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THE ROAD

Selima and the Merfolk is my first attempt at writing a novel. I began in September 2011, and completed a first person draft on January 1st 2012. Round one of editing left me disappointed. I had only edited a few pages, when I decided that my novel would engross readers more, if it were written in third person narrative. Although it was a lot of additional work, I feel confident that I made the better choice.

My second draft was finished in June. I then commissioned an editor, and after two months I confidently had my manuscript bound. Four very different people read it. One review was negative. Relatively new to straightforward criticism, I did not revisit the manuscript until January 2013. It took months, but I realized, that what I received as negative was actually necessary and good advice. He was absolutely right. Every suggestion improved the diction, as well as the flow of my novel.

Writing a novel is much more work than I anticipated. Even so, it is the most enjoyable, fulfilling thing I have done thus far. People views are subjective. Your feelings can, and will get hurt. However, there is a difference between cruel and supportive critiques, though they may have the same points. To know the difference is paramount. You might miss out on some good advice.

INTRODUCING DIARY OF A WRITING WOMAN

Hello everyone!

I am introducing a weekly feature on my blog. Every Friday I will post a diary of my progress in writing my novel – Selima and the Merfolk. I am constantly surfing the Internet, seeking new information about blogging, the business of writing and writer’s platforms. From time to time, I will share what I have learnt. In addition, if I am going to summarize my week, it’s going to be funny. I laugh a lot. It doesn’t matter if there is a crisis at work, or I forgot to take taxi fare, again.

The posts will be in the ‘Diary of a Writing Woman’ category. Feel free to leave comments, suggestions or just say hello.

If you want me to support you/something, leave the links in your comment.

I look forward to your company in this journey.

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