Friday, July 16, 2010

3 Pages, 2 Shih-Tzus and 1 Revision

3 Pages:

This morning I got up and wrote my three pages. During the process I found out my heroine's biggest mistake of her life and it turns out it almost cost her her life not just her career and marriage like I thought. Maybe this process does work? I think I'm going to stay with it for awhile. I mean, I've been looking for this secret for months. Months and months. I knew it was there. I just didn't realize I'd have to dig for it at 5:30 in the morning. Oye!

2 Shih-Tzus:

I'd like to introduce you to my two best little buddies. They are loving, sweet, sometimes naughty, and always enjoyable. Susie is six and Billy is five.


Three words to describe her: Princess, Adventurous, Sweet


Three words to describe him: Loyal, Protective, Playful

You'll be seeing a lo of them. They are my little writing companions. Though it's mostly Billy with me at 5:30 when I writing my morning pages. Susie prefers to sleep in until about 6:30 or 7:00 (Princess, remember?).

1 Revision:

The manuscript I'm revising is a Romantic Suspense set in a small New England town. That's all the specifics I'm going to share about it. I've learned to keep my stories and story ideas close to the vest. Revising is daunting. There are scenes to add, scenes to tighten, scenes to lengthen, scenes to cut completely. How do you handle manuscript revisions? Any little tricks to keep track of what needs to be added, to be cut? I'm dealing with a lot of crits from my critique group. I'm trying to work in there suggestions where I believe they work. The next scene I have to write is a brand spanking new one that ends with an explosion. Hmm. I have to learn how to build a crude bomb over the weekend. Ah, a writer's life.


I have a confession to make. Here goes. Hi, my name is Debra and I am obsessed with exercise DVDs. There's no need right now to air my dirty laundry (how many I own). Lets just say it's a lot. I love to exercise. My friends think it's an illness. But I've found another group of equally obsessed people who think I'm very normal. I like them. :)

Anyway, my workout today was Leslie Sansone's Walk Slim Fast Firming.

27 minutes of one-on-one with Leslie Sansone and a resistance band. It's a quick workout but the resistance band packs a punch and I'll feel it tomorrow. Today's weather is so horrible I didn't feel it was safe to do a longer workout. I think this did the trick by giving me a short, efficient workout fix.

I think I'm going to wrap this up and feed Susie & Billy, who are curled up with me in the study. Spoke too soon. They both just dashed out to the living room. I better go see what's going on.

Have a great night,


  1. I love the revision process.
    although, on my first editor requested revisions, I froze up. I am so nervous about messing it all up. :D What if I send it back and she hates it?!

    Really, I have no advice, just follow your gut and your CPs' advice. And read lots of good books.

  2. Thanks Bethanne. You made me laugh. And I think you're on to something. I should just follow my gut and trust I got some good feedback.

    Have a great night,