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Kamy Chetty on Writing and Giveaway!

Today we have NZ author Kamy Chetty and her BREATHE AGAIN. There's also a giveaway of a kindle copy of BREATHE AGAIN!

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It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly.

- C. J. Cherryh

I love to write and when it comes to editing, I compare it to pulling teeth minus the anaesthetic.

But most writers out there will agree that editing is painful. I have met very few who actually find it a joyful experience.

So here are a few things I’ve learned along the way to help me cope with my aversion to editions and revisions.

Don’t edit while you’re writing. It slows down the process and can affect your word count.

Characters have a way of surprising you, so if the villain ends up kissing the girl, let him. You can always fix it in edits.

Cut the fat, make your writing tight and use very work for the best punch: So what do I mean by this? Well make every word count. If you’re describing your protagonists’ step by step approach to making a cup of tea, you’d better be putting a step in there where she puts in the poison. Hope you get the gist of what I am trying to say with that one.

Every scene should have you emotionally connecting with the reader. Read your work carefully and make sure that you aren’t naming the emotion but you’re invoking the reaction from the reader instead.

These are some of the things I think of when I am painstakingly going through my WIP. There are other considerations like plot points and conflict but I think for now this should keep you out of trouble.

Thanks for having me here and I hope you have thoughts to share or questions, I would to hear from you.
Kamy has two recent releases!
 
BREATHE AGAIN
 
After a tour at war and countless shifts in the hospital emergency room, Nick knows that no matter how hard he tries to change things, people are the same. So when his estranged wife Skylar reveals that she stopped taking birth control and is pregnant, he shouldn’t be shocked. Betrayal burns and panic sets in as memories of his shattered home life remind him that he can’t play happy families.

Skylar knows one thing—she’s head over nurse’s shoes in love with the stubborn and unemotional Nick. She loves him enough to believe in the man he is, even though he can’t see it for himself and hides behind a mask. As he calls their child “hers” and tries to live apart from her, Skylar’s heart breaks, but she refuses to give up hope that he’ll do the right thing.

When disaster strikes, Skylar realizes Nick might never change, so she risks everything and sets him free, hoping he’ll come back, for her and their baby. Is heat, passion and a vow enough to seal this marriage and make them a family?
Reader Alert!
Their passion and devotion will make you root for them, and their sexual tension will set you ablaze.
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 Kamy is also announcing another release! This is also a Medical Romance FAMILY TIES. Read the blurb:

 
 
FAMILY TIES
A woman with no family ties of her own, desperate to fulfill her dream of having a child finds she
cannot conceive a child naturally. A man who feels guilt over his ex-wife's death, cannot find closure. Can the attraction these two people feel be enough to overcome their conflicting desires, especially when Jack finds himself the guardian of a baby he isn't sure he can be responsible for.

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24 comments:

  1. Who loves editing? Me me me!!!

    But I don't like editing while writing the first draft.

    Great premises, Kamy!

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    1. I might have to take your details and keep them for those moments I'm pulling my hair out LOL, thanks for stopping by:-)

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  2. I totally hear you on the dentistry without anesthetic--that's exactly what it feels like a lot of the time! There are a few days where I'm actually in the mood to have at it though, and I definitely capitalize on those :)

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    1. Glad you identify with how I feel. But we all have to get through it don't we and it always turns out great:-)

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  3. Learning not to edit while I draft was the best thing for me. My word count is so much better.

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    1. I know right. It took me a while to learn that trick but now I get heaps more done, thanks for stopping by Kelly:-)

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  4. Great points Kamy! I'm trimming (okay slashing is a better word than trimming) my first draft now to make it tighter - I'll check for those telling bits too! :)

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    1. Hi Jemi, when I edit, I 'trim' thousands of words but it all comes out in the wash:-) LOL

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  5. Kamy, your story sounds great. I like the revision parts of editing. Not so much the word by word parts.

    Waving to Nas!

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  6. Thanks for coming by Carol I also find revisions better than edits:-)

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  7. Kamy- You made so many great points. I think that for some people editing comes naturally, and for others (like me) it is something that I have to work on- but definitely better to write first and edit second. It was great to hear the things that you look for when editing your WIP.

    Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie, it's always good to have many points of view on how to do things:-)

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  8. Congratulations, Kamy! Lovely photo, too.

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    1. Thanks Lydia, I love meeting new people too:-)

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  10. I agree with so much you say Kamy, but I am one of those strange people who enjoy editing, so much so that I never get anything finished!

    Hi Nas!

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  11. Excellent, another person to put in my contacts list, I'm loving this. Thanks for the visit Denise:-)

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  12. Um, I actually do enjoy editing - BUT that's only because I find filling the blank pages so intimidating & prefer to have a whole bunch of words to work with, so I like your advice to push forward w/ the writing and leave things to be fixed in editing. That helps it feel less intimidating.

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  13. That's so true that you can fix things later in editing. For me, I usually have to add things in my drafts because I write very lean first drafts.

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    1. I find you have to do what works for you. Thanks for stopping by:-)

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  14. ha, I love that quote from C. J. Cherryh.
    Initially I wasn't a fan of editing, but now I really enjoy it (gasp!).

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  15. Great tips about editing and tight writing. It's always wonderful to see Kamy's posts.

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