And because I’m behind on blogging this month and I want to procrastinate actually working on my novel, here’s a second post for today. 🙂
On the writing front, I’m still slogging away on that giant rewrite. I’m just about to start chapter five of part two, and there’s fifteen chapters after that, so I’ve still got a ways to go, blech. I reallllly want to be done with this draft by the end of March, so I’d better get cracking. Trying not to think about how I get to go through it again after that because this rewrite is so massive it’s like 50% brand new material which needs editing and pondering and possibly rearranging and rewriting. Oh man this is so much work. You see why I’m procrastinating??
I’m so ready to be on to something NEW! Trying do decide if I’ll start writing a brand new novel (from last year’s set-aside short story), finish off my draft from November, or Something Else Entirely. So many possibilities!
Meanwhile, Arizona has forgotten it’s February and has decided to skyrocket into the mid-to-upper-80s, which is making me grumpy because summer is coming soon and WE NEVER HAD WINTER!!!!!! >:-( It’s so weird to me that the rest of the country is wreathed in eternal White Witch Narnian winter, and Arizona is all like “la dee dah, let’s break some heat records for this time of year.” Anyways. I REFUSE to turn on the air conditioning. You know. In the house. It’s definitely on in my car…
So. There you have it.
So on Monday I turned THIRTY. Isn’t that weird?
Last weekend my awesome husband took me on a hot air balloon ride to celebrate, and it was SO AMAZING!! I now want to travel everywhere by balloon!
On top of the world!
And on my birthday he got me an oh-so-delicious giant cookie cake from Paradise Bakery. It was all I ever dreamed it would be!
Because all the cool kids wear Disney shirts on their 30th birthday
In writing news, I have made some progress on the revision. I’m almost finished with the first chapter of Part 2, and also ruminating on some changes to the end of Part 1. Still a long way to go, but I think I’m going to make it through this thing!
Here’s to a (hopefully!) awesome new decade!
I’m at that point with my revision of Part II where I just basically hate everything. I’ve outlined what I have. I’ve made lots of rambling notes about what I want to be different. I’m trying to figure out how to merge the two and it’s just AWFUL!! Blarg. I go through this with Every Single Revision, you would think I’d be used to it now, but noooo.
It’s like, I know I’ll reach that point where I’ve got everything figured out and I can start the actual rewriting process, but right now it’s hard to see it. I’m questioning everything: does this scene belong? would this character really behave like that? what is the point of this storyline? how do I develop this naturally? does anything in here make even A LITTLE BIT OF SENSE?? Should I just give up and become a horticulturist???
So anyways. That’s how it’s going.
Yesterday, I finished Part One of my epic rewrite, and it was awesome, and I’m so proud of my changes!
Today, I remembered that I only have a few brainstorming notes about Part Two, and I don’t really know what I’m doing to it, and there is SO MUCH LEFT to rewrite it’s kind of giving me a headache. Yikes.
This is my third major draft of this manuscript—I first wrote it during NaNoWriMo 2006, and I rewrote it in 2008. I dearly love its core elements and I know I’ve already made it better, but WOW, the second half is going to be a lot harder than I thought. Not to mention I’ve yet to 100% decide on whether or not I’m drastically altering the ending…
In addition to the major scene changes and a vast amount of rewriting, I’m also trying to cut as many words as possible. I’ll be able to focus on that more once I have the whole draft down and can judge what’s working and what’s not, but the good news is Part One is 3K shorter in this draft than it was in the previous one, so that’s encouraging! I would dearly love this to end up around 90K, but if I’m being honest, I’ll be happy to get it down to the 100K mark. We shall see!!
On a side note, I’ve been rereading my NaNo part-of-a-novel from November, and while it definitely needs some help here and there, it’s a lot better than I thought. I’m digging it!
Okay. Back to sorting through this second half.
So, so, so, welcome to the second day of 2014! It’s sunny and seventies in AZ, which might make a lot of you jealous, but I really wouldn’t mind some clouds and snow and a roaring fire and some hot chocolate. I am drinking black currant tea with cream, though, so that’s something!
On the roster for 2014:
- I’m turning 30 in twenty-five days. That sounds really old. 0_o (Obviously this isn’t a goal, just an inevitable event.)
- Whale and the Tree revision. Hoping to be finished circa April, although this draft will need at least another pass after that. Really proud of my changes so far! I think it’s already a much stronger manuscript.
- Another novel. Possibly another revision, possibly a reworking of last year’s short story idea, possibly something completely new. We’ll see!
