I started this blog weeks ago, and could not, for the life of me think of a good enough topic to write about. But as I continue to write this book I am currently writing, one topic keeps coming to mind:
I am forever rewriting this book. Don’t get me wrong, rewriting is fun… but seriously exhausting. The last English course I took was when I was attending community college almost ten years ago. I know the basics, you know, where the place commas and so on, but when I’m in the zone, I just write, without even thinking about it. And let me tell you, it’s not so often these days, being a mama, that I’m able to really get ‘in the zone’. I am currently keeping one eye on my keyboard, and the other on my (very busy) one and a half year old as she runs around the apartment wreaking havoc, both dreading the clean-up and looking forward to her nap.
So anyway, I can honestly say that I have reread this book approximately fifty times…and counting. And every time I find myself thinking, “I have a better way of saying that.” So I either revise, or completely cut the entire chapter.
Why am I writing when I have absolutely no clue about this industry? Well my answer would be; why not? I love reading, always have, especially the YA Paranormal Romance and Fantasy genre. I must have read hundreds ,if not thousands (I may or not be exaggerating) of books in my twenty-eight years of life. I’m someone who, as soon as she finishes reading a book, has to find the next adventure to immerse herself in. Some may say, “well what is she trying to escape from?’
Oh, come on. I love my life. I love my family. I love being outside in the magnificent sun, marveling at the creations of God. And I also love reading the creations that other’s like me, envision. We have imaginations for a reason. And we have passions for a reason. Mine is reading, writing, and entertainment. I’m an artist, you see. I love creating, and sharing those creations with others. Whether that be a character on stage, or a character on paper.
I apologize by the way for my scattered brain and inability to stick to the main topic. Yes, I’m human.
Thank the Lord for nap time!
SO, back to the topic at hand; Rewriting. Rewriting is a necessary process. If I were to have submitted my manuscript after I initially finished my last chapter, it would have been very naive of me to believe I could get an agent or publisher. Because I would be sending in a very rough draft. When I get an idea, I just write it down so I don’t forget it. But later, I may have an even better idea that makes way more sense and actually works. And the process goes on and on until It’s great. I won’t settle for the first idea that pops in my head. One thought constantly pops up; am I ever going to finish this book? I’m at 439 pages and I think if, God willing, I do get an agent and publisher, they may just ask to split it into two books.
I’ll be honest, there is a part of me that doesn’t really want to finish this book. The characters become real when you spend so much time creating them. I know these characters as if they were real. I know their backgrounds, their personalities, likes, dislikes, fears, joys and sorrows. And although my intentions are to write a series, the process of making sure they reach their end goals and successfully grow as characters, is a long one.
Writing is hard work, guys. It’s really something you have to be dedicated to, and I think, maybe even be a tad bit crazy. When I’m not writing, I’m people watching, noting the environment around me, how the light touches trees, hair, eyes, the ground. The way sound bounces off surfaces. I’m observing expressions and mannerisms. Researching, and researching. It’s hard, and yet, so so fun.
“You can make anything by writing.”
― C.S. Lewis
“The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.”
― Ernest Hemingway