Every Story Starts With One Thought

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Every year, millions of books go unwritten because writers are waiting to formulate the perfect storyline before putting pen to paper. Sound familiar? If it does, don’t wait any longer. Get yourself in front of your laptop, now, and start typing because the perfect plot, the perfect characters or flawless manuscript will only come to you when you do.

Every story starts with one thought. My The Guilty Woman novel started when I saw the sentence “OH GOD! OH God, oh God, is he dead?” in a book I was reading. Taking that one line, I got myself to my laptop and ran with it. I wrote whatever came to mind. From those few words the storyline began to formulate, and seventy-thousand words later, voilà.

Now, get to that laptop and start typing. Start to lay the foundation for a book. Your book. Write. Write, and write some more. Read what you’ve written closely. I guarantee that when you do, the book you were meant to write will start to come together with ease. The outline will flow, the plot and characters will come together, the scenery will formulate in your head, and before you know it, you’ve realized your dream.

Godspeed!

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M.L. Lexi’s Good Reads (or Listening)

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The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks brings Ira Levinson a lonely, ninety-one year old in poor health together with a young couple, Sophia and cowboy Luke, for a wonderful romantic ride that in the end changes their lives forever.
Once again, Sparks’ storytelling, eloquent descriptions of emotions and characters, realistic issues in relationships come together into a seamless, powerful story of love and devotion.
The movie, which I’ve watched umpteen times, is almost as good as the book. Don’t be fooled by Rotten Tomatoes and Roger Ebert’s two-star rating. If you’re feeling like a romantic movie, settle in with The Longest Ride. An aging Alan Alda cast as Ira Levinson makes watching it well worth the ride.

FUN FACT: A quote from Nicholas Sparks “I grew up on powdered milk and ate tons of potatoes, though to be honest, I never noticed how poor we really were until I was old enough to take an honest appraisal of things. Even then, it didn’t matter. For the most part, I had a wonderful childhood and wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Can You Overedit?

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In my opinion, perfection is not possible, so yes, you can overedit.

I defy you to name a book where mistakes are non-existent. They’re usually minor mistakes, but they’re there, and they will show up in your own book no matter how much time you spend editing your manuscript. That’s not to say you should put out work full of mistakes. It’s simply that you need to accept you’re human, and mistakes are inevitable.

When you find those two misspelled words in your three-hundred-page novel, it will frustrate you, and you will never feel good about it. At some point though, you need to put your foot down on the editing process and move on. Incessant over editing becomes obsessive, and simply put you end up not making your book better, but different.

Personally, I hate editing. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Did I mention that I hate it? Reading my manuscript over and over is a tedious task. After the tenth read, I become so sick and tired of looking at it that I end up making more mistakes.

You can hire a copy editor to find the errors you miss, but finding a reliable, professional editor is like searching for a needle in a haystack. The editors I’ve worked with thus far have drained my bank account and left me wondering why I hired them.

So, when editing, try to make it as error-free as possible, but realize that at some point, you have to roll with what you have. Come to terms with the fact that it will never be perfect, and that the occasional mistake will get away from you.

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