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Rangers Keep is finished!
11/19/2009 5:48:44 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

My latest work has been finished in rough draft. Look for the ebook soon!
Well shipmates, I have some wonderful news for you. Thanks to not owning a television I finished my fantasy novel this past weekend. While missing football, soccer, the discovery channel and cool action movies is a pain; the time it frees up in my life is almost immeasurable. Thus, I am very happy to report the rough draft of Rangers Keep is finished.

It was not an easy novel to right because I broke one of my cardinal rules in the very beginning of the manuscript. I allowed someone else to read it and offer feedback. The reader gave negative feedback and it derailed the entire project. You see, no matter how much we love to do something, it can and will be challenged and/or attract negativity thanks to Murphy’s Law. I should have known better.

I don’t attend manuscript shredding sessions nor do I ask for feedback until a work is finished, polished and self-published. One of the best ways to derail or at the very least delay a great story is to ask someone for feedback or help. Odds are, even if they have the best intentions at heart, they will sabotage the effort by bumping the storyline off kilter.

Ever read those compilations where several authors try to write about the same world / story / character? Ever notice how things have a tendency to be jumpy or at the worst completely disjointed? Exactly, only you can tell your story the way it needs to be told.

The negative feedback I received actually derailed the entire novel for over a year. It took me over a year to clear my mind of the negative energy that I associated with the fantasy tale and jump back in the seat to wrap up the story. Once I was able to see the positive in the story again, it was a breeze to do.

To all bloggers, writers and authors I say this; do not allow those around you to sabotage your story. Write it the way you will and share the story only after it is complete. (Then, if the reader gives you negative feedback you can always reply; “I would love to read your novel! May I have a copy?” That single comment usually shuts up 99.9%.) I also think that support groups, writers groups and other type of groups that are supposed to help you succeed often do a great disservice to their membership. I have never met an author who said, “If it weren’t for my critique group this book would have never made it!”

Remember, keep it real, keep it motivated and most of all keep it positive. Have faith in yourself. Never give up or give in. You are a highly charged positively motivated sailor~of~life!

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More Blogs by Michael C Meisberger
•  Rangers Keep is finished! - Thursday, November 19, 2009  
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• My apologies... - Wednesday, January 07, 2009
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