Meeting my editor/mentor :)

Hey everyone. 

 

I never got chance to write anything down last night, but I Wanted to let you all know how my first session with http://ejrunyon.wordpress.com/ went. 

 

It was one of those things you are really looking forward too, but are nervous about as well. I needed have been. 

 

I had everything set up around me for the allocated time. My laptop and my phone with bluetooth on, for our skype call and when 5 o’clock came we just got right into it. 

 

I am not the best person to talk over the phone, but I think having to focus on my writing helped me through those nerves. It was all good. 

 

Now, what did I learn about my writing. 

 

Well because I’m more a script writer than a novelist I can see why I write the way that I do, and I can now see what I need to fix it. 

 

E.J was really easy to chat with, she explained everything properly and in a way that I could understand and see what and why I was writing as I was. Rather than any other teacher I’ve had, who just kind of looks down at you and says ‘you are a writer who can’t understand verbs and adverbs… etc etc’ 

 

Well, my childhood wasn’t very nice. From being bullied by the teachers and the students from Primary school and into then on into high school. It is understandable. I’ve tried to locate someone who will coach me, but have had no luck locally. I think English teachers around here were a little off put by my even small resume and experience level. (really dumb I know) as all I wanted to do was learn more about writing! 

 

So our next session is for Wed, and I am going to try and implement what I’ve learned from where we stopped last night. 

 

Onwards 🙂 and all very excited. 

 

I’m going to post some examples of what we’ve been working on tomorrow, after I’ve looked over it all again. 

 

Oh, and yippie in other news two weeks away from filming Best Friends Ep 5… how awesome. 🙂 

 

Catch you soon and hope you all have a wonderful Friday 😡

Wow!!!!

So, I never thought I’d get so far with the ‘likes’ on facebook.

But, I wizzed by 100 today.

So, I am offering another prize for 200.

You’ll get a choice of three items. But I won’t let you know, till the winner of 100 get’s back to me. 🙂

Hit me up and you never know what you might win…

Share my page and you’ll get even more thanks from me.

It made me giggle and laugh today, happy isn’t just the word for it. lol

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Busy, Busy :)

Sorry I haven’t had much chance to post this week. But I’ve been rushed off my feet.

 

Lots of good news for you all to read.  🙂 I’ve just been so happy and thrilled with this week, it has been a blast. I don’t want it to end. lol

 

Monday was a fantastic day for me. I got my first ‘payment’ through for our web series ‘Best Friends’ I know it sounds crazy. Being the writer was much more exciting for me, but getting paid for it just cemented that my writing was worth something.

 

Of course I decided what I wanted to do with the cash. And so I’ve set up and am going to start working with an editor/mentor to help bring my writing to a whole new level.  I’ll keep you posted on that and chat about my progress and what is like, after the first session…  can’t wait for it.

 

I love the OWWSFF and all the people I meet there and I will continue to post and read others work, but I hope that working a little harder on my own style will make the reading easier on everyone.

Then of course when I am satisfied I aim to take it further.

 

Tues was just as interesting a day for me. I had a really nice surprise visitor come around for when I got home. We had a good old chin wag, (I never got my coffee though) but it kind of put me behind with other things and I didn’t get much chance to edit etc.

 

I was also asked to take part in a radio show (U.S based) to talk about my upcoming projects. And more than likely for everyone to laugh at my daffy UK accent.

 

I’ll keep you posted on all fronts though for sure. 🙂

 

And well today has just been a good one too. I am really positive about this year. Things are all settling into place and I just love it all at the moment.

 

I’m just off out with the other half for a celebratory ‘dinner’ ….

 

Catch you all later and enjoy your evening.

 

Dawn x x

 

 

 

Editing :)

I’ve been thinking a lot about this post. And I hope that I can organise it so that it will be of benefit to any writer who is like myself. A pantser…

Anyway here are several things that have helped me when ‘editing’ my own work.

Of course it hasn’t been an easy job, but a very worthwhile one. As the comments coming in now just on the first two chapters are looking promising. At least from all the writer and beta readers. It has yet to go to the professional I hope to be working with over the next couple months etc. at

http://ejrunyon.wordpress.com/

I guess on that count I’ll have to report in on ‘what it is like to work with a mentor/editor’ 🙂 another time of course.

