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Author Sara Cottingham's official site featuring a weekly blog and links to previously published content.
Blog Tags: writer - author - books - blog - education - literature
Blog Added: September 29, 2017 09:54:11 AM
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Neon Girlfriend is here…Let the editing commence!

I wanted this out earlier in the day, but I came down with some sort of 24-hour stomach bug. Everyone knows that those usually end up with you having an intimate day with your bathroom floor. Anyhow, I did manage to get myself to the print store before it closed last night and got the...

I wanted this out earlier in the day, but I came down with some sort of 24-hour stomach bug. Everyone knows that those usually end up with you having an intimate day with your bathroom floor.

Anyhow, I did manage to get myself to the print store before it closed last night and got the first half of my novel printed! (Please don’t read the picture, it’s all garbage.)

I will say, I love the editing process. There are a lot of people who write a ton on their first draft, but then they have to cut. I am pretty much the opposite. I start out with just the foundation of my work. I make sure the bones are good before I start adding improvements. I’m building the house from the ground up.

That said, my first draft should be about 120 pages. I had rather hoped it would be longer, but it’s what I have.

So, let me tell you a little bit about Neon Girlfriend. I had the idea for it several years ago before I started my MFA. I didn’t want to start working on it right away. It felt too big to just jump into right away. We lived at a boundary in Seattle where the high tech, rich companies were moving in on places that were generally lower income. That caused a lot of tension, and we saw the negative conflict it was having on people nearly every day.

My story is about a man, Reese, who has lived in a lower economic area for his whole life. He works as a garage security guard for a small company. To impress a girl he just met (she’s the star performer at a local strip club) he steals a necklace out of one of the cars he’s supposed to be monitoring.

I would like to think my book is about the gentrification of low economic urban areas. My husband says it’s about a creepy guy who falls in love with a stripper. To each their own.

Working with what I have, I marked each chapter with a sticky. Ideally, each chapter will get a week of work. I’ll tear it apart for grammatical errors, plot holes, and inconsistencies in character development. Each color of sticky will mean a different issue.

Next, I use my drafting board to visually break apart the issue in the chapter. Each sticky note will get its own set of note cards that detail the areas needing work.20180713_123103.jpg

At least, that’s what I’m hoping will happen. We’ll have to see how it actually goes!

If I get to the end of this draft, I’ll be proud if I have 60-ish decent pages to work with on the next draft.

We all know that Lilo and Stitch have the right idea!

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credit on the Lilo and Stitch photo: Writers Write on Pinterest. Their website: https://writerswrite.co.za/first-writing-attempts/

Other photos belong to me



Moving today’s post to Friday

I didn’t anticipate how much work I needed to move on to my computer before printing out my draft, and since I wanted to do a post about how I go about my editing process with a physical copy I’m going to have to move today’s post to Friday. I even wanted to post pictures...

I didn’t anticipate how much work I needed to move on to my computer before printing out my draft, and since I wanted to do a post about how I go about my editing process with a physical copy I’m going to have to move today’s post to Friday.

I even wanted to post pictures of my workspace, and I need my hubby’s camera for that. Could I have been more proactive and done this last night? Yes, but as much as I like to think I’ll get stuff done late at night it almost never happens.

I’ll have two posts out on Friday. Promise.



50 Word Friday #31: Umbratic

Shade cools against the splintering heat of the midday sun. Sweat tickles against the band on my baseball cap. I rub at the annoyance. I step deeper into the grey shelter of the tree and my hand over my shoulder blades. Wonderfully, the heat of my sunburn begins to...

Shade cools against the splintering heat of the midday sun.

Sweat tickles against the band on my baseball cap. I rub at the annoyance.

I step deeper into the grey shelter of the tree and my hand over my shoulder blades.

Wonderfully, the heat of my sunburn begins to fade.



When writing fails you, you can always read and research.

I can’t say that writing has failed me so much as my writing hand has failed me. I had a bad fall on a hike a little less than two weeks ago and I’m still in a brace. I guess it was a good thing I finished my first draft when I did because it...

I can’t say that writing has failed me so much as my writing hand has failed me. I had a bad fall on a hike a little less than two weeks ago and I’m still in a brace. I guess it was a good thing I finished my first draft when I did because it has meant that my recovery hasn’t been punctuated with the need to type.

While I can do most things in relative comfort now it still is rather uncomfortable to type. So, I’ve been reading a ton. It’s wonderful. I’ve downloaded at least three new books to read while we go camping for the 4th of July. I would only count one as a “literary” book, but the others are summer reads by authors I adore.

As for research, I might spend one more week preparing myself before I dive into the editing phase. I’m going to go through all my notes that I got during grad school and make a board that I can put up in my office to have as a reminder of all the things I need to stay on top of. (I just thought of the board thingy, and I really like that idea…)

Anyhow, I can’t really say that anything else exciting has happened because it truly hasn’t. Hurting your dominant arm is super annoying and I don’t suggest it. I’m just thankful I didn’t break it. My husband was convinced I had, but luckily I just messed up the soft tissue.

Next week I’ll post pics of my editing board to show you what I came up with 🙂

For those celebrating, have happy 4th of July! Otherwise, have a good weekend 🙂



No posts this week.

It’s later than normal, but I wanted to get something out to let everyone know I won’t be posting this week. I tore some ligaments in my forearm so I’m in a sling and brace for the next several weeks. I may be able to type with both hands next week so there might be...

It’s later than normal, but I wanted to get something out to let everyone know I won’t be posting this week. I tore some ligaments in my forearm so I’m in a sling and brace for the next several weeks. I may be able to type with both hands next week so there might be something up then.

I’ll hope to see you next week!



50 Word Friday #30: Fishing

The sunburn on my back tells me I’ve been here for hours. None of the bait I brought appeals to the palette of these bass and trout. A carp leaps up, huge, mocking, and not what I want. I switch my bait. Cast. Maybe this time I’ll get a...

The sunburn on my back tells me I’ve been here for hours. None of the bait I brought appeals to the palette of these bass and trout.

A carp leaps up, huge, mocking, and not what I want.

I switch my bait. Cast. Maybe this time I’ll get a bite.



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