Christian author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances set from the Midwest to the Mountains. She’s written Mind of Her Own, Frontier Legacy Brides, Small Town Brides, and A Time for Love, among others.
Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.
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How does any writer get through this process without close friends? If it weren’t for the friends I’ve found through ACFW ( www.americanchristianfictionwriters.com ) I would be buried in wet tissues. My critique group has helped me with major problems and minor ones. Each one of them has brought me something unique to add to my story. Today I emailed a Heartsong author for help with a chapter by chapter synopsis and within minutes she sent me a copy of one of hers. I was on the right track but not sure. Thanks to her I can proceed with less anxiety.
I’m editing scene 31 today. I’m over half way now.
I played in Works today and published a calendar for April. I’ve written down which scenes I want to work on each day. I loved checking off things when I finish them so I’m hoping this will be an added incentive to reaching my self-inflected deadline for my current WIP.
I bought my friend Karen Wiesner’s book, Frist Draft in 30 days to help me organize the mass of papers on my desk. So far it seems that I made a good choice in my purchase. I’ve made folders and filled in worksheets. I’m further along with this book than I thought. I had to change a few critical details in this book and it changed a lot of chapters after that. But using this system I realize I should be finished before the end of April.
Or would be if: my mother-in-law hadn’t tried to move her furniture alone. She has fracture in her back. I will have less time to write now but that’s okay. I don’t mind helping her. It’s having her in pain I don’t like. 🙁
You can find Karen’s book at www.karenwiesner.com click on First Draft.
Starting over with the same plot sort of…it’s hard but I’m finding it’s not impossible. The difficult part is changing my character Randi’s life. It’s like looking back at my own and thinking what if I had decided to become a lawyer instead of a teacher. What would my life have been like?
Rewriting for me would start with being a better mom.
What would your life look like if you could rewrite it?