When I'm not writing, my time is spent editing novels for other writers
. I usually only take on 3-4 a month max so I get the time I need in for my own writing. Lately I've read some books for writers that I thought were really hum-drum. And at the same time, I've been editing novels and seeing the same kind of issues novel after novel...and by that, I don't mean to say the writing is bad at all; in fact, I've edited some fanstastic novels this year, but it's the simple things I notice that are easy to fix and would tighten up a writers manuscript and just give it that little something extra.
I've decided that while I continue with my Sloane Monroe series
, I'm going to start a book on the side for writers, from an editors POV. It's something that I am completely off the charts excited about.
Years ago when I became a VP of Performance Development at a company where I taught people how to edit, I was given a test to take called the Myers-Briggs. The test questions asked all sorts of things about me and my habits and how I see myself. In the end, it spits out what my personality type is and what type of job suits me best, and I am a pedagogue--a teacher, and I excel at teaching or conveying something (like a story, which is why I can write).
And so begins my journey into the writer's handbook--and what I'm looking forward to most of all is helping my fellow authors with little tips that will improve their writing.