Author Joanne Dannon brought this writing craft post, Editing Your Story!
Her latest release is An Unforgettable Holiday.
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Unlike many writers, I actually love doing edits on my manuscript. Why you ask? Because I get to delve back in to the story I loved writing and enjoy spending time with my hero and heroine again.
My style in writing a book is to plot heavily and write after. I spend up to two weeks creating the hero and heroine for my story (irrespective of the length of the book). Not only do I know what they look like but their characteristics, their personalities as well as their GMC. GMC is goal, motivation and conflict. It’s what keeps them together and keeps them apart. All good books (and movies!) should have strong GMC irrespective of the genre.
I spend a lot of time in creating and plotting my characters, and then have a loose direction of the plot. However, my hero and heroine will drive the direction of the story, not me.
My editor cleans up my typos and grammatical errors, and may ask me to so some minor re-writes but generally I don’t have “substantial” edits. I’m a faster writer and will complete the edits in 1-2 days. Once completed, my editor does another check of the changes I’ve made and a final read looking for typos.
When I have the proofed copy, I do a read through to ensure there are no typing or grammatical errors that have been missed.
Every writer has their own style in writing, but for me it’s taken years of writing to work what is best for me. I love plotting whilst some writers don’t. I believe that my work in creating a strong foundation for my book is the reason that my edits are not complex, challenging or difficult.
An Unforgettable Holiday
Australian project manager Kiara Lonsdale is career focussed and determined to provide and care for the grandmother who raised her. Taking time off work to vacation has never been high on her agenda, but this year she’s made an exception. She’s helping her gran fulfil a life-long dream by accompanying her on a Christmas to the Holy Land tour.
Jacques Lenoir and his extended family run tours in Israel and he’s committed to their business. Jacques feels responsible for his grandparents’ welfare since they risked their lives, and others’, as operatives in the French Resistance, during the War.
But over romantic dinners in the desert, camel rides, and mud baths at the Dead Sea, sparks fly between Kiara and Jacques. Will this only be a holiday romance or will a touch of Christmas magic make it last a lifetime?
Lisa Sassoon has shunned the scandal of her loser-ex cheating on her by escaping to New York. Instead of sightseeing, she’s become a recluse focusing on helping the less fortunate at a homeless shelter.
Gabe Olivari, entrepreneur and savvy business New Yorker, can’t let go of the pain of losing his best friend. So caught up in his own grief and believing he doesn’t deserve to be happy, he compensates by pushing everyone close to him away.
But when Lisa and Gabe meet, there is an instant connection that forces them to question not only their behaviours but their aspirations.
Can a dash of Chanukah magic help Lisa and Gabe realise that sparkling dates and dreamy kisses can lead to more? Perhaps even a lifetime of happiness?