Last week, I posted about Epiphanies While Editing. Little did I know that the biggest epiphany was yet to come.
First, let me say that I adore the two agents who responded to my query and partial submissions with specific comments. They were right to reject my YA novel and gave helpful feedback. Which I then started mulling over and over and over.
At the same time, I was working through revisions of my novel using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system and noted some issues as I went along. I started mulling those over and over and over.
All of that mulling led to an AHA! moment worthy of one of these:
I need to rewrite this whole thing in a different POV!
Now this is no small realization because I have more than one POV, and I’m switching viewpoints. As such, I will be deleting some scenes, merging a couple of characters, rewriting scenes to work crucial information into the plot through other characters and means, etc.
I was immediately certain this could solve some problems and make the novel way better, but I confess to feeling less than ecstatic about this particular epiphany. Instead, I jumped on Facebook and whined a little.
In response, I received an outpouring of sympathy, encouragement, and enthusiasm from fellow writers. I encourage every writer to find a group of fellow writers, whether face-to-face or online, who can give perspective and support when you need it. In turn, be that kind of person to others. This is one of the big benefits of ROW80 as well–the community that it builds.
And after the wonderful words and wisdom from others, I began tackling the daunting task of rewriting a story I really like in hopes that readers will someday like it too. What else is going on? Well, here’s my ROW80 update:
- Cheer on the ROW80 participants. I am so sorry! I did not get to this one, and there is no good reason why.
- Revise SHARING HUNTER MILLS, my young adult contemporary novel, using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS program. Yeah, well. I did this. Then I stopped. Because hey, I’m rewriting it now!
- Exercise at least twice each week. I felt under the weather early in the week, then in a funk the last half of the week. But no excuses! I blew it on this one. *kicking self*
Submit a query for SHARING HUNTER.As Gilda Radner’s Emily Litella would say, “Never mind.”
- Read at least 50 pages of current craft book. Nope. Read one more chapter of Wired for Story.
Added last week:
- I want to keep fresh with writing, so I plan to work on writing a short story. I did work on the story some, but not as much as I had hoped.
- Write and present interview questions for three guests who will be stopping by my blog this fall. I wrote interview questions for two guests, and I still owe the third her set. I’m excited to have a few friends join me for my High School Halls blog series.
We have only a few days left of this round! How is everyone doing with ROW80, your writing goals, or life in general? If you want to cheer on my fellow ROWers, click HERE.