Sunday, April 18, 2010

Happy Monday!

I know, I only got through two days of my Hong Kong trip so far and I will finish them (promise), but the pictures are on another computer and if I wait to get my act together I might never post again. :)

In the meantime...

It's Monday morning after Spring Break. Back to work. Back to school. Back to life.

I like the week after vacation. I love that I had a little time off to think and relax (I rarely do that). Plus, I got my edits/edit letter this weekend for a YA project I'm working on. Yay! It's put me in a super good mood. Why, you ask? Well...

I'm not one of those peeps who thinks that every word I write is gold. Quite the contrary. I'm overly critical with my work and I can rarely see the good. It's frustrating. But what is more frustrating is that I have this idea of what I want the book to be/do/say and it takes me a long time to reach enough of that for me to be satisfied.

So when I sent this MS to MM I knew I'd have rewrite quite a lot on the next go-around.

We'd talked prior to my getting notes back about what I wanted with this novel. This is something that I really value about MM. It's not guaranteed in this industry that the edits requested will be focused with your vision in mind, in addition to what works and what's sellable.

So, wow, this revision letter...

I'm very excited. I've been thinking about the possibilities for a few days now and I can finally see the book.

For me, writing a book is sort of like having a dream. When the idea first percolates it's crystal clear, much like while you are asleep. The characters are amusing, the plot is great, the color is vivid and it's awesome!

But then you wake up. Or in my case, actually sit down to write. At that point it becomes a hazy mess. I can't remember anything! Everything seems jumbled and cut short. Not at all like it was when it was first conceptualized.

At some point, though, it clicks. It's as if you had the pieces there all along and they've been waiting for you to align them properly. Of course, that makes me want to thump my head against a desk because why didn't I see that in the first place?!

Who knows when that clicking happens. Sometimes it's fast. Sometimes it takes seven drafts (ugh!). Fortunately, I felt the click! (or at least I hope, ha!)

I'm going to attempt to hold onto this excitement for a few days. It never lasts very long. LOL

With all that said... It's 11am and I have yet to open the manuscript. I'm off to a stellar start!

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