I started out today with mixed feelings. I attempted NaNoWriMo last year but got sidetracked by an editorial request.
This year I’ve taken a slightly different tack. I have a manuscript that needs editing, one that’s been bugging me for a little while now. This is another manuscript that finalled in the Clendon Award.
One Hour To Midnight.
So yesterday, I sorted it out, and decided that this year I’d spend the month of November polishing and rewriting. Large chunks need rewriting as my heroine morphs from a victim to a take no prisoners modern woman, ten years in the making as this quote shows.
“I knew returning here would be difficult, but surely never this hard. And the sooner naïve, gullible Ricki Langdon dies the better. From here on out, pragmatic, sensible, take no bullshit Veronica, is firmly in charge.”
A metamorphosis like this takes a lot of work, probably more work than writing a new book. And the whole time I’m keeping Mary-Therese Hussey’s critique in mind as I write.
Mary-Therese is executive editor of Harlequin Enterprises and judge of the Clendon. She said two of my characters were not integrated in the story and the hero did no interact with his son enough to satisfy. Easy things to fix? No, there’s major work involved.
So at the end of the first day I’ve managed 2800 words on this project…and more importantly I like what I’ve acheived.
Published on Thursday, November 1st, 2012, under Latest News