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Writemare on Elm Street + A Game

This week, I am in Maine on an unofficial writing retreat. I’m actually here for other reasons, but as those other reasons offered me the opportunity to keep working, I’ve decided to consider it a writer’s retreat. My sister-in-law nicknamed this experience “Writemare on Elm Street” because she’s a million times more clever than I am.

My main project this week is the editing/revision of the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Bad Romance novel. You may have seen this picture on other forms of social media earlier in the week, but in case you missed it, here it is:

I haven’t made it very far into the manuscript yet, but I can tell you that I am not a fan of how this story starts. Chapter Two will likely need a complete overhaul and rewrite. I hope it gets better. I mean, I know I’ve been calling it the terrible romance novel for a good long while now, but I don’t want it to be a bad story.

My critique partners seem to have high hopes for it. They even liked the ending. So…maybe there’s hope for this story yet?

Anyway, that brings me to the game portion of this post. It is my habit to go though a manuscript with a red pen and blue highlighter to better mark everything that I feel needs work. Occasionally, I go through multiple pens and multiple highlighters. And by ‘occasionally’, I, of course, mean every damn time. Second Nature, for example, required three pens and two highlighters.

So here’s the game: How many pens and highlighters will this manuscript require? Post your guess in the comments below. Whoever’s the closest without going over (Yes, we play by The Price Is Right rules…) will win a copy of the terrible romance novel when it’s released (either ebook or paperback. Winner’s choice. Unless that winner is outside of the U.S. Then it’ll be an ebook because I can’t afford international shipping.). If multiple people guess the winning combination, they will be entered into a drawing to determine the winner.

All right, so that’s going to do it for me today…and for a while. I’m having visitors next week, so I won’t be blogging at all. Which means I’ll miss April’s IWSG.

And the start of the A to Z Challenge. For all of you who are A to Z-ing this year, I salute you.

* This article was originally published here

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