Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Big Rewrite

Having received feedback from a number of people and also having read a number of excellent books on story structure and character profiling, I have decided to rewrite the first book of my trilogy. I'm still trying to decide whether to rewrite without referring to the old version or whether to still paste in some of the scenes I really liked.

I'm surprised by how un-freaked out I am. I'm really looking forward to it actually. If it makes the book better - bring it on!
I'm interested though - I'm assuming others have been in this position. How did you find having to rewrite hours of work? Did you refer back to your old stuff?

Hopefully this will all be worth the effort. Either way it will be fun to hang out with these characters again.

Wish me luck!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Rejected = Dejected

When it comes to writing I have been surprised by how unfazed I have been by rejection letters. I was feeling relatively invincible, until last week. I don't know what it was about this particular rejection, but it totally bummed me out!
I think the thing that made me feel so dejected was that this agent had asked to see more. My hopes were soaring and then a week later totally crashing when she got back to me. Her comments said my writing just wasn't good enough. Yep - that's it right there - dejection. My writing was not good enough. Talk about feeling stink.
So - my brave friend (who co-authored the book with me) wrote back and very politely asked if she could be more specific. The agent generously replied saying that our writing reflects our inexperience, but if we are willing to learn and put in some effort, we'll most likely get there. She also included a list of books that she thought were gold when it came to writing fiction. We have hunted them down and will be reading for a fair few hours over the coming weeks.
It will be great to learn and grow.
So, even though rejection can sometimes feel like dejection it can also lead to improvement and ultimately acceptance.
In spite of how useless I felt last week, I am not going to give up. I love writing too much to consider that option. In the words of a very wise Regal Blue Tang fish, I am going to "Just keep swimming."

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Time - where have you gone?

I can't believe it's nearly mid-March!!! These last few weeks have been manic. I have picked up a few at home jobs for my husband's school - data entry type stuff, plus my son has stopped napping during the day. My precious writing time is flying out the window!!
I have been keeping on top of my fortnightly assignments and I'm still querying agents, but everything else has been put on hold and I'm having withdrawal symptoms. I MISS writing. I want to shut myself away for a whole day and bury my brain in an alternate world... one that I've created.
I guess I'm grateful that I'm sort of in between projects. I'm trying to get on with the planning stage of my next manuscript. My trilogy is thoroughly edited and awaiting feedback from an author who is helping me out. The book I've co-written with my friend is being sent out to various agents and I'm now trying to focus on something new, but when am I supposed to do this.
I must find the time somehow.
What do you guys do? When is your ultimate writing time? When is your "I can settle for that" writing time? And do you ever feel like I do and struggle to find any time to dance with your keyboard.