Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Headway, At Last

Taking my cue from Susan, I decided I NEEDED to get on with revisions of BTPM. I've been stuck in the same place for a while now -- unable to connect all the sequential type things, and having a VERY hard time coming up with the proper words to get it just right. So, I gave up on making it perfect and told myself to try to lay out the bare bones--that I could come back and floof it up later. And I made it through. YEEHAW. (Thanks, Suze ;)) Always good to hear what other people do, just in case it might get you out of a pinch.

It's far from perfect, of course...but it all flows together, which is the important thing. On to the next chapter, which should be pretty close to perfect. LOL. (Let's hope!)

I've laid out a schedule of sorts, which if I stay on track, will see this MS completely revised by the 30th. Heavens, I hope so. (g) I'm determined to get at least one book off my plate for a while. Juggling everything is driving me blotto. In addition, I'll be working on FI and possibly an occasional scene from the new YA. Still no name, drabnabbit. Okay, executive decision. For now, I will call it THE HAUNTING. Soooo unoriginal and FAR from feeling right, but it's something for now. TH, it is. (g)


Precie said...

I'm not sure exactly why, but when I think of the teensy bits I've seen of your newest WIP, I think "Helter Skelter." Hmm.

I've also noticed that you're playing Nathan Bransford's SUFLC too! Good luck!

Susan Adrian said...


YAY!! Progress is good. I'm becoming a big believer in the sequential draft edit mode, so I don't worry about everything at once.

Woo-hoo you.

Jen said...


Eeeee. I read Helter Skelter in my early teens. That title will forever be tied to Charles Manson in my head. (g)

And good luck to you, too! I saw a couple of your entries last night. I meant to announce the contest on the forum, but completely forgot. If they have a category for brevity or humor, perhaps my "I really needed to pee." will do well. LOL.

There are some frighteningly flowerly and overwritten entries in that bunch. Goodness.


Jen said...


Well, it certainly worked for this chapter -- I have NO clue why it was so difficult for me, but at least the skeleton is down now.

I'm one of those people who worries about everything at once --gotta come out right the first time, etc. Perhaps I need to loosen my hold a little. (g)


Precie said...

Eek...ok, Helter Skelter it's NOT. LOL! Forgot the bad association.

Susan--I'm soooo intimidated by your sequential draft editing. Can't wait to see the final version!