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.


Staying up late reading… — 5 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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