Welcome back for yet another month of anxiety and insecurity. Doesn’t sound welcoming to you? Just wait. Along with the insecurities we have fantastical tales, coffee and chocolate. Better?
Our awesome co-hosts today are Stephen Tremp, Karen Walker, Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson!
My nervousness this month centers around revisions. My current WIP grew major legs at the end of my first draft, ballooning into potentially two additional books beyond my original plan. That alone is groan inducing, but recently my revisions have shifted again.
The voice of the main character is more YA than adult. Wow! Big shift. I love YA fantasy, but I never thought… I didn’t realize that’s what I was writing until now. Revisions are grand, aren’t they?
What is the biggest shift you’ve uncovered during your revision process?
Time for the predictable, non-shifting news. Why the laughter? Okay, okay–perhaps everything in the world is unpredictable. Whatever. Just enjoy this first snippet.
Why? Just why?
And in the duh move of the week:
This science news is so exciting. So many possibilities.
That’ll do it for a very tired me tonight. I hope to see you in seven.
Revising is amazing to me because I have found that anything can happen. I am still surprised, but it is interesting that characters can sprout, as can new scenes of even books. Good luck! 🙂
Anything can happen during revisions. Thanks for the well wishes!
Don’t you just love it when stories revise to behave or work? I’ve had my share of books that I’ve stashed away forever:)
I do love the shift a story can take once I tame it. Sometimes, like during this MS, the shift(s) take me by surprise, and I have to take a step back to wrap my head around them. But then… 🙂
The US presidential race is getting more bizarre and surreal every day. Good to know Karma was on duty for the drunken woman’s zoo adventure. Graphene is awesome! Makes me wish I could live another 100 years to see what they do with it. Revising is a double edged sword. I’ve chucked two half-finished ms’s over the years, realizing they didn’t “have legs.” Good luck! 🙂
The race is one thing, but underwear? That’s just pure capitalism–and craziness, mostly craziness. I wish I could also live to see what they come up with. Incredible. Thanks for the well wishes. Good luck on your revisions as well. I can’t wait to see how you finish BW. I’m also super intrigued by your newest bright and shiny. That setting is phenomenal.
I’m revising right now and I added another character with a subplot. I’m really enjoying seeing these changes. The draft was skimpy and was missing something. I once changed a book from adult to middle grade, so things happen.
I hope the new character and subplot continue to add what your book needed. I love it when a shift flushes out something that you know needed building. Adult to middle grade is a big shift, but you have to follow what the story wants. And my new WIP wants to be YA. 🙂
I guess only a drunken idiot would try to pet a tiger.
Cool that you can see beyond your current manuscript and that you discovered the real age of your main character. I think the biggest thing I ever discovered while writing was a very minor, unnamed character from one small scene needed to be a major influence in the rest of the book. (And he ended up being one of my favorite characters, so double bonus.)
Drunk always seems to go with these outrageous stories, doesn’t it?
A minor character becoming a major influence is quite the shift, but it sounds like he was a very welcome shift.