3 C’s – It’s Friday

I typed 11 pages of revision notes this week and jumped in. I know how to fix the bad parts and improve the good parts. I know who I want my characters to be and how to ramp up the conflict. It’ll be a lot of work and I’m not sure I’ll get it done before the conference, but I’m relieved to know everything is fixable.

School starts in a week. I’m trying not to get depressed about it.

I’m completely in love with my story.

I talked to one of my friends on the phone about what makes us fall in love with certain literary heroes. Like what is it about Mr. Darcy that makes girls swoon? What is it about Edward that turns so many Twi-Mom’s into crazies? I’m not talking about the actors being good-looking either. I mean, what is it that truly makes these characters so memorable and gripping? We came up with a great list and I can’t wait to give my hero in A Broken Kind of Beautiful some of these traits!

God is so good. I felt deflated after reading my manuscript. Then I have a day like Monday where He shows up like only He can and all these ideas leap inside my head. Ideas on how to improve the story. Ideas that rekindled my excitement. Ideas that didn’t come from me, but from Him.

Question to Ponder: What are your cares, concerns, and celebrations today? What makes a literary hero memorable to you?removetweetmeme

18 thoughts on “3 C’s – It’s Friday

  1. Tabitha Bird

    What makes a hero memorable to me is a hero who inspires me to be a hero. If a writer can write that she has a great book πŸ™‚

    I am so glad God is showing up in your work πŸ™‚ That is the BEST.


    Cares: This fever, ugh.

    Concerns: My reading list for AP Lit is enormous!

    Celebrations: I love my story, too πŸ™‚

  3. T. Anne

    Oh I'm glad you love your story again! And I think your title is brilliant!

    I'm bummed for about school starting. =( I hope you feel reenergized and ready to go. It's time for me to order new books for the year. It sort of feels like I'm back too.

    Care; I'm wrapping up my summer WIP this week! I want to end it right so I'm easing into it.

    Concern; 2 of my kids are headed for camp tomorrow I pray safety over them.

    Celebrations; I am SO looking forward to editing my novel! I love to polish and make it talk pretty to me. πŸ˜‰ Also, this is when new idea's start brewing. I love that.

  4. Robyn Campbell

    Praise the Lord that you love your story, because you must love it first.

    I think a literary hero must be strong and also show weakness. If he/she has no weakness then how can we care?

    Cares? Christopher, concerns? Christopher, celebrations? Christopher, and getting my story out to agents. The first five on my list. I'm worried they are on vacation or something. That would be awful.

    I love this post and I love you. If we don't meet down here, you'll be one of the first people I meet up there, my friend in the sky. Our REAL home.

  5. Rosslyn Elliott

    Concerns: Editorial letter arrived.

    Celebrations: Editorial letter arrived.


  6. Michelle Massaro

    Cares: My family, my home
    Concerns: Scheduling with school beginning and me homeschooling my 7th grader while caring for a toddler and never having done it before!
    Celebrations: Our church building is nearing completion! I get to beta-read a book next week for the first time. And I finally joined CWG today!

    Memorable hero= one who we watch have a powerful encounter with God Almighty and is never the same again!

  7. Wendy Delfosse

    Congrats on your notes. Excited for you going into editing so positive.

    My own cares are probably along the same lines: editing, editing, editing. πŸ™‚ But I love it!

    Celebrations: Our church has been doing this awesome series on issues hitting our culture and it's been uber-powerful! God's moving

  8. Erin MacPherson

    Hi Katie!! I found your blog from Rachelle's site (doesn't she ROCK?!) and wanted to drop by and say hi! And, then, I got all caught up in reading about your books…they all sound fabulous! I can't wait to read one of them (hopefully soon!!). Any word from the pub board? Well, hope we talk soon! Erin

    P.S. I used to be a teacher before I had kids…. so I know what it feels like to dread the first day of school!

  9. Beth Mann

    Congrats, Katie. I'm glad you have some new energy with regard to your revisions and your new story!

