I’m so glad you dropped in to see what’s up. I hate to inform you that this week will probably be another down week for me. You see, I’ve written 3 versions of the same novel…one for me, one for the publisher, one with the publisher’s comments and edits, and now I’m working on #4…a melding of the previous three.
I understood and agree with many points the publisher pointed out to me and I am gladly working on them. They were correct on many aspects of the novel and I respect and admire their keen eyes and editing sense. However, there are aspects about my novel that I must keep for my novel to remain mine. There are hints of things to come in books two and especially book three in the saga. If I take them out, then those events don’t hold as much weight. They don’t pack a punch, and it won’t be the story I want to tell.
I had a discussion with the publisher the other day and they are a little hesitant about my decision to leave in a certain aspect that I have to have in the trilogy. they are, however, still interested in seeing the final result.
The melding it, the bringing all 4 versions together has been more difficult that I thought. Scenes, once ‘acted’ out by other characters, have been relegated to only two points of view. Scenes that weren’t there at all in any of the versions have been written. Conflicts once suffered by others are now experienced by someone else. I have to admit, the writing is better, the story is better, but the outlining of 3 novels into one has been a chore to say the least. The first novel was outlined to a certain extent. I knew what I wanted to happen in each chapter and to whom, but now that many character POVs are gone, those scenes now have to go away all together or placed elsewhere with someone else.
That means this week will be another down week for me on my blog. I will try to pop in here and there to say hello. I’m definitely still popping in on all your blogs to say hi and keep informed of the latest news and developments.
Oh, just to let you know…in my down time I’ve been engrossed in Cassandra Clare’s Immortal Instruments series: City of Bone, City of Ash and City of Glass. If you haven’t picked these up, you must. A lot of folks think she’s a bit heavy on the description. To me, it’s just the right amount, and her characterizations are fantastic and well thought out. If you’re looking for faeries, werewolves, vampires, dead, silent, mind-speaking ghoulish things called the Silent Brothers, all wrapped up in an urban fantasy that takes place in NY, you’ve opened the right book. It’s sexy, fun and definitely an adventure.
Till next time,
Stay healthy, happy and keep sweet.