Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hmm...Revision or New Story & Rappin' Hamsters (And, cute new background I designed!)

January 1, 2012 marked the date I was supposed to go back and begin redrafting my YA Fantasy / Historical novel, Vinegaroon Moon. Obviously, I'm confused as to the exact genre, which may be part of my hesitation. It's a deluxe combo of fantasy, Texas historical all wrapped into a western adventure package. 

I even have someone out there in agentland intrigued w/ Vinegaroon! Call me loca en la cabeza, but as of  Jan. 8, 2012, I still have not re-opened the file. Trouble is, I've got a nagging itch to spill my energy into my WIP. 


I feel like those rappin' grunged-out hamsters. Hamster wheel or Kia? I can go with this or I can go with that...



Should I run circles in the hamster wheel of revision or take the cool Kia ride with my work in progress...I'm interested, which would you do? Maybe a little of both?

19 comments:

  1. For me, I find I can do revision in the evenings but can only draft in the a.m - so occasionally I can do a little of both. If I'm not too tired. Vinegaroon sounds intriguing!

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  2. Jaye Robin, that's a great point! I find I'm most creative and energetic in the mornings. I'll have to try dividing my time. I'm always up for suggestions and ideas! Appreciate you stopping in. :)

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  3. I think you've got to do whatever you feel most passionate about for that's when we do our best work. Somehow...we just know what we're supposed to be working on when.

    And I bet whichever one you decide, you'll eventually feel the pull to work on the other. You're not throwing one away. Just putting it on the side for a while.

    Good luck!

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  4. Which calls harder?
    Besides, some of the genre specifics change so fast, by the time you're ready to submit, it will be something different anyway.

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  5. Can you spill your energy into something new? Such a tough call. I'd be superstitious too!

    You crack me up- I can think of a few YA's right now with weak heroines, but if you're thinking of the one I HATE the most, then we're on the same page ;)

    p.s. I like the new background. Super cute :)

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  6. Kelley, It's been six months for the ms, I figured it was time to get back to it. I feel guilty for letting it sit while I go on writing something new. I know I have my work cut out for me once I dive back in.

    Alex, good point, and that's a very good question. The new story pulls harder, but they always do for me.

    Juliana, Oh yeah, my new ideas / story lines rule the roost in my brain. I become obsessed and it's all I can think about. But most, fizzle when I begin the writing process. This one feels different. Maybe because I'm still in my obsession stage.

    This heroine NEEDS to be in a co-dependent relationship. I think it sets a bad example for girls. When I read it, I thought, "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, sister!" I have a feeling we are on the same page. :o

    Thanks for your sweet comment about my background.

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  7. Any good reason why you can't do both?

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  8. I don't see why not. I just need to learn discipline when dividing my time between the two. I've been thinking about setting a schedule for myself.

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  9. Power through and do both! You're a superwoman!

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  10. Laura, I love your enthusiasm!! I think you and Angelina both have good points.

    BragonDorn, I find myself rapping this song for hours after seeing the commercial on TV! I still wonder what made KIA come up with using rapping hamsters. But, they're catchy!

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  11. Funny post, Candy. Well, I just wandered around to car dealers, shopping for cars instead of writing. I do need a new car soon--kind of like the Nissan Versa Hatchback.

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  12. Catherine, a hatchback is great to have! I've always been a Volkswagen gal. I've owned 1 Passat, 4 Jettas and 1 VW bug. The Jettas are my favorite. I'd love to get one of the sporty SUVs VW makes, but that'll have to wait until after I'm published! I think they run about a 1/4 of what my house cost to build!

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  14. I'm happy to report, after a few replies to my "cry for help" over at She Writes about revision, I opened my Vinegaroon Moon ms!!! I'm still unsure exactly how to go about redrafting, as I've always worked with smaller pieces. For those I usually just redraft within the ms itself.

    But, for a long novel (currently 116,000-words), I'm at a loss! Yesterday, I decided to go in and cut the original beginning which contained 41 pages of backstory (yikes!), and the Prologue (not sure why I wanted one anyways), and brought myself down to 100,000-words.

    I wrote an alternate beginning, one where I think the beginning of the story actually starts, last year. For now, I'll use that one, and keep the original w/ backstory in a separate file.

    It felt good yesterday, refreshing, to do some work on it. :))

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  15. My plan is to get it down to at least 80,000-words without compromising story. From what I saw yesterday, in the crappy first draft, there's a lot of hum-drum *thinking* moments from the MC, which I can remove. I have to keep in mind, my readers don't need me to tell them what my character is thinking, I have to show them with great dialogue and action.

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  16. Candy, I think what's happening here is that you are thinking of a huge project and that, naturally, makes you reluctant to start. Just take some baby steps to begin with, and then increase your daily goal. Soon you will find all taking care of.

    Good luck!

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  17. I believe a little of both would be a great compromise -- but start with your WIP -- then, when it stalls, go back to your revision. When you begin to feel stale doing that, switch back to your WIP. You may find both projects will benefit from the muse "ping-pong"! Roland

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  18. Angela, thank you for your wise thoughts!! You're so right. I do think of the rewrite as a HUGE project, because it is. But that's my job. I wrote that puppy; now, it's my job to train it. Thinking *baby steps*

    Roland, I agree, compromise and tending to both is probably my best scenario. I naturally have a guilt complex, so if I think I'm ignoring one or the other, my writing attitude crashes. I appreciate your comments. :)

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