The Next Step in the Writing Process

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Dell Laptop, writing, editingMany of you know that I’ve been working on my first novel, and now I’ve reached the next step in the writing process. For the past few weeks, my manuscript has been in the capable hands of my editor, Susan Hughes, owner of  My Independent Editor.  It won’t be long before her work is completed and my revision process begins once more. You’ve heard it again and again…writing and rewriting. And yes, that is part of the process, if you want the final result to be your best work.

You’ll recall how I spent two weeks in the serene environment of the Amalfi Coast overlooking  the Tyrhennian Sea. Yes, it was a dream for me to  be able to spend that time in Positano, a magical place for me.

Positano Photo by Margie MiklasSo for the revision, I still need to have silence and need to be alone so I have no distractions. Although I like to write near the ocean,  need to do this part of the process on the laptop, so I will be home in my office. But, I am tempted to take the laptop outside onto the patio, and work from there.

Pool in Florida photo by Margie MiklasMy pool has a jacuzzi attached, and the water gently falls from from the jacuzzi back into the pool to recirculate. The sound is gentle, like a quiet small waterfall, so it’s relaxing.

If I need a break, or some inspiration, I may print out a chapter and head to my beach, twenty-five minutes away.

Hutchinson Island beach umbrella photo by Margie MiklasCritical Cover-Up is my first novel, and so it’s nothing like any of of my other books. This is a work of fiction, and I have been working on it for two and a half years, the longest of any of my books. The setting is Florida, and you won’t find any references to Bella Italia.

I’ll soon be sharing  my cover with you, as well as a synopsis, so please stay tuned for more updates. With some luck, I’m hoping to be able to publish Critical Cover-Up in late spring, depending on how the rewriting/revision goes. It will be available on Amazon.com  as well as in the UK and other countries in digital format as well as paperback.

Enjoy a few photos from my inspiring place at home in Florida.

How about you? What relaxes you? Where is your go-to place to feel inspired? I’m eager to hear your feedback so please leave a comment.

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Grazie and  Ciao

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10 Responses

  1. So excited for you Margie such a cool new chapter literally and figuratively. Hope the final leg goes smoothly. All the best my friend!!! 😊
    Oh and the Sea too is my go to place for serinity and wellness. Life is good in every sense when at the Sea.

  2. Can’t wait to read your novel.

  3. I’m excited to read your upcoming book…set in FLORIDA. The west coast of Florida is my home.
    However, I do love Italy and enjoy your posts and particularly your Instagram pictures; especially Sicily and Puglia. Sicily for me in October 2017 and Puglia in 2018. Italy is my happy place!

    • Thank you Sandy…How exciting for you that you have two trips to southern Italy planned!! I like the west coast of Florida too. I used to live in Pinellas County…Now my home in on Florida’s east coast.

  4. I’m so excited. I feel as if I’ve been waiting forever to read this! 🙂 Say, I would like to suggest something to aid in setting the mood. Do you know about Noisli? I love it. I can listen to wind blowing, a river flowing, a fire crackling, a train rolling over tracks…and you can combine sounds to create environments. I like listening to water running AND the fire crackling. Makes me feel as if I am outdoors. Maybe that can fill in some of the empty spaces when you can go out.

    Meanwhile, hurry up will ya? And I want to buy a signed copy, bella!

    • Thanks very much Sherry…I know it seems like ages ago when I first started thinking about this book! Thanks for the tip about Noisli..I will definitely have to download the app.

  5. I think I like the pool for thinking and not being distracted. My wife and I find it is the most relaxing place to be. Looking forward to reading your new book. Good to have another author writing about Florida. I hope it is is a successo editoriali

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