How to tell a story

There are many helpful blogs on story telling and, when I do not have to go into the office, I am faithful in reading them in the morning. It's part of my self-education in writing my novel. 

This morning's blogs have been inspiring. Janet Reid started it off with the topic of pacing. Janice Hardy, guest on Elizabeth Spann Craig's blog, wrote about how to effectively foreshadow.  And my gem for the day is from Writer Unboxed

Story is about the internal cost of an unavoidable external change.
— Lisa Cron, Writer Unboxed

Her statement roughly mirrors the general theme for my story: Have courage, for love endures. Both of my protagonists have external changes in their lives that kick off their stories. And both of them have internal issues that they will need to deal with to better face their current changes. Telling stories is fascinating, complex, convoluted. And I enjoy so much about it even though I have so much to learn.  

I am almost finished with the second and third draft of my novel, roughly 98,000 words. The second draft has been sent, a few chapters at a time, to critique partners. The third draft has been revised with their critiques in mind. After the third draft is done, it'll be time to print it out and let it rest a while.

I've also been outlining a revision and editing process for when I get back to it. I'm scouring through blogs, including those listed above, and downloaded booklets to create a checklist that's adapted for my weaknesses and strengths.  

While the novel rests, I shall return to the non-fiction piece I wrote after I moved back to the States from Scotland. From 2007-2008, I lived and worked in the Iona Abbey for the Iona Community. I wrote about my experience there and sent the book to Wild Goose Publications, who had published my first book, Disturbing Complacency. Wild Goose said no to this particular book and encouraged me to contact them with any other writings. 

As I recovered from that rejection, I researched potential markets in the U.S. I quit after one rejection. So wimpy of me, true, but part of the reason I quit was that I saw the need to rewrite and restructure it. And I did not have the patience or passion at that time to work with it again. 

But I have that patience and passion now. 

After my novel's third draft is finished.