Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Staying up late reading...

I meant to get to bed early last night once I finished the second draft.

I thought I'd just take a look at another chapter or two of Karen Miller's MS.

Big Mistake. It's just as well that she didn't give me the whole book or I would have been up till three. I read one of the best bits of writing detailing the physical use of magic, ever - had me on the edge of my chair.

I am madly jealous though - how does she manage to get a book to such a polished stage after only a couple of passes? Honestly, compared to her, I am pathetic. I still have typos and rough spots and repetition and stuff that doesn't make sense and pedantic prose that would bore the fur off a sleeping cat.

I know, I shall blame it on my age. She's younger than me. Prettier too. Darn it.


Jo said...

Well I don't know about the comparison of stages of writing, but you both turn out a good novel in the end no matter all the slogging that goes into it. I guess it can be frustrating if it seems so much easier to someone than it does for you. Youth does give a benefit in the looks department too, I have noticed that once or twice - or so.

Anonymous said...

Trust me, I'm aging rapidly.

Wow. You surely do know how to embarrass a person, don't you?????

Thank you. I have to say, I've been forced into upping my early draft game by getting myself into an insane scheduling situation. It's a kill or be killed scenario. Tough, but I think it has helped me improve. The important point is that the readers don't have a clue how long it takes us to get somewhere, nor do they care. Your current WIP is a great series, and that's all they'll be thinking about when they read it.

mythusmage said...

Damn you, you made me drool. Now I shall be forced to put Karen into a higher tax bracket.

Satima Flavell said...

You both turn out superb books, Glenda and Karen. And you're both gorgeous:-) Mind you, you could both be dead ugly and I'd still be jealous, because by crikey, youse sheilas can write!

glenda larke said...

I am sure Karen puts in a helluva lot of slogging - but she is more efficient. I am sloooooooooow. One bit at a time.

But as you say - what counts is the end product.