Wednesday, February 5, 2014

IWSG--Did I Accomplish Anything This Week?

It seems I've been a bit negative lately. Posting about sick kids all month, snow storms that shut down the whole town, messy house because of the other things, etc. Well, today I want to stop that and try to be more positive for IWSG.

The truth is that January was a really good writing month for me. Maybe that's the silver lining in this flu season? Some of you may remember that my goal for January was to finish the two rough draft WIPs I had going. On January 11th I finished my science fantasy Search for Knowledge, the sequel to THE MAGIC WAKES. I even wrote an entire post about my relief that reads like an IWSG post all on it's own.

I immediately jumped into my YA fantasy. For the first two weeks I wrote like crazy. My muse was on it! It helped that I had a few scenes that I had cut years ago that I could rewrite to fit in with my new plot details. (Wonder if I'll end up cutting them later!?) Then last week, my manic writing energy waned. Meaning I returned to sitting for hours at the computer in order to squeeze out a few hundred words.

Why, why, why does my mind insist on going back to edit before the story is finished?

I keep telling myself I'm not allowed. But I can't help but think that if I fix all the beginning parts before writing the last five or six scenes, then maybe I won't have to completely rewrite those last scenes later. OR maybe they'll just be easier to write in the first place?

Well, I'm happy to report that I forced myself to sit down on Friday and sketch out most of the scenes to reach THE END of Fade Into Me. It's a crappy ending. As in total TRAIN WRECK!


You're waiting for the positive upswing, right?

I already know how to fix it! Yep. I put it away and thought about the ending all weekend, worried and stewed. Until finally, last night as I was drifting off to sleep, the solution came to me. You see, with the time constraint I took the easy road to connect the dots. Now all I have to do is remove one dot and add a few more to add detail to the story, keep a couple of characters in a bit longer and reach a more realistic resolution.

I've written my thoughts down because it will have to wait just a little bit. Why? Because Talia has been whispering in my ear the entire time I tried to write Ryanne's story. They are both very assertive in their own ways. In fact, I want to work on both stories at the same time, but I know from past experience that will never work. Well, it would, but it would take all year!

However, my mind keeps bouncing back and forth as to which one I should work on first.

One minute I think, "Work on FIM first. You need to let SFK sit a little longer before you start revisions."

Then it's, "No one is waiting for FIM. People are waiting for the next installment of Talia's story."

"If you don't make the changes to FIM now, who knows when you'll get to it? You know this could be THE ONE that gets you an agent (don't you like how part of your brain is always trying to label a WIP "the one"?). Take your time. Make it good, no matter how far back it pushes the publication date for SFK."

"It's already been a year since my first book in the Sendek series was released! You know it will take 8-9 months to go through the entire editing process, and WiDo gets busier every day. They may already be full for 2015 for all you know! Get them something so you can get in line."

"Well, if they are full for 2015 you might as well calm down. Just go through your process. Chill."

"But people will forget about me and Talia if I don't get something new out there!"

Yeah, that insecure voice is really loud. She's always jumping up and down and yelling frantically, which makes it hard to concentrate on anything else. Or to keep this post positive!

Last week I had the first page of FIM up for critique on Unicorn Bell. And I put the first 3 pages of SFK on my website. If you have time, check them out, comment and then come back here to vote on the question below.
Fade Into Me
Search For Knowledge

So, what do you think I should I work on?

  1. Fade Into Me
  2. Search For Knowledge
  3. Can't you find a way to do both? I mean, you are superwoman and all that.
Vote in the comments!

Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. I'm currently #121.