I’d meant to really get started on my current book a week ago Monday, but with one thing and another it’s really only getting underway today. All I’ve managed in the last week is revising the 2.5 chapters I’d written as a proposal for this book.
Now, this is the fourth book in the Walker Papers series, and I wrote the proposal for it just a smidge under two years ago. Since then, I’ve written *well* over half a million words in five books and two major revisions. Going back is…somewhat painful. Not going back to Joanne, whose style of speech is easy to write, but going back to a proposal that I was (more than) a little brain-dead when I wrote in the first place, and which involves a character who’s grown up a lot more in the last two years since I’ve written her than she had in the couple weeks (at most) between finishing COYOTE DREAMS and writing this proposal.
I’d figured the break after COYOTE was as good a time as any to stop writing Jo for a while, ’cause there’s a certain amount of resolution to the end of book 3, and it would give me time to do something else and stretch my wings a bit, but I had *no idea* how good it would be for the character to give her some time to mature.
The problem with this, of course, is it means totally rewriting most of these first three chapters. I’ve gone over the first chapter more times than I can count now, tightening, editing, polishing–cat-waxing, perhaps, but on the other hand, it’s been *so long* since I’ve written her that I feel that doing this is good for me–and the second chapter did…all the wrong things, really. It always did (which is why it’s a 2.5 chapter proposal instead of a proper 3 chapter proposal), or at least mostly: the first scene in it is good, and the last sentence is good. The rest of it had to go, and the last sentence became a mid-chapter scene break or punctuation point instead of the end of the chapter. And the third chapter, well, pfft. All wrong. Out the window. Except the scene that’s good, of course, which ended up finishing the second chapter and leaving me with somewhere, I hope, to start with chapter three.
With this stuff resolved I’m hoping for a couple weeks of incredibly high wordcount; this is a 110K book due in mid-July, and I’m going to be busting my brain to get it done. Probably the next six weeks of blogging here for me will be more letters from the battlefield, just me and the headspace I’m in right at that moment while writing a book. I hope somebody’ll get something out of it. 🙂