Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Many Thanks

In the past three days since I've returned from break, my writing has been in hyper drive. I can't stop. All I want to do is edit, add, and fix, and when I'm not doing that, all I want to do is read. I'm in love with my craft, and the more that I work, and the closer I get to being ready to query, the more that I want to work.

Though I've been writing all my life and have many unfinished manuscripts under my belt, my current novel, Synesthesis, is the first I've felt ready to share with the world. It's good enough. And not just that, it has staying power. I don't know what it is, I can just feel it as I read. If I'd put money down on anything, I'd do it for this novel.

As of a couple of weeks ago, I have three amazing beta readers helping me through: Sarah (Constance) Ketley, Madeline Bartos, and Charity Bradford. Now, I've never used beta-readers before, but I can say with quite a bit of certainty that these ladies are some of the best. Each puts her own spin on her beta-ing and they all put more effort into their comments than I could have ever asked for. Every time I get an e-mail from them and see that little attachment paperclip in the corner, my heart starts racing and I can't help but smile. They make my editing so much fun. (You should definately check out their bad ass blogs if you have a chance.)

Finally, as I've been going through all of this crazy editing, I've spent a lot of time thinking about all of the reasons I write. One of them is the people who've supported me for the past century (at least it seems that long) and encouraged me to never stop writing. Atop this lovely group of people is the members of the  Writers Circle of Room 216. The Writer's Circle, a writer's group that I ran for three wonderful and fulfilling years, is family to me. They have even affectionally labeled me "mom". When I was at my lowest points, it was always the WC who assured me of my talent and reminded me how much I inspired them. (I'm still a bit amazed at all of the things they've claimed I've done to change their lives and experiences over those three years.) I know that they would never settle for anything less than "published author" for me, and anything less would not only be letting myself down, but would be letting them down. To Room 216 WC, Momma loves you more than you know.

As much as I love writing, it would not be nearly as fulfilling without all of the contributions and encouragements of all of you: friends, bloggers, betas, and family (both real and adopted). Whether you're leaving a comment on my blog, stalking following my twitter, or writing over a hundred comments on the first twenty-five pages of my novel (*cough cough* Charity Bradford *cough cough*) every little bit makes it that much easier to continue doing what I love.

<3 Gina Blechman


  1. I too am a huge fan of Charity Bradford. You are correct in that she's amazing. I'm so happy for you that everything is working out with your novel and cannot wait to read it when you publish it :).

  2. Only one more day of the 15 hour days and i shall have a weekend to get back into the beta-read.

    up to chapter 17 i think. It's great so far.

    Just got to get through this week of assessment... sigh...


  3. All the best with your writing. I'm glad you found good beta-readers, those are hard to come by. Take care.

    BTW, I'm hosting Roland D Yeomans today, who self-published his book THE BEAR WITH TWO SHADOWS and is sharing his journey with us as well as a four book giveaway!

  4. Great to hear you're having a writing rush!

    I know exactly what you mean about how other people can play an important part in your writing journey. They say that writing is a solitary pastime – and often it is – but it’s people like those that you’ve mentioned in your post that make it less solitary and all-the-more worthwhile!

    On another note, were you still looking for other beta readers?

  5. Good beta readers are worth their weight in gold. When your styles mesh and you have a mutual respect for each other, that's hard to find. Good luck with your edits! :)

  6. Awe, thanks Gina...and Michael! Um, is over 100 comments excessive? LOL, I'm just wordy I think.

    BTW, started in on the next section last night. It really is a great story and it won't take long to get it ready.

  7. Writing rush… I like that term.

    Don't have beta readers yet, but have heard great things about them.

  8. Hehe, thanks Gina! I'm so excited to be a beta reader!

    I've never read any author's unpublished works that they felt confident enough to share and the experience is awesome! The beginning of your story has a bit of backstory, but now the action has started and I'm loving it even more!

    If you aren't published one day, there is some corruption in the publishing industry. ;)

  9. Awesome! I love your enthusiasm! :D

  10. Congratulations on finding your beta readers and double congrats on your writing rush. Enjoy every moment of it and file it away to remember when your NOT having a writing rush! :-)