Whilst on vacation, I did alot of thinking and brainstorming and figuring. I did a bit of writing and a bit of revision, but mostly kept things open because it was vacation. Luckily, the Inner Slave Driver was actually in agreement with me this time.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to work on one book at a time. Working on three wasn’t difficult, but it was cutting into the time I could be working on Pirouette (we’re back to Pirouette now, no third draft or 1.0). While it was good to take a break, I’m now starting to feel the urge again.
Considered doing another rewrite for the sheer amount of stuff that needs to be changed or fixed. A lot of people I asked about it strongly suggested against not doing a rewrite because I should learn how to revise. Flamebound is the first novel/novella I’ve attempted to revise since a failed attempt in 2004ish. Unfortunately, with the amount of work I still have yet to do on Flamebound (before even making the changes and such), it won’t be ready by the end of the year. I just can’t see it happening.
With Broken, that can be done whenever. I have no set deadline or timeframe. When I can, I will continue work on it.
However, my one big goal was to get something out THIS YEAR. With the year half gone, I need to get moving. And I feel the urge with Pirouette. I’m using a mix of methods for this. Some HTRYN methods and some of my own. Also Holly Lisle’s One Pass Revision methods. Going to be notecarding soon, to figure out how the scenes are working (or not working). I need to get a handle on Alisia and Lucien’s relationship arc. Also Raelan’s (the villain). I may go through them separately and then string it all back to together once it’s good. I’ll be rewriting some things. Refiguring others. I’m also going through every single crit I got and making notes. I thought I’d remember and I didn’t remember alot of it (this is from last year on the 2nd draft). Some things I fixed in the 3d draft, but there’s still alot that’s messed up. I’m also going to be doing some Tarot readings and some journal entries in Alisia’s voice. I might write some in longhand. Basically, I’m using a bunch of things that I think will help. And I want to get through this rather quickly (not crappy, mind you, just quickly) so I can get it to my critiquers.
I hope this will be it (ha, I said that last time) and I can move forward. My idea is to get it to be the best it can be, using all of the things I’ve learned and using my critters’ insight. I’m hoping I can nail it, or at least come close, this go-around.
I made a discovery while reading one of my critter’s notes. The 2nd draft sucked. Yeah, it had its good points, but most of it was awful. Granted, I wrote it in 2007 almost completely with voice recognition software (and, despite my fearsome editing skills, I still missed a ton of mis-recognitions 😦 ) and well….I’ve gotten better over the past 3 years. I think I can do a better job.
But I believe in the story. I wouldn’t be working myself into a tizzy if I didn’t. Sure, I could move on, but regardless if this book gets published, I need to learn to revise/edit. Although I might be one of those writers that just does multiple drafts. Hopefully, I’ll get a clue. Meantime, I’ll be plugging away at Pirouette. It needs to shine.