The Good, the Bad, and the Very, Very Ugly: All Manuscripts Are Not Created Equal


  1. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey January 28, 2014 at 10:04 am .

    Oh, no, I’m not putting my worst out there for everyone to see. However, I will say that my editor asked me this about my (hopefully) to-be-published-in-late-2014 novel, “When did you start having your characters shrug so much?” I won’t tell you how many times “shrugged” had to be removed.

    And for another first draft mystery manuscript, my critique group members said, “Enough about the cats already!” That was right after we adopted Katie Cat and I had turned into a crazy cat lady.

    I keep on finding new ways to write badly with each new manuscript.

  2. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek January 28, 2014 at 10:47 am .

    I love the image of Pat as the crazy cat lady. Funny.

    I wrote a novel. Yup, sure did. It sucked. It’s now languishing on a drive somewhere. BUT, I learned a lot from my attempt (mainly that I’m not a fiction writer, but a few other plot things too). I now have a new idea and I’m so nervous to even start. I have to keep reminding myself, as you pointed out, it will not get written perfectly, but that doesn’t mean the concept has no merit. Right? RIGHT??? ;)

  3. Cindi Myers
    Cindi Myers January 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm .

    My characters frequently suffer from spastic Tourette’s, repeatedly nodding or shrugging or smiling like idiots on every page. Taking that stuff out is what revision is for…

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer January 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm .

      And the awesome Cindi Meyers is going to be teaching a class on just that next week!!!!

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