I feel like I’m revising and rewriting more than drafting these days, and no wonder–I’m still slogging through rewrites of The Minstrel’s Daughter, which is going much slower than anticipated. On the other hand, revisions of The Lady Tennant (Waking Muse #1) went much faster than anticipated, as even the messy parts are turning out to be much cleaner that I suspected. o.O
It’s becoming quite clear that The Minstrel’s Daughter, at nearly 10% over my projected word count and with consistent feedback coming from my fellow word wranglers over at the Online Writing Workshop for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror that extensive rewrites are going to be needed. I’m overwriting, essentially, which is the other extreme from the over-editing problem I’m usually guilty of. Note: Find a happy medium. My full length novels need to be as tightly written as my novellas, and my novellas need to gain some weight so as not to leave my reader confused or wanting more.
In other words, this is going to be a job for the dreaded Red Pen of Death and the Infernal Editor. ABANDON ALL HOPE, etc.
I’m actually kind okay with this–I’m one of those weirdo writers who actually LIKES revisions. I love picking things apart, putting them back together, smoothing them out. This is where the craftmanship of writing comes into play, which is as much (or more) a part of the gig as the art stuff is. This, THIS is wordsmithery.
I do so love wordsmithery. 😀
IN OTHER NEWS: We are now mere days away from unleashing BRIGHID’S MARK (Keepers of the Flame #2), for which I am naturally all excity-pants over. Woo-hoo!!
1. DRAFTING: Searcher Act I–In Progress
My heroes have reached their first destination, with the hounds of war more or less on heir heels. I can’t decide if I want them to be caught here or later by said hounds–it may be required. But the important thing is I’m getting them to Plot Point 1 through a blizzard and into safe hands–for now. One of my shady antagonist-types is due to catch up with them early on in Act II.
REWRITES: The Minstrel’s Daughter ACT I–In Progress
As I said, moving slowly now that I’m seeing inherent problems–not in story, but in my craftsmanship in telling it. The legs are wobbly enough to cause sea sickness and while the foundation is sturdy the top is made of that crappy plywood they used to make Sauder student desks out of. Time for some Nip/Tucking.
REVISIONS: The Lady Tennant—QUEST COMPLETE!
I gave this novella a final read through yesterday (Saturday), and this morning submitted it to The Forge for a content edit, right on schedule. I’m still wondering if I really made a rough draft so truly clean, or if I’m missing something so obvious I’m about to fall into it and land somwhere in China. If I did write something this clean on the first go, I strongly suspsect I’m going to end up wasting time trying to figure out HOW, exactly, I did it. My second or third drafts are this clean, not my firsts. *baffled*
IN DEVELOPMENT: WAKING MUSE #2–In Progress
I’m having a lot of fun researching Montreal. There’s an annual food and wine festival I think I’m going to set the story in, and I’ve been digging into the inner workings of restaurants that host or are run by premiere chefs. I’d already decided my hero will be a chef who’s starting over in Montreal and my heroine will be an American food critic from (possibly) Chicago. Now I need to host a story meeting with my characters to hash out a plot.
Your turn–how’d you guys do this week? How do you go about breaking a new story?