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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 03:54:11 PM
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Cruzin’ into the second half of the book!

I’ve been gone for a while now, and boy was it helpful. I have been able to focus solely on my manuscript, and the stress of not having to worry about a blog post every week is really nice. I’ve spent a ton of time on my first chapter. It was the one that felt...

I’ve been gone for a while now, and boy was it helpful. I have been able to focus solely on my manuscript, and the stress of not having to worry about a blog post every week is really nice.

I’ve spent a ton of time on my first chapter. It was the one that felt the weakest. There was hardly anything there that felt worthwhile, and now it feels great. Well, compared to what it was before. I added quite a few pages that helped flush out who my main character is at the beginning of the book, and I realized that I needed to flip a certain scenario to give the story more weight later on.

The next couple chapters haven’t changed as much from the previous draft, but I will be adding in little hints of foreshadowing here and there to make the ending more dynamic.

It is going slowly right now, but I’m hoping that each time I finish a draft I pick up more speed as the editing process becomes easier and easier. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that’s the case.

I might even release a sneak peek at part of the first chapter, if enough people are interested 😉

Have a happy Wednesday!



Posting dates & blog updates

I need your opinion. I’ve been struggling with making content each week that I feel truly revolves around writing, and I was wondering what people would think if I dialed the blog posts to once every other week. I also want to put the majority of my energy into the revision of my manuscript, and...

I need your opinion. I’ve been struggling with making content each week that I feel truly revolves around writing, and I was wondering what people would think if I dialed the blog posts to once every other week.

I also want to put the majority of my energy into the revision of my manuscript, and I feel like I only throw something up every week simply because that is my schedule. Not because I have something important to say at the time.

I’d rather post less frequently right now and have each post be interesting to read instead of what it feels like right now. That is simply my impression.

Leave a comment below on how you feel, or if you have a topic you’d like me to post on. I’ll try to take different opinions into consideration.

Also, I’m reading Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto (who was one of my fabulous teachers during my MFA), and the book is simply astounding. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants something well written, who loves history and demands multi-dimensional characters.

If you read it, I’d love to hear your opinion on it!!!



Writing to feel the rain

I’ve completely finished the edits on my first draft! Let me tell you, it was an ugly mess. I mentioned in a previous post that I thought the beginning was going to be the easier part (it was not), and I found the further I got into the story the better it became. My husband...

I’ve completely finished the edits on my first draft!

Let me tell you, it was an ugly mess. I mentioned in a previous post that I thought the beginning was going to be the easier part (it was not), and I found the further I got into the story the better it became.

My husband said that “of course” that made sense. He said the further along I got the more came to understand what was going on and how the piece worked as a whole. It just goes to show you that every day is a learning experience. Even from people who don’t think they know anything about writing.

I am happy with the middle part of Neon Girlfriend considering that it’s still the first draft. I knew the ending I wrote was going to change, so I honestly left the last several pages unmarked because I plan on throwing them out anyhow.

Between the notes I made on the physical draft, the notecards I wrote out that contain the larger issues I need to deal with, and the fact that the ending needs to be redone, I think I’m in a decent spot. It may be stupidity thinking that amount of work is a good start, but my stubbornness and blind ambition are going to get me somewhere with this manuscript.

As I’ve been editing my own work I’ve been doing a lot of reading on editing. I find that reading about editing helps me be more aware of when I make mistakes in my own writing.

Case and point, I tended to use a lot of exposition in this first draft simply because I was trying to get the base down without losing momentum. I spend too much time describing things that I can show in scenes. That will be a brunt of the second drafts edits.

Still, I know that’s how I write. Or at least how I wrote this draft, so I’m not too worried.

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I was reading Stein on Writing by Sol Stein, and he said

something that really struck me as monumental. He mentions hearing E. L. Doctorow once say, “‘Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader, not the fact that it’s raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.'”

It really resonated with me that for the first draft I’d been focused on telling the reader that it’s raining, and I think that’s fine for a first draft so that I could focus on laying out the necessary character motivations and plot points, but now, now I get to go back through and show the reader what it’s really like to breathe and move alongside my characters. I really cannot wait.

Are there any quotes that help your writing/editing process. If so, comment them below! I’d love to hear them!

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50 Word Friday #35: Morning

The birds are chirping. There are cars starting up outside. The bustle irritates my fuzzy senses. The sun is hardly awake, so why am I? This isn’t something even the strongest cup of coffee will fix. I’m being dramatic, you say? I say I dozed off many times writing...

The birds are chirping. There are cars starting up outside. The bustle irritates my fuzzy senses. The sun is hardly awake, so why am I? This isn’t something even the strongest cup of coffee will fix. I’m being dramatic, you say? I say I dozed off many times writing this!



I am a published author!!! The book is out!!!

For those following my blog, you might remember that I was accepted for publication several months ago…   I’m happy to announce that the book is finally available to purchase! Or you can click this link: http://bit.ly/2GwaX9R   Buying the book from my website means I get a commission from the sale, so if you’re thinking...

For those following my blog, you might remember that I was accepted for publication several months ago…

 

I’m happy to announce that the book is finally available to purchase! Or you can click this link: http://bit.ly/2GwaX9R

 

Buying the book from my website means I get a commission from the sale, so if you’re thinking of reading my work please purchase it through me 🙂

If you’re wondering what the short story is about…

Always having lived in a small town, Sasha is drawn in by Paul who recently came into town to help his mother move. Desperate to have the romance she never had as a teen, Sasha seeks Paul out. Only there is something dangerous about their relationship. Something that might push one of them over the edge.

 

I’m really excited about this, and it would mean the world if you would check out the publisher’s site!

See you on Friday!



50 Word Friday #34: Fudgel

Note: Fudgel means pretending to work when you’re really doing nothing at all The bedroom door opened. I scrambled to hide the candy wrapper. “What are you doing?” “Oh,” I pushed my hand between the pile of folded shirts. “Just laundry.” “Then why is there chocolate on your face?” I reached up and rubbed the evidence...

Note: Fudgel means pretending to work when you’re really doing nothing at all

The bedroom door opened. I scrambled to hide the candy wrapper.

“What are you doing?”

“Oh,” I pushed my hand between the pile of folded shirts. “Just laundry.”

“Then why is there chocolate on your face?”

I reached up and rubbed the evidence from the corner of my mouth.

“Fudgel.”



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