A New Approach

At least, I think it’s new. Perhaps I had these intentions when I originally received the critique from my brother, but my addled brain can’t remember. But I know I didn’t act on it!

So, I mentioned on here that late last summer I got stuck, stuck, stuck at 40k words on FRACTURED RADIANCE and shipped the manuscript off to my brother for some help. And he was awesome and read (almost) the whole thing. (He’s getting his PhD and has three kids, so I was grateful for whatever I could get! Plus, the last few chapters he didn’t get to might ultimately get cut.)

Well, there was a lot to critique on. Which left me with a lot of edits.

At first I thought, “Okay, cool, now I can write my ending with all of this in mind.”

But guess what! It doesn’t work that way. At least, not for me. And not with these edits. Because some of these are huge and will color how the book ends. So, I’m going through the book scene by scene and entering in these edits (along with a few from my former writing group*). This is resulting in quite a lot of rewriting.

Guess what again! While it feels like a lot of work (and certainly it is), it’ll be less in the long run (hopefully) because my ending will be better (hopefully).

It’s pretty slow-going, but that’s okay in a way. Because I spent so much time away from this manuscript, I started feeling not-so-excited about it. But reading it has resparked** my excitement.

Have you ever taken this approach with a book before? Are you an edit-as-you-go sort of writer, or the get-it-out-as-fast-as-you-can-and-you’ll-go-through-all-that-editing-crap-later type?

*I miss them! sniff sniff

**that’s a word, right?***

***not according to WordPress

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

3 thoughts on “A New Approach

  1. I’m kind of in the same boat–I have an R&R for Spirits that I’m starting. I’ll be addressing the agent’s concerns (of course) but also did a lot of thinking while I worked on Crow’s Rest. Like, there have been more books in the vein of Spirits released in the last few years, so I’m going to have to work harder to make mine stand out. And, because it was my first book, I’d tried to cram so many subplots in there. Now that I’ve written CR and it’s a very tight plotline, I see how much better that is. So yes–much work ahead!

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