Tuesday, March 13, 2012
And what better way to ignore the fact that I've got a manuscript out in the world? Work on another one. As I've mentioned before I've decided to go back to Midnight Raynne. I love the story and the world I created with that manuscript. It brings about a whole new round of mood swings, though. Is it the right manuscript to be working on or not? Should I go back to Masquerade and edit it?
Sunday night I pulled Midnight Raynne off the shelf and started reading it. Originally I was going to read it all the way through and then go back to edit. I changed my mind, however, after reading that first chapter. I've already made three passes at this manuscript. In the first pass I edited for plot, the second was for character, and I'm still not sure what I did in that third pass anymore. I feel confident plot and character wise with this manuscript. Which made me decide to go through it chapter by chapter and work on the writing.
I've come a long way in my writing alone, not including the plot or character issues, but the words and voice I use on the page. By Monday afternoon the first chapter was marked up like a bad essay. Not because the plot or characters needed help, but because my writing was less than acceptable. I realize I've come a long way in how I structure my sentences, words I use, and that thing agents always talk about - voice. In my slashed up pages I can already see it shining through.
For the first time, I think I have a true understanding of what agents are talking about. It was this realization that finally reassured me I am on the right track with this manuscript. I want work out all of the writing issues, tighten the story up, and polish it off by May. This seems a little much since I started editing Barely There in December. But, I had plot issues all over the place to deal with on that one. With this one, I've already dealt with those issues.
So, I'm holding myself accountable. I'd like to have Midnight Raynne ready for beta reading by May 1st. Now, I better get going so I can reach that goal.
Your Turn -> Have you ever gone back to an old manuscript and noticed how far you've come with your writing?