Archive for September, 2012

Writing is Easy, Editing is Hard

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

An older cowboy sits on horseback beside a young buck and quickly estimates the number of cows passing by. Impressed, the younger cowboy asks how the older man calculated the number so quickly.

“Easy. Just count the hooves and divide by four.”

That’s how easy it is to write a novel. You just write four times the material you need. You take down research, character sketches and backstory, write the first draft and by the time you finish, you have a better idea what the story is about, what the theme might be and what should be included in the character’s story arc.

Then you just have to divide by four and cut out all the writing that doesn’t support what you’ve discovered. Oh, and then you have to add what is missing based on the knowledge you gleaned from writing the first draft.

Like the older cowboy said, “Easy.”



Mighty Glad to Be Here!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Jenna in NYC Central Park exploring The Ramble

This is an exciting time for me. I’m launching a brand new beautiful website and a new blog site all at the same time. I’ve been blogging at Blogspot but that site will be going inactive this month as I direct new traffic to this new blog. Other changes this month include launching a Facebook fan page. I sure hope you’ll mosey over there and become a fan.

I also received a nice surprise from my editor.  My new cover is out ahead of schedule and I couldn’t be more pleased with the look.  Both Boon and Laurie look exactly as I’d envisioned them.  I wonder how the art department does that.  The Texas Ranger’s Daughter, a Western historical, releases in January 22, 2013.  I can’t wait.