stephaniecain
29 August 2009 @ 07:50 pm
*cue hysterical laughter*

Sometimes it seems like I'll do anything to avoid writing, whether subconsciously or not. For the past few weeks I've been on a crusade against dust kitties and unused junk in the house. A couple of weeks ago I got a new Dirt Devil vacuum and have been cleaning with a vengeance ever since. I've discovered that with the new HEPA filters in vacuums, I can clean without stirring up too many allergies. So I've turned the Room of Doom (aka Merlin's room) into something that is once more usable and mostly tidy. I've rearranged my desk to make it easier to keep organized and to streamline my work-flow. I've finally taken the Harry Potter books out of my primary bookshelf and replaced them with criminology books and non-fiction accounts of the FBI's behavioral analysis program.

But have I done any actual writing?

Well, of course not.

I haven't even made any in-roads on revising the novel that I want to submit 50 pages of for the Writers Digest Editors' Intensive in October. I haven't even looked at it.

I have managed to make a scene-by-scene chart of the book I'm co-writing with [livejournal.com profile] buggybrowneyes, but since she's still rereading it so we can finish it in September (yes, JD, you saw that right, finished by the time you get here, no excuses!) that's about all I can do on that.

So why isn't Shaper getting revised in the meantime?

*sigh* I have no idea. I LOVE writing. I love the process. I love discovering what the characters are going to do next. I usually even enjoy revising. But maybe since I'm revising the first novel that was written with an outline and a plan, I'm having trouble for some reason. Holly Lisle's One-Pass Manuscript Revision isn't working for me. It's too much to keep in my head all at once. I think I need to do a character-and-plot revision, then go back through for a spelling-grammar-and-word-choice revision. Two-Pass Manuscript Revision?

I promised [livejournal.com profile] astraea36 that I would get to work on it this weekend. Okay, back at the beginning of the year I promised her I would have it done by our trip to Vegas. But she forgave me for missing that deadline. I'm not sure how many more deadlines she should forgive, though. I need someone to be strict with me, and at the moment I'm failing at being strict with myself.

Instead, today I leveled my rogue twice in Warcraft. Yeah, that's productive. *sigh*
 
 
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stephaniecain
24 January 2008 @ 07:55 am
I'm in crisis over TLF. It is such a bloody mess right now. Last week I was trying to work out plotting on it and stuff, because I've decided to go back in time from where I started the last draft, and I think it needs to be two books, actually, rather than one, and...well, frankly, it's a MESS. When I started writing this novel, EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, it was a story about Bria. Now the main characters of the first novel are Brandon and Justin, and Bria is really going to be only an off-screen character until Book Two.

*tears hair*

So at this point, I'm going to go back to work revising FTGGI (and retitling it) and getting it ready to submit somewhere by the end of February. (This is the novel that didn't make it to the ABNA semi-finals.) I have fantastic notes from [livejournal.com profile] slightlyjillian and [livejournal.com profile] krycek_chick for revision, so it's a matter of knuckling down to work on it.

I hate that I keep putting off work on TLF, but as much as I love my other novels, TLF is the one closest to my heart, with characters I care most about. I made a huge mistake in trying to work on it for NaNo this past year, and until I work out the plotlines I want to braid together, and the ones I need to winnow out, I'm not going to be able to do it justice.


So these are my goals:
  • Submit "Trade All My Tomorrows" to a professional-rate market by Feb 1.

  • Complete a first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] castlewriters Winter Challenge story by Feb 29.

  • Submit FTGGI to either an agent or a publisher by March 1.

  • Commit to working on TLF daily come March 1.

 
 
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