Round 3*

I now have 2/3 crits back for Mocha Nihilism, and while I am tempted to completely ignore them (not in the way you might think!) I will be a good girl and read through before launching into my massive reworking.

Because rework, I shall! I am so excited. I’m finally going to be one of those writers that hacks their MS up and rearranges it.

I’ve been reading Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell, and it’s really helped me to figure out how to make a work stronger. As it stands, Mocha Nihilism is a fun story, it’s a decent read – but it’s not as good as it could be. I feel like I am graduating from one level of ‘writer’ to another, because now I can see that if I rearrange things, if I up the ante, if I push the work harder, I can make it the best it can be. And then, I’ll be satisfied.

I’m aware that in part this is because I have more energy. The further away from that newborn stage I get, the more drive I have to work harder at my writing. I’m done with ‘good enough’, I’m done with settling, with being a lazy writer. The only way to grow, and learn, is to experiment and put new information into action.

I’m not going to wait until February to get on with this. I have a lot of new material to write – but I am going to have a much more in depth plan this time, and a lot of what I have can be re-used.

Exciting times, folks!

*you know, whenever I think ’round 3′ or 1, or 2 for that matter, the voice in my head is ALWAYS that from Mortal Kombat. And I think I might have mentioned this before… I feel like it’s been said. And then the mortal kombat music starts playing…ah those were the days…

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8 thoughts on “Round 3*

  1. I’m excited for you! You sound as if you know exactly what you’re doing. I envy your confidence.

    I often felt I was standing on my head with Brevity. My next book will have a straight-forward structure, which I hope will give me more confidence.

    1. I hope so too, Linda! Simple structure does make it easy. It really helped me going through that book, and using the ideas to help me structure MN in a better way – I think I was being lazy, not ramping the stakes up high enough, not committing my character to her choices as much as I could have. I missed a lot of potential and am really looking forward to correcting that.

      I guess you just have to really be clear on what kind of story you want to tell. Even with my second draft, I knew it was lacking something. Now that I know what, I can fix it.

  2. Good to see you with your enthusiasm back 😀 I should probably start looking at writing books again. When I last did (about decade ago) I didn’t get much out of them, but I have a feeling that now my writing’s a lot more developed I might (or I might just have been reading the wrong books).

    1. You know, I looked at some just a few years ago and even then I didn’t get much from them – I think perhaps you have to hit a certain stage before you can really make the most of a lot of the information. Worth another look though!

  3. Yes, I love hearing your resolve! honestly, it’s infectious, and exactly what I needed to see when I got up this morning. I feel that I’m getting my second wind too, and am very eager to get back to crafting a better story!
    ps,
    I know EXACTLY what you mean! I totally hear the “round 1…fight!” voice in my head!

  4. I can’t think of Mortal Kombat without the “FATALITY” audio running through my mind. That’s distracting enough, but contemplating it whilst editing would put me on the fast track to a complete nervous breakdown…

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