I hate rewrites, but they are a necessary evil for authors. I have spent the last two days combing over sentence after sentence, looking for errors. I feel like I am back in the classroom again. Grammar is usually not my problem; I have a fairly good grasp of English constructions. For me, it is description and sometimes point of view. Even using an all-knowing narrator, things get boggled at times. This latest book is the first in a series. I needed to plant clues and details in this one, which will play out in the others, but that changes the point of view. I finally just let it go. Only another writer would criticize it, especially if the piece is entered in a contest, but what can I do? Sometimes, contest remarks are very helpful. Often, I enter to just to receive some feedback. If I know something is not working, and I do not know how to fix it, I will enter a contest (usually RWA sponsored) just to have someone tell me what I should fix. Most of the time, I do know; I just do not want to admit it. However, sometimes a person gives me a comment that really puzzles me. For example, I entered my vampire book in a paranormal category, and one judge told me it was in the wrong category. The books has a plethora of vampires, one dhampir, a cemetery slaughter, and several ghosts. How is that not paranormal, I wondered? Oh, well, I cannot judge for someone else. I pretend it does not matter what others say. I say “pretend” because we all care how others judge us.

About Regina Jeffers

Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and historical romantic suspense.
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