Happy Friday #25 – The Magic of Rs, Revising, Rewriting, Reading and Randomness…

Yay, it´s time for Happy Friday :D Looking forward to know what made you smile this week!

Revising – Stephanie Perkins and my novel? : So my book is now with beta readers and I started receiving feedback. I am amazed by how my book is transforming in front of my eyes into something SO good. I mean it´s my book and I may be bias and all since I wrote it. But first, Jaime´s critique helped me shape it into a better book and now beta readers let me know what´s working and what´s not working for them. This forces me to really look at my story as a reader before digging into more revisions. I am loving it and you know what one of my beta, aka Kip, said when she sent me back my complete manuscript full of notes?  She compared the romance in my novel to the ones in Stephanie Perkins´ books. So yep, I´m still smiling about that. I don´t think I can say thank you enough to my critique partner and beta readers! You ladies ROCK! (and hubby, you´re pretty amazing yourself :P)

Rewriting: I am rewriting my first manuscript. The main plot is still the same but…the subplots are different AND I  actually know my characters! PLAYING WITH FIRE will be so much better after this rewrite and I am having a blast with it!

Reading: I read THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers this week and wow, wow, wow, wow. I promise there will be more words to describe what I thought about that book when I discuss it for Tracey´s YA book club (by the way, you should totally join, it´s fun!). I also enjoyed BELLES by Jen Calonita! And now cannot wait for the sequel to come out :D I also love the fact that I actually heard Jen talking about the process of this book, the way she did some research and how excited she sounded. It somehow makes this book even more special :D

Random: Running on Thursday made me feel like I had wings. Okay, not before the run, as my husband did have to push me to go and not necessarily during as I was fighting through it but after, loved the feeling!

So, tell me what made you smile this week?

14 Comments on “Happy Friday #25 – The Magic of Rs, Revising, Rewriting, Reading and Randomness…

  1. Awwww, reading your ms made me smile! So glad it was part of my week. I am a total Nata and Tonio fan! *swoons*

    • :D :D :D A few days later and your comments STILL make me smile! Thanks again!

  2. Glad you’re revising is going well! It’s great how postivie you’re feeling about it.
    I’m smiling about the schedule for WriteOnCon today. Looking fantastic!

    • Thanks so much Robin :D The schedule for WriteOnCon does look amazing! Are you going to participate in all events? Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      • Not all of them. I’ve made a list of the events I definitely want to get involved in and I don’t have anything ready for critique so I’ll skip that. I am trying to give critiques though to get better in editing and I’m entering the 100 sentence workshop tomorrow. So nervous! =D

  3. Oooo, love when we suddenly feel like our manuscripts are good! Good for you!
    I have heard great things about THIS IS NOT A TEST … not sure if it’s my type of book. I may give it a try though …

    • I really really enjoyed THIS IS NOT A TEST, I just felt like nothing was held back and I loved it. Hope youre having a wonderful weekend, Juliana! :D

  4. What made me smile? Your encouragement and support during some of the less smile-worthy points of this week. Thanks! :D

    • Awwww! Anytime! Really :D Hope your Sunday is shaping to be a good one!

  5. Good for you running and yay that you are getting feedback and you feel your book taking shape – how fab!

    • :D Running does make me feel great even if I am hard to motivate sometimes :P I am very very grateful for my CP and beta as they definitely play a role in making the book even better :D Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  6. Sounds like you had a pretty great week, Elodie! Having any aspect of your writing compared to Stephanie Perkins… WOW. And I’m glad you enjoyed THIS IS NOT A TEST… Can’t wait to read your Book Club post!

    This week, I couldn’t help but smile at my daughter’s enthusiasm for Kindergarten. Such a relief that she’s enjoying it and thriving in her new classroom!

    • Thanks, Katy. It was quite a wonderful week and the comments from my beta definitely helped to make it even brighter. I dont think I can ever stop smiling about this :D Hope you are having a great weekend, Katy! And that the soccer game was lots of fun! THIS IS NOT A TEST is one of those books that I am still thinking about :D So glad that your girlie is enjoying Kindergarten!

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