Goodness, we’re a little more than halfway through A Year In The Life. Where does the time go?
Well, in the past two weeks, it’s gone to 1. jetlag, 2. a Bruce Springsteen concert (yes, this is relevant to the post), and 3. agonizing revisions. We’ll start with that last…
Writing: I’m working on a novel for my nephew. It’s the second one, after the first was a GREAT hit. This kind of puts the pressure on, and I’ve been working on this all month. Well, you know. In between vacationing and jet lag and The Boss, but anyway.
The thing is that, as discussed in my *last* YitL post, something felt Wrong about it. Two weeks ago I’d struck out about a thousand words and thought I was happier with it, but when I came back to it I was still unhappy with the pacing. The first book’s pacing was dead on, and I want to emulate it as best I can, but this one was drrrrraaaaggggggging. I kept writing, because I couldn’t figure out what exactly was wrong. I reached 12,000 words on the book.
And then I realized that not only had I given a character too much background (as was struck out last time), but also I had basically complicated the motivations for the main character too much. There was a simpler way to get him into the position he needed to be in, and that would take care of the pacing problems I was sensing.
So I threw out another 5000 words and replaced them with about 400 that did the same job in a different, superior way.
Yeah. 12K into the book and I threw half of it out already. That’s really kind of depressing. *Less* depressing, mind you, than getting 35K or 70K in and having to throw half of *that* out, but still depressing. OTOH, I think I’ve finally actually fixed the pacing problems. I’ve certainly improved them, if not fixed.
Work That Isn’t Writing: Quite a bit, but aggravatingly, much of it is not stuff I can talk about. This is actually the problem I’m discovering with this series: there are aspects of the job that for professional or (essentially) political reasons I can’t talk about in public.
But in terms of work that isn’t writing that relates to the Springsteen concert–my husband is an idea machine, and one of the songs gave him a *wonderful* idea for a military space opera series. Like, cool enough to pitch to my agent, not that I’m exactly known for military SF. Still, it would be SO MUCH FUN to write!
Oh, speaking of pitches, I’m curious. Conventional wisdom among editors seems to be that Vampires Are Over. Now, I’ve been hearing that for at least half a decade now, so I’m curious, MWers: are you as readers over vampires?
And hey, because I just got it, a cover reveal! Be the first to see the cover for MOUNTAIN ECHOES, the penultimate book of the Walker Papers!
*does a dance*!
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