One of the scariest things for me was leaving behind a manuscript filled with characters I knew so well, and diving into this new one with a bunch of strangers. I know them much better now...but still have a long way to go before I know them well enough to do their story justice! Right now, I'm working on getting the bones and heart of my story in good shape...I'll have plenty of time to dig deeper and polish to perfection later. Knowing that really freed me up to play around to see what works, and what I need to cut.
What helps you whip a manuscript into shape during the first round of revisions?
If you live near Boca Raton, I hope I'll see you at a FREE FL SCBWI workshop this Sunday, June 12th from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Click here for details!
There's still time to sign up for the amazing Orlando Workshop on June 25. I believe there may be a few openings in the Novel Intensive and Illustrators' Intensive (one of the leaders is an art director at Simon and Schuster)! Click here for more info.
I'm wishing From the Mixed-Up Files...of Middle Grade Authors a happy first anniversary! Wow, I can't believe our blog just started a year ago. We've had so many interviews, book lists, and giveaways since then. Speaking of giveaways--there's a wonderful one going on to celebrate our anniversary. Hop on over to the website and leave a comment for a chance to win these great books by E.L. Konigsburg: The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World, The View from Saturday, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.