Thursday, August 17, 2017

Writing is a Tough Process by Terri Weldon

Do you ever have days where you feel like you’re beating your weary writer’s head against a brick wall? I know I do. First I have to come up with a story idea, then brainstorm, then plot (which I’m horrible at), and then write my masterpiece. Only after I read the first draft I discover it isn’t a masterpiece. Sometimes I think there’s hope for the book and other times I think it is more boring than the phone book. 

I’ve never met a first draft that didn’t need work. Sometimes I have too many ly words, or I’ve used a weasel word 325 times, or a character lacks motivation, or worst of all I discover the book is flat boring when the hero and heroine are on their seventh coffee date. More rewrites!

And then when I have the story spit shined and polished I hand it over to my most trusted reader. Does she love it or hate it? To be honest she has never hated one of my stories yet. But she always finds plot holes, places where my character is acting out of character, and boring spots. Can anyone say more rewrites?

When I’ve typed my poor fingers down to nubs I bravely send my manuscript off to two friends. They are good friends and don’t let me embarrass myself. Translation – my manuscript looks like a vampire used it for a napkin. 

So I set to work on what I hope are the final rewrites of my manuscript and finally type the end for what I hope is the last time. Now you know why so many authors suffer from headaches! 

Do I accept every suggestion my favorite reader makes? Do I incorporate all the changes my friends suggest? No, because when all is said and done it’s my story and my voice. However, more often than not they’re right and there is room for improvement. 

Now that I’m finished (can you hear me snickering) I send my book in for consideration to be published. If I’m lucky and it grabs an editor’s attention and is accepted for publication there are always changes required. If I receive a revise and resubmit letter there are definitely changes to be made and still hope for publication. The only time I don’t need to make additional changes is when I receive a rejection. Hmm, when I look at it like that additional revisions don’t seem so bad. 

Don’t get me wrong writing is tough, but I love it. If I didn’t there are much easier things in life to tackle. Plus I love writing stories that show God’s love and plan for my character’s lives. How about you? Have you found any shortcuts to help speed up the writing process? What keeps you writing? I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know.
Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an award winning author by night. Her novella The Christmas Bride Wore Boots won the best novella category in the 2016 Lyra Awards. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, spending time with her family, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in the Heartland of the United States. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Terri is a member of ACFW and RWA. She is a member of the Seriously Write Team ( Readers can connect with Terri at

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  1. Oh Terri I couldn't agree with you more. The writing process can be endless and, at times, discouraging. It's those discouraging times when I try to remember why I write. It also helps for me when, on that what seems like hundredth revision, I try to just get into the story. I love being a storyteller. It's a tough calling, but I cant imagine me doing anything else. I enjoyed your sharing your own process.

    1. Christina, being a storyteller is a tough calling. Like you, I love it. And when it finally all comes together- SWEET!

  2. Hi Terri! I'm a reader - not a writer - but I so enjoyed your post! I appreciate your efforts at storytelling because I really enjoy your books! Blessings!

    1. Loves to Read/ I'm glad you enjoyed the post! I always enjoy a reader's perspective.

  3. You're fortunate to have a trusted reader! (your sister?)

    Writing is not for wimps!!

    Okay, and your tweet needed a hot link to get to this site. I had to manually find you. Of course, you are worth the extra work. :)

    1. Tina - thanks for dropping by. Yep, my sister is my trusted reader and she is tough on me. I appreciate her frankness.

      Wimps don't write!

      I'll remember to add a hot link in the future. Not everyone may think I'm worth the effort of manually typing in the address. Thanks for the advice!


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