Gloria Alden's latest publication is nonfiction. Boys Will Be Boys: The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys. Edited by Cher'ley Grogg was recently released and available on Amazon. Gloria wrote three essays and two poems in her chapter included in the book.
Congratulations to four of WWK’s bloggers whose books were released in the last two months. Look for Jim Jackson’s second Seamus McCree novel, Cabin Fever; Linda Rodriguez's new Skeet Bannion mystery, Every Hidden Fear; KM Rockwood's new Jesse Damon novel, Brothers in Crime; and Gloria Alden's third Catherine Jewell Mystery, Ladies of the Garden Club. All of the novels are available at bookstores in print and ebook.
Paula Gail Benson's short story "Confidence in the Family" is featured in the Mystery Times Ten 2013 anthology, which can be bought at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Times-2013-Linda-Browning/dp/0984203583/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1387240857&sr=8-2
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Trudging Through Revisions
I've grown very frustrated with the amount of time it's taking me to get through this round of revisions on my current WIP. It took me less than a year to write the first version of the story, and yet it's taken me over two years to get through the revisions; this round of them taking the largest chunk of that time.
Granted, there have been other things that have cropped up in my life that have added distractions I didn't have when I wrote the original. I've become engaged, and spent much of last year planning the wedding. I was invited to take part in a gallery showcase of photos taken around Alameda (where I live). And then there have been the trials and joys that come with daily life. But those aren't even the real issues keeping me from finishing this round of revisions.
The biggest problem is that I have to rewrite much of the story, which is making it very hard for me to keep my mind focused on where I'm going with it.
I recently got a copy of Scrivener and broke my book down into separate scenes within the software, thinking that would help make the revision process easier and quicker, but I'm beginning to feel that's not the case. I need to add a few scenes to make the story less procedural and give it more red herrings, so that readers won't know who the villain is halfway through the book (a suggestion that a critique partner gave me last year). Hers was a valid point, which is why I've been making the changes, but that also means that there are so many scenes I now have to decide whether to keep, revise, or simply toss.
Since this is the first full-length book I've ever finished, there's much I don't want to toss; this is my baby. And while I have no illusions that it's Pulitzer material, I'm quite proud of it. However, I also realize that there aren't many writers whose first attempts are free from tossable scenes. Heck, I'm sure Stephen King still tosses things out here and there. That's why some people have said we're not "writers," we're "revisers."
I've also heard of many writers who simply put their first attempt in a drawer somewhere and start on story #2, which usually winds up being much better. Maybe that's what I should do with this one. Part of me doesn't want to, but I'm feeling so stuck here in the mire that is Revision Land, that I am starting to wonder whether it would be the better choice. But I also don't want to give up on anything. Even if this book never makes it to the publication stage, I don't want to leave it sitting in some folder, unfinished. That just seems so disheartening.
So I'm asking for your guidance, dear readers. When is it time to throw in the towel? Is there a moment when you just KNOW that it's time to put the book away until some future version of you can come back to it and turn it into a masterpiece? Or should I keep trudging through until I've made all the necessary revisions?