Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

. . . Authentic and Intense

In the Filtered Light of a Cloudy Morning . . .

>. . . I find that I’m not being a scaredy cat. 

I went to the library yesterday and picked up 5 books from the mystery shelf.  I chose books whose authors I hadn’t read, but had multiple books sitting there.  This morning, I read the first 5 pages of each of their books. 

Then I opened my ereader and did the same for the 4 Christian fiction novels I had downloaded this weekend.

All I can say is WOW!  With only a couple of the library books as exceptions, I was impressed with how succintly the authors told their stories and how quickly their action began – no back story.

I went back to my story.  My first five were actually pretty good, along the same lines as the ones I’d just read.  My only trouble is that they are all about someone besides the main character.  I noticed at least 1 of the Christian downloads did that, too, so I guess it is okay.

Nevertheless, if I’m only going to get to send the first 5 pages in with my query, then I want to at least MENTION my main character, so I started rewriting anyway.  I carved almost a full page of unneccessary movements, descriptions, and mentions along with material that was duplicated elsewhere and voila’ the first page of chapter 2, and my main character’s introduction, becomes part of my first 5.

But I learned something.  When I wrote this last month, I did it because I was enjoying the writing, not because I anticipated a career change – God is in His heaven; He does what pleases Him!  (So glad it pleases Him to love and bless us!)  The over the last 2 weeks when I rewrote huge sections and rearranged data, I was basically revising for understanding purposes, making sure that what I had written had made sense. 

Now I realize I need to do another rewrite.  I need to go through and analyze each section of my manuscript to make sure that what is there is pertinent or adds to the mood of the moment. 

I don’t think I’m just being a procrastinating scaredy cat at this point.  I think I got a Heavenly foreboding because God knew I was jumping the gun.  I’m listening, Lord . . . and I’m still praying for those agents by name!


Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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