Happy Monday! I had a nice Mother’s Day. How was yours?
Let’s see how I did last week…
1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Write 200 – 267 words for new story. Oops! That should have said write that amount daily. I wrote 4,157. I think I nailed that one. The goal is an 8,000 word story.
*Follow up with new CPs and make changes to Chapters 1-3. Chapters 4-8 have been rewritten. I need to review them and then forward to partners. Rework Chapters 9-11. Change in plans. I’ll address this in a bit.
2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Continue work on short story project.
*Research a SECOND short story project slated also for 2017.
*Tackle changes on Demon’s Birthright.
3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: Since DB is about to go through an upheaval (keep reading), I’m going to share something from the second short story project I’m working on. Another author pal is planning a contemporary romance anthology and I needed a story. I thought I had something in mind until a friend posted photos from a recent photo shoot. I gave a description for the one photo that struck me, “an MMA fighter fighting his demons and the memories of the woman who got away”. As much as I didn’t need another story idea, it stuck with me. So my tentative story will be called “Fighting For Second: An MMA Love Story”. It’s the story of Chance Hanlon and Ximena Ibarra, the girl who got away. I was writing up the synopsis and this is part of it:
“When you’re popular, there will always be those who hate you. When you’re prone to throw a punch, sometimes life throws one back.”
It sums up what happens when a guy who speaks with his fists and a popular girl with her own group of haters find love.
Wish me luck on this one. I’ve never done a contemporary romance.
4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: My challenge was two-fold, overwriting and knowing when to go back to the drawing board. One of my new critique partners didn’t mince words when she told me I’ve put too much in one book. She caught that in the first three chapters. She was lost in parts. Her questions were relevant. I reluctantly sent her a previous version with the hope that the answer to my problem could be found there. Wrong course of action.
Sometimes it requires a little sleep to find the real solution. Before I went to bed, I read an article about writing a trilogy. The article spoke about the three acts in one book becoming three books. That made me think. I woke up Sunday with the realization that my CP was right. I’d crammed a lot in one book. Furthermore, I’d written book two in the series and not one. I wrote out what I’d planned in each act of the current draft. Seeing it in black and white combined with this new insight smacked me dead in the face, three books masquerading as one.
So it’s back to the drawing board. I have to draft Book One. I’ll need to re-draft parts of Book Two to make it a true Book Two. Instead of three books, I’ll probably have four or five books. Here’s the reality check… it won’t be ready to publish this year, not if I want it done right and have people buy it. Another lesson learned… books drafted during NaNoWriMo take more than a year (on average) before they’re ready. I wrote “Regress” in 2014. It took six revisions in total before it was ready this year.
I won’t stop writing drafts during NNWM. My expectations have changed. Before I thought a year’s time would be enough. It depends on the genre. Fantasy takes longer. It doesn’t matter if it’s High Fantasy or Urban Fantasy. The worldbuilding might be believable, but the story may be too big for normal constraints. If this were a simple paranormal (not that those are easier), one year might work. The story would need to be scaled back, though. I think Raevyn and Cullen’s story is a good one and deserves my time and effort, not a rush job.
I made changes in my publishing schedule over the weekend. I’ll need to tweak it again to reflect my change with this series. That’s the nice thing about indie publishing. I make the rules. I’m not answering to someone else’s time table. I can work on other projects and make this one sing. The rough draft is going to take a moment because I need to go back and take care of some basic things in planning. Hopefully, readers, this effort won’t be unappreciated. Be patient with me, please.
5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: Although I tried to pack a professional football stadium into a high school gymnasium, I still love what I’ve created so far. I’ve developed some great characters with an interesting story. It’s my job now to make these characters more complex and develop their story further.
I think there’s a big lesson learned with this project. Starting over isn’t a bad thing. It’s not a sign of failure. It’s a sign that you’re growing and listening. Nothing’s worse than putting a two hundred percent effort behind the wrong project. You want to make sure you’re doing your best… always!
That’s it for this week!