Tag: Glass Houses

May 08, 2012
By Michael Rupured

New Directions?

Starting a blog is easy. Keeping it going is a bit more challenging. The internet is littered with the carcasses of failed and abandoned blogs. I’m sure most bloggers fantasize about hitting the big league and making lots of money at least once in a while. But the vast majority of active blogs aren’t the least bit successful, at least by industry standards. And with few exceptions, most bloggers don’t care. They measure success with different yardsticks. When I started this blog, I envisioned that by now, my recently penned memoir, Glass Houses, would be in print and steadily climbing the best seller list. This blog was intended to satisfy the never-ending curiosity of all my devoted fans. Thanks, all three of …

Mar 18, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Back to Square One

My affection for the people in my writer’s group has come up here several times before. We’re a diverse group with different backgrounds, interests, strengths, and weaknesses. Together we’re a tough bunch of well-informed critics. Besides the formal submission process and the critiques provided at our regular meetings, there’s also a lot of informal sharing. Sometimes requests go out to the entire group. But mostly it’s one of us asking two or three others for feedback about a new section, an old section that’s been revised, or perhaps even about an entire manuscript. A year ago when I first joined, I sent Glass Houses to the entire group with a request for general feedback. I’ve since learned they thought I …

Mar 11, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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Hurry Up and Wait

The most common advice for new writers is to keep writing. Serious writers devote a few hours to the craft every day. I try, but too often, life gets in the way. Serious writers would say that life getting in the way is just an excuse. If I really wanted to, I’d find the time. Writing blogs and “how to” books are full of stories about super busy people who manage to squeeze in an hour or two of writing. It’s about discipline, and making time for the things that are most important. Writing has always been an important part of my life. I can’t help it. Something inside of me compels me. Before I learned the alphabet, I filled …

Mar 06, 2012
By Michael Rupured

The Week in Review

For the past two weeks, I’ve been too busy to blog. I’m still busy, but the bug I picked up at a conference last week in Charlotte has prevented me from running or going to the gym. Consequently, I have a bit more free time. The conference went well–better than I expected. The hotel staff did a good job of taking care of us, the food was good, and I didn’t encounter any problems. Without seeing the final bill, my only complaint is that we had to pay $360 to use two little extension cords for two days. I’m not kidding. Thursday night, I went out to dinner with colleagues I’ve known for nearly thirty years to a fancy all …

Feb 26, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Never Say Never

Things I’ve always said I’d never do have become regular habits over the last year or so. Recently quite a few people–including some of my regular readers–have asked me how I do it. In today’s post, I’m going to attempt to explain. Writing Glass Houses was the beginning of my transformation. I never thought I could write a book. Now I’ve written two, and have been thinking a lot about the plot for my third. Glass Houses started the ball rolling in three ways. First, thanks largely to encouragement from some of you, I decided to give writing a book a try. That I finished it and that others have enjoyed reading it, even in draft form, thrills me to …

Feb 12, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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Aiming High

Because of everything I’ve learned about writing in the year since I finished writing it, revising Glass Houses has been more interesting and less tedious than I expected. Leaving it alone for nearly a year helped, too. Hard to say whether the passage of time or my growth as a writer helped more. Both made a difference, but I feel like the experience gained from writing Addicted had the biggest impact. I’m into my third round of revisions. For the first round, I incorporated changes the editor marked up directly on the manuscript. In places, because I needed to think more about her suggestions, I highlighted the section with a yellow marker then folded the corner of the page down so …

Feb 04, 2012
By Michael Rupured

More Than Friends

I finished writing Glass Houses about a year ago. After receiving rejections from the agent of my dreams and a publisher that seemed perfect for my book, I knew I needed help. Several friends suggested I check out local groups for writers. A Google search turned up a group right here in Athens. I sent the convener an email message and the following weekend, attended my first meeting. Since then, I’ve missed only one of our biweekly meetings. Every other Saturday night, I spend two to four hours talking shop with the other writers in the group. Here’s how it works. Members submit up to 5000 words of a work in progress. The next day, the convener sends these submissions …

Jan 26, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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What on Earth Did I Do?

Since the first of the year, I’ve been running like crazy. Seems like there’s never a spare moment to just kick back and relax. Well, that’s not entirely true, but I sure don’t have the kind of downtime I had just a few years ago. Four years ago, we didn’t have any dogs. It’s not that our little chihuahuas are terribly demanding. About all they require this time of year is a few trips a day outside. They really need daily walks, but it’s dark by the time we have the chance, and Toodles is afraid of the dark. In truth, even in bright daylight, she’s afraid of practically everything. So during the short days of winter, Tico and Toodles …

Jan 20, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Revisions: Round Two

Today I spent a few hours working on revisions to Glass Houses. Having completed line edits, I’m now reading every word from the beginning again, and thinking more about how it all fits together. It’s a complete immersion process–the kind of task that requires focus and concentration. Once I get rolling, revisiting the manuscript is quite enjoyable. When I finished writing the initial draft nearly a year ago, the idea of fixing all the issues, both major and minor, was frankly overwhelming. The manuscript and the time period covered were too big for me to wrap my head around. So to be enjoying the revision process is a welcome surprise. My tendency in writing Glass Houses, since it’s a memoir, …

Jan 15, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Progress!

I spent the better part of last year writing Addicted, my first novel. For much of that time, a freelance editor was working her magic on my memoir, Glass Houses. Though she sent me her recommendations and suggestions back in November, I decided to finish the novel before turning my attention to revising the memoir. The writer’s group reviewed the last section of Addicted on December 17th. I spent a few days making revisions before sticking a fork in it, calling it done, and shipping it off to the same editor who worked on the memoir. At long last, I was ready to tackle revisions to Glass Houses. The first step was to review everything I got back from the …