Day of truth!
After finishing up the first draft in March, I set the crime novel aside for a few weeks to revise another project (again) and send it out to a third batch of agents. It’s getting to the point with the Lilies novel where I’m starting to get ambivalent about selling it. There are some things I continue to love about that book, but time naturally changes my perspective. I see all the things I would have done differently. And, of course, the mind races on to new and better things.
Today, howev, I’m finally free to sit down with a giant mug of green tea and read through the crime novel. It’s going to be hard to resist the temptation to line edit, but I want this first read to be quick. Just a pad of paper and the internal note system in Word to jot down all the big changes.
I’ve been trying to work on a 3 draft system: First draft is rough, second draft is for major plot/character changes, third draft is for language.
Still negotiating the tradeoff between efficiency and quality. Great writing is incredibly important, but I can’t afford to take five years for each book either. Life is way too quick for that.
Anywho. The tea is brewed and the words await.
… Wish I felt less like crap. Couldn’t fall asleep until after 4am this morning, and woke up with a jolt at 9. It’s a long story, but I’m pretty sure it’s my BCP acting up. I’ve never looked forward to a dr’s appointment before, but this year’s check up can’t come soon enough. I have some questions that want answering.
In the mean time, we do what we’ve always done: write and feel a mood boost simply because the sky is blue today.