Amy on writing

Learning the hard way

I haven’t posted or been on WordPress for far too long. And I apologize. I’m still here!

I am heavily absorbed in edits for CAPTURE THE TIDE. I know, still. But this is the reason- I have a real legit editor on it now.

A while back I posted about hiring a service to do a one-off edit. This was a mistake for me. One I didn’t learn until recently.

But it’s okay! I have an editor that I am working with in what I can only describe as a collaboration.

These are the things you want from an editor, and of course I’ve learned this the hard way. As I do.

Step one is developmental edits- big picture stuff

Next is deep edits- pacing, transitions, believability.

The next 2 edits are fine tuning of the overall story and copy editing.

There should be tons of back and forth, a running dialog. Your editor is your team mate and cheerleader. A great editor views your success as their success.

So when looking for an editor that is right for you, ask these questions, allow them to work with you and of course be kind. They know your work is precious to you, and they respect that.

Don’t settle for less.

Cheer, Amy

Amy on writing

As the Wind Blows

I keep waiting for something. Something major, interesting. Anything worthy of a blog post but it simply doesn’t come.

I want to bring you news! Something spectacular!

But I’m not without one thing. I have hope. I have movement. I continue to trudge along, but only as the wind blows. I’m letting it take me. No pressure.

I send my queries and check them daily but they don’t rule me anymore. I’m writing, I’m reading and connecting. It’s a good place to be.

Until something something truly spectacular happens, I’ll keep enjoying the breeze.

Until then.

Cheers,

Amy

Amy on writing

Follow with me

Frickin Awesome Blog Alert!

Do you love sweeping fantasy and epic world building? Dragons, swords?

Then you absolutely must check out fellow blogger Zeigander and The WayBetween. Z is not only an amazing writing but also a meticulous word architect. I can’t hype this enough.

So please check out

www.thewaybetween.home.blog

Thanks WPs!

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

WIP IT

As my query responses seem to lull at the pace of the changing seasons, I’ve finally dusted off my long dormant WIP.

Queue applause and accolades.

Skimming it, I’m glad to see that I’m still into it. Unfortunately it seems I’ve four versions of it. I attribute that to swapping between one drive mobile and pc only. But, after stitching sections together I have a decent first draft. Not too shabby, although I rue autocorrect. Rue it I say.

Now the challenge will be to see if I can be more electronically organized this time around. I’m looking at trello and scrivener as possibly tools. Tools used by far more experienced writers than myself. Or maybe I’ll just pants it. I realize that’s imprudent but I regard free form intuition as my most effective creative tool. (I’m also terrible with computers and a creature of handwritten habits.) But I digress…

How do you guys organize you’re WIPs. Inquiring minds need to know.

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

Fragile

Word prompt Fragile. My first prompt piece~

It wasn’t always like this. So vibrant, unyielding. She could eat the world and still want more but this place, it has a way of unraveling you. Like a spool of fragile lace spinning down to a delicate nothing. Froth and whispers. And all that’s left is the cardboard. Paper thin and hollow. Just like her.

What up WPs. It’s been an interesting week. I still await good new from my submissions. But alas, they leave me in silence.

But I’ve been filling my time. Building connections with other writers, forging them in flame and reading their work. It’s been rewarding and insightful…

And most importantly? Stops me from refreshing by fucking email.

Any word promps to share? Drop me a link.

I’m kind of into it right now.

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

I am Querying #8

Hey WPs. Another quiet week here at Amy’s email refresh party.

Waiting is the absolute worst. I thought I’d get a few responses this week but it’s been crickets.

To busy myself I’ve expanded my platforms.

I’m on Twitter. I know. I never thought I’d say that but….Writers congregate on twitter. I’m a writer, therefore I must congregate.

So come tweet me on the Tweeter !

@AmyWestphal4

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

My first book review

This is my First book review here on Amy-Westphal.com

The book, by Author and blogger extraordinaire Stephen Black is called THE KIRKWOOD SCOTT CHRONICLES: SKELLY’S SQUARE

It’s a fantasy epic set in modern Belfast.

I hope you’ll take the time to check it out and then stop over on Amazon for your copy. No affiliate perks or paid reviews here, just my opinion.

You can also get to know Stephen and the Black family on their family blog fracturedfaithblog.com

And now for the review-

What if your personal demons were real? Embodied in form, no longer irrational compulsions in your head? What if they had a name? That’s Augustus Skelly. A napoleonic war monger in the head of one Kirkwood Scott. A 20-something man just trying to make it to his next payday. Kirkwood lives a dull life. But as his ex-girl Natasha says, he’s a good man. But life with Augustus Skelly in the shadows makes his one goal in life to see the bottom of the next pint. That’s until he meets the haunting eyes of Meredith Starc, the self imposed street urchin escaping her own painful past. Together these two underdog heroes embark on the ultimate battle of good and evil. One that turns what you thought you knew about this classic trope on its head. Kirkwood and Meredith, along with a terrific mix of equally memorable characters evoke an unstoppable force against an ancient evil.

Thoughtful, beautifully paced and darkly funny, Kirkwood Scott is an Epic tale in the vein of the most beloved of fantasies.

I gave it 5 stars on Amazon!

Happy reading, Cheers, Amy