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What is a writer to do when waiting for critiques?

My book is out with beta readers, so that means I get a break right?  Nope!

While waiting on feedback on Dissonance, I have been working on an outline for the chapters of Reverie (the sequel) that are on the chopping block.  I have a very basic outline of the first four chapters, though I think about fifteen are needing a major rewrite or scrapped.

I also started working on the beings of an outline for Harmony (the third book).  I have an idea of how I want the book to end, which is different from writing the other two.  I started the outline with an objective and listed then things I want to have happen.  Then I started a page of what ifs… with random ideas most of which will probably be scrapped, but it works wonders to get my focus going in the right direction.  I have started outline chapter one as that is the only one that I have an idea of what will happen.  I have refrained from writing on Reverie or Harmony, yet.  I kind of want to work on the revisions of Dissonance before I delve into the other two books.

While working on the outline of the Malcolm Stone series, I have come across another dilemma.  It’s almost November, do I want to participate in NaNoWriMo this year?  I swore it off last year and said I was never going back to that.  I don’t do well writing under that type of deadline and I edit as I write, but this year is different from the past times.  Now I spend the weekdays by myself, which means I can spend more time writing and not neglecting responsibilities.  I still haven’t made up my mind and if I plan to write, I need to decide soon so I can start working on an outline to get focused.

While I have had this sudden surge in creativity, this evening I took advantage of the mood and decided to try my hand a painting.  I never took art courses, outside of the two I had to have in high school.  I have in the past four years taken some painting instruction classes, if you can call them that.  The were a social get together for painting.  A lot of these companies are popping up all over the place, it’s great for a night out, the one near me is called Wine and Canvas.  Anyway this evening I decided to try my hand at painting without instruction.  I had a lot of fun and will be trying it again.  I also think I will have to dig out my Bob Ross video and follow along.  Perhaps painting is the same as writing and with a little practice, I might get better at it.



I am a writer currently working on her first series featuring Malcolm Stone. I also dabble in photography cooking and enjoying life. Synopsis of Dissonance (Book I in the series): Malcolm is youngest son of Preston Stone, the largest liquor importer on the east coast since the prohibition. His family’s affluence has afforded him the opportunity to follow his passion of being a pianist. He married a successful local artist Anabelle Connolly. They appeared to have the perfect life, but it had turned sour. After Anabelle’s death, the truth of their marriage can no longer be hidden. Years of Malcolm’s carefully constructed lies start unraveling at his feet. Will he be able to pick up the pieces of his shattered life? Dissonance explores and exposes a violent relationship, infidelity, substance abuse, depression, and lies.

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