But for now here is my editing process.

1, print off a ‘rough copy’ and of course save that copy as a draft. Make no mistake you could delete something later that you want back. So always a good idea to keep several drafts throughout the process.

2, Leave it alone for a while. Ideally a few weeks, but when you are itching to get going this isn’t always possible.

3, Set yourself a small attainable goal for each day. As with Nanowrimo it is good to have a goal, so I set a daily one. To edit through as much of the novel on a ‘pass’ each day.

These ‘passes’ would be for ‘bad’ word phrasing. There is such a long list that I could accomplish a few of these each day, so that really helped.

I’d suggest looking up these words. A general search from google will give you a whole list of sites which list these. I won’t because it would make this post huge!

Okay, okay, here are a few. Just so you know what to look out for. These were my biggest overused words.

was
look
feel
like
nodding
walking
huge, large, small,
really

I said the list could really, go on and on.

Don’t get me started on ‘clichés’ either… they drive me crazy in reading other peoples writing, so I try and avoid those like the plague. (They still slip in now and again though)

There are sites which can help with this too. http://www.grammarly.com/ and another I discovered called ‘smartedit’ all these types of programs help with the editing process. And I’ve also found them enlightening too.

I would recommend both. 🙂

4, To work with other writers and readers. Find a group of people, some perhaps you’ve known for a while and others which you don’t know. Ask them to be readers, and to report back. They can help you spot things that your writing ‘eye’ can’t.

5, This is the last and utmost important part of the process. Hire an editor! You will need someone to go through your work on a professional level.

As a writer you cannot, cannot put work out there which is sub par. I’ve used a couple of editors over the last few years. Because my grammar and punctuation (mostly the comma) let me down.

I’ve had some ‘publishers’ trying to rush my process and one even wanted to publish my writing without it being edited by a pro, in the end I withdrew from their publication because I wouldn’t do that to myself. The last thing I would ever want is to be ridiculed for lack of my knowledge on the above.

I know my weaknesses, do you?

If you don’t, you need to find them and then work with them. But, don’t let yourself down by not doing the best that you can.

Over the last few years, I’ve learned more and more about grammar and punctuation, but I just can’t grasp it. My writing has improved to no end. But, it still isn’t perfect. I like it to be as perfect as I can get it, then I let a pro work their magic. Eventually, it can be free for the world to see. 🙂

Now what I’d like you to do, any writer who reads my post, please add your ‘bad’ habits. My intention is to make a file, then if anyone requests it. I can wiz it over.

Please feel free, or send me an email of your best ones. I love to learn and the more I read and experience the more I absorb.

Happy writing/editing…

Dawn x

The story behind…

Kanundra,

I’ve been thinking a little about this because I’ve recently been asked a couple of times. Where the name came from and why I picked it.

Over my Internet years. I’ve had a few names.

savin-me
Frozenblackbandit
Mehurtin

in 2007 I decided to get rid of the ‘hurting’ names and pick something that would reflect who I was. At the time, I was attending Cheadle Royal ED unit three times a week and living with my nan for most of that time.

Sunday night, attending on a monday, home Monday. Returning Tue night to attend wednesday, home wed, returning thursday to attend friday and home for the weekend. (hubby did stay at nans with me)

But it was in being with my nan where Kanundra came from.

We used to watch Countdown together a UK tv game show.

And at the end of it there is a connundrum. Which I then turned into Kanundra.

I have since learned that it is actually a real name.

This was taken from a website a social website for logo design, it sort of sums me up nicely. How strange.

This little info about the name of the business might help some designers:

Kanundra sounds like conundrum, which means a difficult problem. The purpose of Kanundra is to fix difficult problems. Facebook had a similar concept, they provided a solution where people can socialize and communicate. Kanundra is going towards that motivation.

I guess I went from ‘hurting’ to actually ‘fixing’ my problem.

Life is full of little surprises isn’t it?

Where did your name or nic come from?

Dawn x x