New beginnings… or, please not another revision!

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Bridal Wreath Spirea in bud

Now that spring is officially underway, I think most of us are wishing for signs that winter is giving in and retreating. We all realize that where we live has a bearing on how soon we can expect to see buds bursting, but we’re more than ready for the return of springtime with its cycle of new beginnings. Then again, there are some beginnings I’d rather avoid.

Monday’s post was about a blogfest where we were to offer up the start of our novel for a critique that focused on showing voice. We posted the first 250 words and waited for our fellow bloggers to tear into them and pass judgment on the quality of the opening and its voice.

Brenda Drake is hosting this “Show Me the Voice” blogfest-cum-contest, and her instructions were to post it for critiques, then polish the excerpt until it shines, and submit it to be judged.

Have you any idea how many times I’ve revised that novel? I’d challenge you to throw out a number, but in truth I don’t think I remember exactly how many. Nevertheless, I tweaked those 250 words and, of course, found myself reading on to the end of the chapter. And, just like every other time I looked at it, I could see more possible changes. Oh, please… not another revision!

I’ve asked the question before, but still, there is that niggling uncertainty. When do you know it’s time to stop revising a manuscript?

I have a different novel in revision, and another new one in the works. I don’t want to begin revising this one again. In fact, I’ve sent the excerpt to Brenda, and I’m closing the file. I just can’t face it. So, unless someone can convince me otherwise, I’m off to work on my new story. ‘Bye now!

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A Caption Contest Giveaway

Yesterday we spent the day at the Vancouver Aquarium and came home with tired but happy grandchildren, sore feet, and many pictures of spectacular underwater sea life. As I sorted through the photos, deciding which to keep and which to trash, this one begged for a caption.

CAPTION: ?

My brain went in search of something suitable and came up blank. So I’m tossing the gauntlet in your direction. The best writing-related caption will win a $15 Starbucks Coffee gift card. Leave your suggested caption in the comments section for today’s post anytime between now and midnight Sunday, August 1st and on Monday we’ll pick a winner.

C’mon, give it your best shot. Show us how imaginative you can be. (Just be sure to keep it tasteful.) Card will be in Canadian currency, but is available to be won by anyone who is able to redeem it.

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