(Don’t you just love when I make up words for my titles?) Ah, the trials and tribulations of writing a series! Who knew?
Well, likely everyone who’s ever attempted the feat. And now me.
First of Her Kind took a long time to write. Long. Okay, only… six years? Which is longer than some, not as long as others. Mainly because of my recurring rewriteritess which wouldn’t allow me to move beyond the first handful of chapters. I would write. Rewrite. Write. Rewrite. Rehash. Reword. You get the idea. Until I finally convinced myself that I either just needed to quit, or to muscle through to the end, get the story out of my head, and THEN and ONLY THEN go back and fix everything that would need fixing. That was hard. But, quitting wasn’t an option.
Emergence went better and quicker. Done in about a year. From the comments I’ve gotten from readers it’s even better than FOHK. That was my goal. I knew the story. Knew how it had to play out. It flowed onto the virtual paper like spilled milk. Or maybe more like spilled molasses. Point is, it went well.
Edge of Darkness…is fighting me. In a big way. I have this internal pressure thing going on. No, not gas. Who said that? *glares around room* My monkeys are bored. They would love to get out and wreak havoc again.
Anyhow, the need to make EoD even better than the first two books is causing my rewriteritess to flare up in a major way. Along with a healthy dose of self-doubt and questioning. I’ve written three chapters and stalled because I’m wondering if that’s where I should start the story. If what I’m telling in those chapters is self-indulgent, or critical to the tale. Then I have nearly 30k of miscellaneous scenes written that may or may not ever wind up in the finished manuscript. Don’t even get me started on which characters from Emergence should play a part in EoD and what that part should be. I second-guess EV-ER-EE-THING because I don’t want to succumb to what I term the Star Wars Thing–the reason I’ve only watched the original three Star Wars movies is because after the first prequel, I felt like George Lucas had just rehashed the previous plots. Then, some of the new characters…*shudders* and the bad acting…I don’t want to do that.
And all the while, the voice in my head (that little man sitting on his stool keeping things organized as best he can amidst the chaos) is pulling out his hair and screaming at me, “It’s just the first draft, moron! Get the words down. Get the story out. Carve the deadwood off later. Be self-indulgent. Be silly. WRITE CRAP. That’s what the first draft is all about. THAT is what the first draft is for.”
*head, desk, repeat*
Because, ultimately, I know how EoD ends. I know some of what needs to happen in the middle. I think part of the problem is that it’s doing a Darth Vader on me. (I know, heavy on the Star Wars references today. Deal with it.) If you pay attention to Darth Vader you’ll notice that in the first, original Star Wars he was *shrug* meh. I mean, yeah, evil and all…but a bit like milk toast gone bad. Over the course of the next two movies, he gets physically broader, his voice gets deeper, he leans more into his role–at least, I always felt so. EoD wants to get darker; wants to lean into it and put one character in particular through major amounts of hell, and I admit, I’m feeling a bit timid because…well…*makes face*
What I need to do is scrub my brain, crack my knuckles, and just write the damn story how it wants to be written because ultimately, you can’t edit what ain’t on the page. Right?
So now that the diatribe is over, it’s WIPpet time! I’m doing a little crazy WIPpet math today. From what is currently page 5 (for the month of May) of Edge of Darkness I give you 4 sentences (um…the date without the 1). So, herein follows a conversation between Ciara and Andrakaos. He has just informed her of something in a roundabout way, as if it was no big deal, but it is, and Ciara is not pleased.
“From now on, if you’re worried about someone or something, I’d appreciate it if you tell me.”
I should not have to tell you anything. We are one.
“In that case, I shouldn’t have to tell you what I’m thinking right now.”
And, because I’ve been a bit remiss in explaining what WIPpet Wednesday is all about, and because there is occasional curiosity, here’s a blurb: The rules (more like guidelines, really) are simple: Every Wednesday (or on whatever Wednesday(s) during the month you chose to do so) post something from a current WIP, and share the link. The only stipulation is that your post coincides with the date in some fashion. For instance, today is the 14th of May. If you were posting today, you could post 14 words/lines/paragraphs, something from page 14, the 14th chapter. . . or you could go to page 5 for May, and give us 14 something. Go to page 14 and give us 5 something. Or do crazy and creative WIPpet date math to give us whatever fits. You get the idea, right? Feel free to play along. It’s all about sharing our WIPs, blog-hopping, and building up a great community of writers and readers. Grab the InLinkz thingy from the sidebar and add your link. Easy-peasy.
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