TSS: Writers Impress Me
Posted by Caitie F on February 24, 2013
I hope everyone is having a good Sunday! I wanted to talk about something that I talk about a lot in life, but not much in my blog.
How impressed I am with writers. While I love to read, review, and edit, I am not a writer. I can look at someone’s work and see how it can be improved, but when it comes to writing stories myself, it has never been something I am interested in or something I have tried to do outside of a classroom. I am not impressed with every writer ever, but I am impressed with writers who know their craft. They know the market. They have excellent grammar. They write, and rewrite, and rewrite their rewrites until things are as perfect as they are going to be. Seeing a manuscript develop is a wonderful thing.
And now for the main part of my post – I am going to brag about my husband a little. Okay, a lot.
He is a teacher and a writer. He is not published yet, but he does have an agent and they are about to begin sending out his second book (which is actually the first one he wrote) to editors. That book is really cool to me because he began writing it when we had been together for not very long, so I have seen every edit. He sends me his books a chapter at a time, then sends his rewrites. I am putting the most recent version on my Nook this weekend and look forward to reading his changes that he made in the round with his agent. The book is so different from that first draft. He is an excellent writer and knows his craft, but he also knows how to take criticism and make it better.
There are times he sends me a chapter and I say “No, this doesn’t work, you need to start again”. He writes 60 pages of a book and we talk about it and he sees it isn’t working, so he puts it in a folder. He looks in that folder years later and figures out how to make the story works and starts again. He fixes his flow, he improves his characterizations, and he does it with not much direction.
He has written six manuscripts and has four others (I think there may be one more) in various stages so far. Yes, that is ten ideas in just six years. Ten good stories that are original and well-thought-out with great characters. Six of those that are complete. It amazes me daily that he can do it.
It isn’t always easy, finding an agent is tough and sending to editors is juts as tough. It can be discouraging and it can bring us both down. But he keeps writing these incredible stories. It isn’t something anyone can do.
I know he will find an editor for one of his books. He is too good not to. He is too creative not to. He is too hard working not to.
My husband is a writer, and he impresses me with every chapter he sends my way. I cannot wait for the day that I get to tell you all he has a publisher.
What writers impress you the most?