    You’re kickin’ it, Lesann! Good for you. My ROW80 is starting to really shape up now. I can’t believe the end is near! Keep writing and editing and jousting!

    • #4 by Leslie on March 7, 2012 - 7:11 am

      Thanks Julie! This has been a rough edit. Rougher than the last one but I’ve crossed some threshold or something because all of a sudden I’m cutting deep and it’s SO much better. Next week I’ll probably cringe,but right now it’s all good.

  3. #5 by Jennifer Tanner on March 5, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    I like adverbs! But I use them sparingly. Good luck with the querying.

    • #6 by Leslie on March 7, 2012 - 7:13 am

      I love my adverbs…obviously, because they continue to sprout up like toadstools. My challenge is using them sparingly. It’s like I have a shaker and sprinkle adverb seasoning over the manuscript. I tend to season my food strongly, so I guess my writing works the same. I can’t wait to know what it’s like to be in the query stage with this book. I really want to know. Now. lol

  4. #7 by Traci Bell on March 5, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    I loved the image of your editing being like Bruce Willis behind the wheel! Mine’s more like the tortoise 🙂

    • #8 by Leslie on March 7, 2012 - 7:15 am

      Sadly, as often happens in a Willis film…the car spun out of control, crashed, burned up in a ball of flame and smoke. Now I’m sitting here with a chapter I’m not sure even needs to stay in the book but I have this itchy sensation that if I remove it…something bad will happen hundreds of pages later. Not being able to find the sync is making me crazy!

  5. #9 by Ali Dent on March 6, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    I think it’s the gnomes for sure. Wish my progress could be compared to a speeding car but I’m happy to be moving forward:)

    • #10 by Leslie on March 7, 2012 - 7:36 am

      My forward momentum crashed and burned. But it’s okay – things are still percolating as I rush around stamping out fires. Step by step, right?

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