So, how is everyone feeling today? We all know Monday is the pits. At least this one was. Cold and rainy. I'm dragging my tail from staying up too late all last week writing and blogging.
This is the Writer's Hole, so it's important to know that you can complain if you want. Go ahead. Get it all out.
I was feeling a little better about my manuscript, ready to stop re-re-re-re-revising my first chapter and move onward, until I got a new writing book in the mail. It's called Flogging the Quill: Crafting a Novel that Sells by Ray Rhamey, who has a fantastic blog by the same name. I came home, opened the box from Amazon before I'd even taken my coat off, made a cup of tea and read the first 38 pages right there at the dining room table.
Rhamey's book is excellent. He has a totally readable and yet razor-sharp analysis of how to craft compelling fiction. It's unlike any other book on writing fiction that I've seen. As I read, I realized that I have a lot farther to go than I thought (well, to be more accurate, than I hoped) before my manuscript is ready to send out. And that I have to revise the first chapter again, especially the first page. It's still not compelling enough to make a reader - let alone an agent - want to know more about my story. The story is there... just not right on the first page.
Two steps forward and one step back. That's the writing life. Thoughts, anyone?
FTC Disclaimer (not) - I didn't get anything from Mr. Rhamey for talking about his book on my blog. I bought it from Amazon.com.