Sunday, August 18, 2013

weird day

WHEN you are working on a novel that is under contract, you don't anticipate gobs of misery, but I think that's only the case if the novel is complete when the contract is signed.  My book was not finished.  I had an idea and fifty pages.  That's it.

So, I am working very hard.  I am seriously on my fiftieth rewrite.  The funny thing is that when I go back and look at versions from 2010, the book doesn't seem to have changed.  It's completely different, the words and the order in which things happen, but everything else is the same: the characters and the plot.  Writers always say the soul of a book is in the first draft, and that's definitely the case with my novel.

I am currently trying not to write, trying to only think about one character and take some time away from the book at large, but it's difficult.  Starting August 26th, I will begin reading from page 1 and I hope that I LOVE it.  I hope that things fall into place effortlessly.

I had to take this break from the book to see the forest for the trees, but also: when I am away from my characters, I really miss them, and it makes spending time together even more rewarding.

That's a lot of kisses!

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