Today is the letter W.
W is for Writer.
Normally, I hate writing about myself, but I made a decision a few days ago that warrants me discussing my writing and my book CUTLASS.
CUTLASS was a 150,000 page novel. It was a novel I just kept editing and re-editing, hoping at some point, after eight years of working on it, it would magically become what I would be satisfied with. I had Barabara Kloss read it (author of Gaia's Secret and scribblesnjots). She pointed out everything that had basically been bothering me for a long time. Things I thought...well, knew wouldn't go away. I'm not sure what I thought would happen to them. Maybe if I ignored them, everyone else would too?
Well, I am rewriting COMPLETELY!
I am changing characters. I renamed Kiera to Larkin and she is basically not the same person. Barren and Kiera are no longer married, but meet at the beginning of the tale. Everything is different. It's overwhelming, but I have created a story board.
My brain was smoking after this. You have no idea. lol. It's not finished either. :/ hahaha.
I've NEVER plotted a story...but I find that this is fun! And having to basically start all over, this really helps me stay focused and kind of move away from my other story. Let's face it, it's hard to forget you wrote a 150,000 word novel.
This will also be YA, btw.
Oh, and I am reading, at the suggestion of Barbara, Anatomy of Story by John Truby.
It's far more interesting to read about how to write when it caters to your own book! :D
There you have it! My announcement. Has anyone else just started over?