- I have a ton of books I want to read, including but not limited to: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Sorrow’s Knot, The Bitter Kingdom, Shadow and Bone, The Fault in Our Stars, Unthinkable, The Name of the Wind, The Night Circus, Reflections (Diana Wynne Jones on writing), and whatever else has yet to tickle my fancy! (Book suggestions always welcome!)
That’s it for now. More later if I think of anything! Also, my tea is gone, so it seems a fitting place to end.
Go forth and be awesome, everyone!
I feel like, literarily-speaking, at least, 2013 is turning out to be a rerun of 2006. I re-read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell this summer for the first time since 2006. I’m re-reading the Queen’s Thief Series, which I first read (scratch that—devoured!!) in 2006. And I’m currently revising my 2006 NaNoWriMo novel.
Perhaps that’s not the most amazing thing ever, but I think it’s slightly interesting. 🙂
Okay, I need to really get back to that revision…
I so love October!! No lovely autumn trees here, unfortunately, but the days are slooooowly getting cooler and the holidays are just around the corner, and my husband and I are going to Disneyland for our first anniversary next week. Life is good!
The revision is going pretty well… I haven’t actually worked on it yet this week, due to a grisly battle with a horde of ants over our kitchen yesterday, but I’m feeling encouraged and enthusiastic about it. My goal is to finish the first half by the end of the month and I THINK I can do it if I push. And I want to because…
I’m contemplating NaNoWriMo this year!! I’ve been bitten with NaNo fever and I’m not sure I can shake it. 🙂 If I do join, I’ll be continuing the novel I started writing in 2009, and therefore technically be a NaNo rebel! It’s a story that’s been in my head since the early 90s 0_o and I read the first part the other day and I desperately want to finish it because my inner thirteen-year-old self wants to read the end! I haven’t 100% committed yet, but I’m definitely leaning that way.
But at any rate, here’s my last piano student of the day, so I’d better attend to him.
Over and out. 🙂
To paraphrase Shakespeare, the outline’s the thing!
Yeah, I’m outlining the remainder of Part One of my huge rewrite, and it’s a VERY EXCELLENT IDEA. I went into this thinking “I’ll just start over and see what happens” and that might not’ve been the BEST decision ever. I’m at the point where I need to marry my new material to my old material. I realized I CAN still use some of the scenes I’ve already written, and that I’m trying to make THIS story better, not write a completely different one. So that was an encouraging realization!
I’ve only been working on this outline for a couple days, and I almost have it sorted enough to start writing/revising again. I’m excited! I can do this!
I STILL LIKE THIS NOVEL!!!!!!
Well, September is upon us! I’m slowly pecking away at the novel rewrite, and—as usual—being frustrated and encouraged in turn. I’m finally beginning to get a vision of how I want it to go, but there’s so many decisions and possibilities it gets pretty confusing. But I’m gonna push through!!
I keep having to re-realize that, for right now, I can’t worry about:
… whether or not it’s too long
… whether or not there will be a market for it WHEN I finally finish
… whether or not my writing is perfect
… whether or not I’m being as creative as I aspire to be
… whether or not I’m ever going to make it past the first few chapters
I can, however, focus on:
— Doing the best I can with where I am right now
— Enjoying the freedom that comes with re-imagining the story
— Working on it EVERY DAY
At least I have something to semi-distract me from compulsively checking my email every two minutes and the miniature heart attacks brought on by seeing a reply to one of my queries in my inbox.
This writing thing, I tell ya.
This morning, I started writing at 7:30, and didn’t stop until I finished the scene I was working on. It felt GREAT. I’m making it my goal to get in the habit of writing first thing every day, because if I don’t keep working on this novel rewrite, you know what?
It’s never ever ever going to get done.
And that’s unacceptable.
The last few months, I’ve been really discouraged on the writing front—the glacial querying process, the feeling of ramming my head against a brick wall with this novel, the fear that I’m never going to get to the next step. But I’ve come so far since I started getting really serious about writing in 2005. I’ve written six complete novels and three incomplete ones, and I’ve REwritten a few of them, too. I’ve written query letters and synopsises (synopsi? however you spell it, they’re awful!!) and read up on the publishing industry—I’ve even gotten feedback from some pretty awesome agents.
And all that aside, even though it’s frustrating beyond imagining sometimes, I love writing. I always have.
I’m not going to give up. I’m going to keep plugging away at this novel, and when I finish it I’m going to write another one.
I am writer! Here me RAWRRRRRR!!!