One of the great things about writing in this day and age is the amount of control authors now have. Years ago I would send in my manuscript, the editor might or might not make some suggestions. They would send me check and a year later my book would show up on bookstore shelves. Sounds great except for a few minor details. One of those details was the book cover. As the author I had no input into what sort of cover I thought would work best. After all, they were the professionals, right? Ugh!
Now a days I get to choose. I wrote a book which I called ANNIKA. It did pretty well but after awhile I decided to change the picture on the cover. Great, it did even better. Now I've decided to not only change the cover again, but this time I'm also going to change the title. From now on the title is ON DANGEROUS GROUND.
If I had to vote, writing would be way up there on my short list of the great things to do.
If I had to vote, rewriting would be way down there on my favorite things to do. It definitely would not make my short list.
But rewriting and rewriting and etc is really how a great piece of writing is created. I remember hearing that Hemingway said he rewrote the last page of THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, more than thirty times. Supposedly some reporter asked him why. "To get the words right," he said.
So I'm in the middle of rewriting my newest WIP, while still searching for the perfect title.
I want my readers to have a magic experience when they read my books. I don't care how much sweat and blood goes into the writing. When you open one of my books, or switch on your reading app, my aim is to make your trip so seamless that you don't even notice leaving your own comfortable world and entering mine.
Enjoy life, read a book.
Alison Blake is both a novelist and a playwright. At the moment she is in a traveling mode and will be blogging from various stops on her journey.