Ernest Hemingway famously said, “The only kind of writing is rewriting.”
It’s sad but true. Now that you have a first draft, you still have a lot of work to do before you start showing that manuscript to agents or publishers. For some tips, take a look at this guest post about rewriting that I wrote (and then rewrote) for Serious Reading.
“Winter’s writing style is straightforward. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, but three things stood out-it’s clear he gets romance, character development and dialogue. Both of these characters are fully realized. They communicate their feelings in realistic ways and each of their nuances were captured superbly. Neither are reluctant to tell the other know how attracted they are to the other and as their relationship evolves neither have any qualms about letting the other know how strong their feelings are. It was a delight to read two men who are so honest with not only each other but themselves.”
Another Christmas treat for me — a sweet, thoughtful review of September from Dianne at It’s About the Book. Take a look!
Dianne writes: “David and Brandon were so very real to me. The insecurities they harbored were genuine. They had valid concerns. They behaved selfishly and were blindingly stupid at times, yet they were absolutely heroic at others. There were shows of pride, stubbornness and absolute devastation. I commend the author for being brave enough to take Brandon and David to some pretty bleak places before having the sun find them again – and doing so in a wholly unexpected, jarring, all-or-nothing fashion. These men had me feeling empathy, joy, hope, frustration, heartache, triumph and love.”
Thanks to MM Good Book Reviews for hosting this exclusive excerpt from “September”. As I say in the post, “In September, David struggled with the loss of the man with whom he thought he would spend his life, and with his own age. The excerpt I have chosen for you contains two scenes that take place shortly after David has injured himself while working out, and has met Brandon for the first time to start physical therapy. By showing David with two of his close friends, I hope you will get a glimpse of the conflicts David feels about where he is in his life, and the challenges he and Brandon will face.”
She writes: “This is an amazing story – David & Brandon are two characters who are brought together by chance, learn to love each other despite the age gap, and their love story is one of kind and transcends age, wealth, and injury – a true story of learning to love again and of taking chances!”