Hallo, fellow writers!
How are the holidays coming along for you? Have you slacked off on your writing to spend time with friends and family? (if so, I applaud you – time spent with family/friends is never wasted, in my opinion) Have you incorporated a few sneaky pieces of Christmas-y goodness into your writing? (or written an entire piece of Christmas fan-fiction, like me?) Even if you haven’t stopped writing yet, I want you to pause for a second, sit back, and let all that holiday atmosphere soak right through you. (in case you’re interested, I wrote an entire post about that atmosphere over on my main blog) You’ll feel twice the energy and invigoration once you do so. I promise.
So, about that random stuff I promised you…
Project Remembrance is going well, for the most part, but I basically wrote 35,000 words of junk during NaNo, so I’ve decided that before I write anything more, I’m going to back away and edit what I’ve got so far. It mainly involves plot stuff and deleting scenes – whenever I got bored, I’d write a new scene from another character’s POV, and it got spoilery really quickly, so I’m dumping all those scenes in another file for later reference/use. At the moment, I’m planning to write PR from three different POVs (alá Lynn Austin) and once I actually figure out their characters, I’ll do a post about them. All I know about them right now is that it’s two girls and a guy and that could change too. But I don’t really mind all that much, for two reasons.
Firstly, I’ve had a little practice with editing lately. You know all those times I moaned about how much I hated editing? Well, the funny thing is that I hadn’t actually, really, truly (ugh, someone should edit out all those adverbs) edited anything. Oh, I had tweaked a word here and changed a sentence there, but I hadn’t done anything like re-write whole chunks and change plot points and improve characterization. I think it was partly ‘fear of the unknown’ that had me kicking and screaming about the whole editing/revising process. Enter Combat! fan-fiction. And this awesome beta-reader. See, I’d written a piece of C! fic about my favorite character and I knew it wasn’t perfect (by any stretch of the imagination) but I didn’t really know how to go about editing it. So I sent it off to Hamlette (or ‘White Queen’, as she’s known by fellow Combat! fans) and she gave me a really great critique. Of course, my writer’s ego took a little bruising here and there (as I’m sure every writer’s ego has during a thorough beta) but I rebounded and my story is all the better for it. AND it should me that editing was not A Beast To Be Feared, but an essential and not-so-scary part of writing.
The second reason is that I honestly think Project Remembrance could be The. Book. The one that *gasp* actually gets published. At first, I thought it would be the Vengeance Is Mine trilogy, but that’s going to need the biggest overhaul in the history of ever, so I really don’t think I’ll be getting to it any time soon. Betrayal could also potentially be The One, but for now, I’m focusing on PR. I have a really good feeling about where it could take me.