I’m so excited and honored to be today’s stop on Heather McCorkle’s Tour of Secrets. Heather’s blog tour celebrates the debut of her novel, The Secret of Spruce Knoll. Not only is the lovely and talented Heather a writing friend, but she is one of the reasons I took the plunge into blogging a year and a half ago. Her blogs not only gave me writing tips and inspiration, they forced me to start thinking of myself as an actual writer. I asked via Twitter, should I be blogging? Heather response – absolutely! And I did it.
At each stop of Heather’s Tour of Secrets, she reveals one secret. (Those of you who frequently read my blog and know how I spent my summer won’t be surprised to hear what I asked.) And today’s secret is…
How do you keep yourself motivated during the revision part of the writing process?
There’s a secret to that, I live for the revision process, it’s my favorite part of writing the book. So many people think I’m crazy for that. 🙂 But I think I figured out why I love revision so much. It’s like chipping away at a diamond, giving it the perfect cut, then making it shine. There is something that allows me to love the process so much though, it’s my thorough first draft. I do a rough outline first which makes revision much easier. I still cut, add, and move things around, but outlining takes a lot of the massive rewrites out of the equation for me.
As I’m sure this leaves you wanting to hear more about the amazing Heather’s novel, and I’m happy to oblige:
Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with “channelers”~a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.
Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do they~and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Now, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charm convinces her that being a channeler may not be all bad.
And now, for the contest:
Heather is giving away all kinds of drool-worthy books and prizes (I myself happen to be crossing my fingers!). Check out Heather’s blog for the deets (and be sure to comment here to chalk up more points!).