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So what’s going on with me this month?
First, I have to say one thing…Happy eight years (and 9 days) blogiversary!
When I first started blogging I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. I still sometimes don’t. And I started blogging for the most part as a way to build my author’s platform.
Another thing going on with me this month is symbols. And after putting the question to and getting advice from my 10 year old I’ve yet to come to a final decision. When I wrote about my MC’s reclaiming her fae brand into a kickass tattoo, it’s location was on the back of her left hand. Then I started thinking why the left hand and not the right?
The left hand symbolizes darkness and evil. In my WIPs the fae are mostly seen as dangerous criminals who are mostly up to no good. And shouldn’t be trusted at all. Yet 90% of the population are right handed. And by greeting with the right hand and or shaking hands, others can tell you came in peace and are trustworthy. But the fae brand tattoo on the right hand reverses it. It ends up showing others the opposite and to be wary of the fae person. As well as differentiating between who’s really human and who is fae with humanoid features.
So to say, after posing out loud to myself the very same question and points to my ten year old, I’m still undecided. Although, my son was quick to answer to go with the right hand. Because most people shake with the right hand. But what about your input? Should I keep the location of the brand tattoo on the left hand or rewrite it to the right? Or should I put a pin in it and get on with the re-drafting?
June 2 question – For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
It depends. It can be anywhere up to three or four months. Or when I feel ready to tackle it. I have a few WIPs that I have on hiatus. Though it’s been more than two years since I’ve read and redrafted them, they’re in no way permanently shelved. I’ve yet to do their rewrites. Either because the moment hadn’t been right, a new story idea would ensnare me and or procrastination.
Why did you start blogging? How long have you been blogging? How important is symbolism in your writing? Do you research and think over which objects, colors etc to use as symbols in your writing? Or are you blasé about it, for example making the car red because the color is cool for a car? For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
PS Good luck to those participating in #PitMad tomorrow.