    My concern is the same as yours: School starts in a week, which means my husband is back to work (no more sleeping in for me!:P) and my oldest is starting Kindergarten…wah!

    I'm celebrating the fact that my women's bible study is finally getting started again after a LONG break for the summer!

    Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  10. Sarah Forgrave

    Wow, is summer break really almost over? Hope your return to school goes well!

    I'm celebrating the fact that my daughter let me sleep from midnight to 7:00 this morning. I'm hoping this becomes a regular occurrence, but only time will tell… πŸ™‚

  11. Cindy R. Wilson

    I'm glad your story and revisions are working well for you.

    Concerns and Cares: I'm starting the biggest parts of my ACFW preparation today–including synopsis, one-sheets, etc. and it overwhelms me. I love my story and it's so hard to get that into words with a synopsis or summary or hook or anything that involves condensing the true meaning of my novel.

    Celebrations: I finished that WIP I love so much, had a chance to do an initial search for character motivations and other potential plot issues and I feel secure about it. Ready to move with it πŸ™‚

  12. patti

    Oh, KATIE!!
    Praise God you're lovin' your story.

    Hmmm. What makes a literary character memorable? Unselfishnish.
    Change as she/he sees God working through the conflicts of life.
    Bigger, better than humanly possible (w/o God)

    Concerns/cares: meeting all my deadlines
    Celebrations: an oral agreement on a manuscript. Waiting for the paper to ink it up.

  13. Sherrinda

    I love the title of your book and know that your hero is gonna be something else! Sorry about going to work…I know that is difficult. πŸ™

    Cares: I found out yesterday we are moving soon…like the first part of September. While not such a huge thing in and of itself, coupled with the fact that I go back to work Monday and work 60-70 hour weeks in August, well, you see my problem.

    Concerns: Krista's baby Annabelle. Also, going back to work Monday. I wanna keep my Cranky Pants in the closet, but working 10 hour days 6 days a week while packing up to move is going to make it difficult. πŸ™‚

    Celebrations: I am so excited about my win in the TBL historical category. That was such a boost for me when I needed it. Yay God!

  14. Erica Vetsch

    Wow, school in a week??? How can that be?

    Cares – Getting the WIP finished by Sat. night.

    A couple of writing projects on the move.

    Concerns – Still praying for Annabelle, as well as a woman from our church who had cancer surgery this week.

    Celebrations – new laptop (though we're still getting aquainted.)

    Can't wait to get a glimpse of BKoB

  15. Carrie

    Cares! Well, there are so many, but praying all goes well with the adoption of the little guy we are fostering. We'll know for sure on Monday.

    Celebrations! Vacation next week! I get to read your next book! Can't wait for that.

    Concerns! for once, there are NONE! I love my husband, love my kids and love my life!

  16. Jessica Nelson

    Yay! Sounds like a wonderful week. πŸ™‚

    I love heroes who are broken yet strong. Wounded yet resilient. And I really love when they intensely want the heroine and would do anything for her (not like bow to her every whim, but die for her).
    Guess that's why I love romantic suspense so much! lol

  17. Heather Sunseri

    Glad you're loving your story! Good feeling!

    Cares: I agree with Wendy on the heat!
    Concerns: I'm running out of time to get everything done I need to get done before conference. And I, too, go back to work when school starts.
    Celebrations: I'm sending manuscript to prof. editor today. I've taken ms as far as I can take it for now, so I'm starting research for next book.

  18. Wendy Paine Miller

    Literary hero memorable = coming through something victorious, inspired or awakened.

    Cares: The heat is sucking up all my energy.
    Concerns: I'm teaching a writing workshop for 2nd-6th graders in a few weeks and I need to get my act together with lessons.
    Celebrations: Fun to read my story in Love is a Flame. My girls are loving VBS. We listen to the songs over and over and over and over in the car. Now that is something to celebrate. πŸ˜‰
    ~ Wendy


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