Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Writers Society: Alpha Reading

Happy Friday, everyone! I have officially hit the 100 page mark in entering edits! Woohoo. Those first 100 are like torture, but then I get momentum. I can start to see the end and I WANT TO FINISH SO BAD.

Since that's top priority right now, HWS will be short and sweet. Then you can all hang out in the clubhouse and talk about how your first week of 2011 went. Or watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. It's on non-stop for inspiration.

So. Guess what I got to read this morning? I'll give you clues:

1. It was the beginning of the final book in a series.

2. No one else has read it. Or at least very few people have.

3. My friend whose name rhymes with Beersten wrote it.

Man, I love gloating over all the awesome stuff I get to read in manuscript form. I can't lie—it's SO FUN. I love watching my friends create. They are freaking geniuses. I feel so privileged to get early peeks at their characters and worlds and plots. They inspire me. They push me to do better. They make this whole writing process easier and much more fun.

I love you guys! I love your books!

Go tell your writer friends how awesome they are. Hearing it never gets old.

Also, all of you are awesome, too.


  1. So jealous you get to read the rest of the Paranormalcy series! (Oops - was I not supposed to give that away? :P)


  2. I'm jealous too. Can't wait for Supernaturally to come out. What I can't wait for is your book(s) to come out. Come on publishers, what are you thinking? Anyway, well done on the edits. I am nearing the end of a MAJOR edit right now and am a few chapters short of finishing. Still have to write the ending too. Argh, this is hard cause I really want to do a good job, but want to get done. Can't rush beauty though.

  3. Ah, we're totally planning to watch Avatar: the Last Airbender today. I've been watching it with the kids and we're to the final 3-part episode. What better to do on a cold, January afternoon than make cookies and watch Avatar?

    (I'm trying to focus on the positives of that and not how jealous I am about what you've been reading. :) )

  4. Way awesome. You get to see the entire process from early draft land to final product for such a big series. That must be fascinating!

  5. Ah, so jealous! But that does remind me that I need to read those chapters my friend sent me... maybe that's why she hasn't gotten back to me about the chapters I sent her...

  6. *offers plate full of warm chocolate chip cookies* I, uh, thought you might like more cookies...since you're doing so well and all. :)

    And I'm mostly jealous that you're reading the last book and we haven't even gotten Supernaturally yet. But that's totally awesome. Also, LOL @ Beersten. That is all.

  7. Congrats on your landmark. I agree, editing the beginning parts is way harder than editing the end.

    I'm an advanced copy enthusiast, so I'm jealous that you get to take it even one step further. :)

  8. Lucky you! :)

    One of the things I love most about my critique group is sharing the journey of creation together. We're wrapping up a full-novel review, and it's amazing to see how far we've all come from our first drafts to this point-- several revisions later.

    Like you said, it's such a privilege to watch-- and help-- each other create!

  9. That sounds like the perfect reward after getting over the hill in edits. Murderous little evil things. I have no idea how you keep from bouncing in your chair dying for more. I think it's better overall if I'm stuck waiting for the final thing because I can't handle snippets/exerts. Too much of a tease.

  10. Totes Jealous of you reading Kiersten's book.

    Totes not jealous of edits :)

  11. I feel pretty lucky for the books I get to read too that haven't been published yet. Having cool writer friends is the best. :)

  12. So jealous, haven't even read the first one yet as I'm in the UK. But I know what you mean, reading writing by other writers always inspires me and if it's by people I know I always end up motivated to write, write, write.