Life has gotten in the way, and every spare moment I’ve had has been spent on this manuscript that is due June 1st. It’s really a race to the end, and I’m so behind on my own schedule. I’ll be honest, this has taken me by surprise. A month ago, I really thought I was nearing the end on this one. Really. So what went wrong? There were things in it that just didn’t ‘feel’ right. I couldn’t put my finger on it, so I just kept on writing…
But those words that didn’t feel right didn’t magically right themselves…So what did I do? Chucked half the blasted book and re-wrote it! Ugh.
Now that I really am nearing the end, I like it so much better. This was a manuscript that I wrote a few years ago. And even though I haven’t really changed the characters, my writing has changed so much that I just felt I couldn’t really keep any of the old stuff, even though I had tweaked and strengthened the conflict. I needed new words. I needed it to be in the voice that I’ve finally discovered is my ‘true’ voice.
So this week I’ll be racing toward the finish line, and hopefully next week be operating at a more normal pace…
I can’t believe I’m writing this…it’s official, contract’s been signed…
I’ve sold 2 books to Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence Line!!
This is a dream come true, and I can’t believe it’s actually happened…
My first book “A Family For Christmas” (not sure if that will be title or not) will be out THIS year!!!
The second book, “The Best Man’s Baby” (again, not sure about the title) will be out sometime in 2013. This book is actually the second in a series and the partial for the first book, has just been approved…so I’ve got my work cut out for me!
Both of these books are so important to me and were such emotional ones to write. I’ll post details about each of them soon!
I still have to pinch myself. I’m about to join some fabulous authors, and I’m about to be a writer for a fabulous publisher…
I can’t believe I’m here, writing this post…thanks to all of you for your love and support, xo.
Now, I’m not talking about dinner, I’m talking about your manuscript.
How long, after you’ve finished, polished, and done a complete read-through are you ready to send it off? Do you let it sit for a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks? I haven’t found the perfect answer yet. Sometimes when it feels like I’ve been staring and re-reading the same thing too many times to be able to objectively critique it, I need to put it away for a while. But that’s not always possible. What if you have a deadline? What if it’s requested material?
As I so stupidly posted my goals with deadlines down below, I’m supposed to have this done by Sunday night! At this rate, I’m not sure it’s going to happen. Just got back from the doctor’s because I finally caved and admitted to myself that I have a sinus infection…and went to get some meds. So, there goes being able to have some wine tonight, which means, again, if someone read my post below, means I can’t write the love scene. And even without wine, throbbing cheekbones does NOT lend itself to writing about any other throbbing body parts in a romantic setting, lol.
Is there a point that you start hating your manuscript? Right now, I’m kind of hating what I’ve written. I’m hoping it’s because I’ve re-read the same darn chapters over and over again. Because I really did like this manuscript, oh, a couple of weeks ago. And I’m sure I’m going to love this manuscript again at some point once I’ve detached myself from it. And then I’m going to hate it again after I press the send button to email it off to my agent and wait.
How do you know it’s ready? Is a manuscript ever really ‘ready’?
Has this ever happened to you? As I continue on my road to publication I’m finding out more and more about my process-I’m not entirely a plotter nor a panster. I’m a bit in between. Something I’ve also started doing is writing scenes as they pop into my imagination-I’m doing this because many times I’ve jotted down the idea only to come back to it with the ‘mood’ gone. So, I’m trying to seize the moment, the emotion, the feeling of writing a scene as it comes to me (when possible of course. I mean if I’m with the kids it’s not really possible to drop everything and go write.)
Now the problem I’ve run into on this manuscript is that I’ve done this for almost the entire manuscript (except the first, polished, 3 chapters which I had sent to my agent.) So now, I’m finding my manuscript is a lot like poor old Humpty Dumpty…all these pieces and I’m having a really hard time figuring out how I’m going to put them back together.
I’ve got a lot of cutting and pasting to do, a lot of tying-together scenes, before I can really get back into the word count game on this manuscript. Wish me luck!