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Novel is done! Not really, though...

Today has been a long day, as most of my days are. I like to pack my days, which are very time constrained since I joined the Academy of Performing Arts (APA), mostly so that I can look back and say, "Wow, I got stuff done! My life has some type of meaning!"
So, I spent about two hours working on my forum, Writer's Haven. Today I completed the September 2010 Newsletter and figured out, through clever copy and pasting and experimentation, how to put a pic on the site's side bar.
Get this: I've been managing free domain websites since I was in the 6th grade, but I have nil website knowledge. Everything I do is seriously trial and error.
Anyway, today's post is about my novel, Savior of the Damned, and where I'm at with it. If the nice, red picture isn't any hint...I'm done! Yes, finished, complete, DONE! But, you know, not really. Because this is the world of writing, and we writers always find ourselves going back to our writing, definitely when it's the first serious, seemingly publishable novel.

I completed the first draft of SotD Freshman or Sophomore year. I completed the second draft Junior year, and I completed this draft early on in this year (I'm a Senior). After finishing the third draft, I chose five people that I would like to beta read/edit my book and sent them all a message about it. Two of those people are acquaintances; one is a best friend; two of those people are editors from Fictionpress's Beta Reader service that I've never met before.

One of the editors from Fictionpress responded to me recently. She told me that she would be thrilled to work with me, and that really really made my day. :D The other four people haven't responded. Tomorrow, after I format my novel by adding negative and positive after each chapter, I'll have to remind them.

After their inputs, I'll edit accordingly and then send my book out to agents and publishers! But that's a concern for January. The months in between their edits, I'll get SotD out of my system and build a story portfolio of sorts.

Short Stories=Tough Love

Before I start talking about how horrible my relationship with short story writing is, let me give you some important links and info. Tiffany Rambles is a merge of my The Adolescent Writer blog and my Savior of the Damned blog. Basically, all of the content at those sites will be here and vice versa. However, it's much easier to subscribe to posts here. Plus, blog spot has better looking blogs than Weebly. Don't expect the content here and there to differ by a lot, if it differs at all.

To sum me up: I'm a young, aspiring writer and a weird workaholic ready to be discovered (somewhat). I have a novel site and an author site, as well as a general writing forum that I am running with Kiana, my co-admin and friend. I've been in and out of the writing world -- though not any published venues apart from Suspense Mag and my old high school's newspaper -- for at least five years. Now I'm finally here to stay.

Yayzers! Introductions are over with (at least on my part. I don't like introductions. I can only paint a biased image of myself. I'd like to know who YOU are, though. Remind me that I am not just talking to myself, though there's certainly nothing wrong with that. Do it all the time! Wonderful part of writing!).

Anyway, I went off on a tangent. I do that....

Namely, I'm a novelist. In the 8th grade, to broaden my horizons, I attempted to write a short story in every genre. I threw all of those horrible short stories in the back of my closet, where a box full of horrible novellas are rotting away, and turned to one story out of that Practice Package: Savior of the Damned. What started off as an idea that I didn't like when I first wrote it became the novel I am soon hoping to publish and have been writing/rewriting/editing for five years.

Those short stories were horrible for a number of reasons. First off, some of them lacked passion. I required myself to write in every genre, including ones I hated and knew nothing about. Secondly, I couldn't write for crap. (I just censored myself there. Hm. Who is my audience? Do you care if I curse now and then? Does it matter either way?) There were grammatical and sentence structure errors galore. But the biggest reason I tossed them was because none of them actually ENDED. Every short story was written like the first chapter of a novel.

And the reason my tough love with short stories is relevant now? I have just finished the third draft of my novel and am in the process of sending it out to five beta readers/editors. I will give them two months to tear my novel apart. In those two months, I plan on taking free online creative writing classes. Then, I want to have a short story collection consisting of material I can actually send to magazines.

Short stories are not my strong point, but I will be working diligently in the next two months to turn that around. Tough love is a challenge. I like it!