You're talking to a woman who taught someone to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on me AS I was literally dying from complete lack of oxygen and passing out. I. Do. Not. Give. Up. If this was the Middle Ages, that would be my family motto.
Now granted having a book plot not working out for me is a bit less dire than nearly dying.
I might set the subject book aside for a while and work on something else that my Muse was more seduced by or interested in....there's no telling how long I might wait to go back to said nonworking book...
So in 2010 I got fired up that now was the time to work seriously toward being published. I was inspired by the books of Cynthia Eden and Nalini Singh, as well as Andre Norton's Witch World, and had this idea for a PNR novel. I wrote it in a hot burst of wild creativity where the flow takes you and time stops. I thought it was THE best thing I'd ever written, I had sequels lined up in my head (still do). My beta reader, who was a published author, asked me if I was serious about being published. I said yes. She ripped it to SHREDS, people. (But I needed that. No worries.) For about a week, in shock, I said this was it, I was never writing again. I had ALL the problems - too much telling, not enough showing. Lack of stage business for my people to do while talking. A heroine who had no agency. Some dubious consent issues. Omniscient POV. Head hopping. Use of dialog tags other than "said"....well, the list goes on, all the classic newbie stuff.
I did do a massive rewrite on the manuscript, last year, I think, or maybe in 2014, and tried to address all the concerns the beta reader and editor had brought up originally. I applied my new toolbox of author craft and learning....massive comments back from the freelance editor and as I mentioned, the statement they never wanted to see it again. (This is my regular editor, by the way, so they're usually very cool with my books.)
SOME DAY I will bring this book and these characters I love up to the line and it will get released. But to do that I'm going to have basically start over from the first word, let go of some of my favorite parts of the novel, probably change all the names....but Kyle and Caitlyn and my Muse know I will find the magic that brings their world alive in the same way I write ancient Egypt and the far future in my other two series.
And then we will celebrate!
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Book Not Working? I Never Give up!
Posted by Veronica Scott
Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything.