For everyone that reads the blog, I’m sorry for the lapse. I’ve been struggling through the beginning of my current WIP, and I just couldn’t bring myself to blog while I’m trying to clean up the mess that I have so conveniently created.
FYI – my WIP is still a mess, but I just can’t look at it anymore tonight.
I have a big problem with, well, problems. My novels tend to start out very problem-heavy, and I slowly snip away at all of the extra, unneeded problems over the editing period. However, this can take quite a while (three years on my last novel), so I’m determined to try to nip this whole problem thing in the bud before I get too far.
Unfortunately, “nipping it in the bud” basically meant that I wrote the first few chapters of four different versions of the same novel. The characters and the theme are practically the same; I’ve just toyed around with the plot of the novel. And after all of my tinkering, I’m still not sure if I’ve got something that’ll work. I was able to chisel down all of the problems to one major one and a few minor ones while still keeping the characters that I originally envisioned, but then again, my writing always looks good around 11:00 at night.
I’ll sleep on it tonight, and take a look at it again tomorrow. If I still feel good about it, I’ll write a few more chapters and send it to the critique group for their opinion. If they give it a thumbs up, I’ll sent it to my agent to get her say.
And if there are any editors out there that are looking for a novel dealing with drug use, sex, prostitution, mental illness, and child abuse, let me know. I’ve got the perfect novel for you.