This is my novel manuscript so far. Today at lunch I sat down to start to rewrite it from the third person perspective. I didn’t even make it through the first two pages and decided that was just nuts. I like it like it is. I like my character’s first person voice. I’m not rewriting it.
Tonight I started editing it instead. Like riding a bicycle, marking with a red pen came right back to my inner English teacher self. It’s been a month since I really worked on it so now it’s like reading someone ELSE’s writing, which is pretty cool.
That was one of Stephen King’s suggestions in On Writing. Let it sit, then read through as much as you can of your work in one sitting and with that distance from it, it will be like reading someone else’s work. He is totally right. Well of course he is, he’s Stephen King, duh.
It’s easier to be critical of someone else’s work and let the red ink flow. Sort of like grading one giant paper. But a lot more fun. With no pesky teenagers to interfere.
At the last ORA (Ozarks Romance Authors) meeting a published author showed us her editor’s change requests letters for two of her novels. One had only about twenty changes. The other had over a hundred and twenty. I decided to try that with my own novel so I’m making notes with page numbers and notations in a spiral notebook as I go so I can go back and fix/add in the big stuff when I get through the whole manuscript.
Then when I have it as good as I can get it, I’ll let a couple of people read it. Probably my two paranormal romance loving friends Dawn and Carla. After that, if I have the 75,000 words I need, I’ll pitch it to Harlequin. I know, I know Harlequin sounds cheesy but if you haven’t read a Harlequin romance lately, you don’t know what you are missing.
Mine won’t have a secret baby, or a Sheik so no worries there.
They have a line called Nocturne specifically for paranormal romance and they have some very noteworthy and respected authors. Seriously, you should check it out. It’s not your mother’s serial romance anymore.
I still think I can make it into a series if I can get away with doing the next book from one of the OTHER character’s perspective, first person or third, I still haven’t decided. That may be a big writing no no but I’ve made this bed and now I’m going to lie in it.
Speaking of bed … time for some zzzzzzzzzzzzs.