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Of novels and reviews

I'm having a vexing time of it with this novel I've been struggling through writing now for the past several months. It's been more than six months I'm sure. I am reworking a series of stories I originally wrote in 2001. The first 50,000 words were relatively easy to muck my way through...the problem was finding the time to actually write. I'm still having trouble finding the time, but now that I'm in the last quarter of the novel I'm struggling with the story itself.

This is primarily due to the fact that I'm completely re-working the story. When I wrote it originally there was a tremendous upheaval between the two main characters. In fact, one of them dumped the other one while he was languishing in a hospital bed. This caused me severe heartbreak, so I've decided now that I'm rewriting it I'm changing it. No hospital betrayals this time, but that means that I keep getting ahead of myself. Last week I forced myself to do extensive research on appendicitis, and I wrote a timeline. Today I forced myself to re-read all the heartbreak so I could extract out the salient scenes and modify them. Whew. 'Twas a lot of work!

So, now I'm ready to move forward, and I don't have the energy anymore.

Now, on to reviews. And no, this probably isn't what you think. ;)

I actually write reviews under my real name. Not fiction reviews, I review music and audio equipment. Oddly enough, I don't like reading reviews for the most part. If I want a CD I'm not going to bother reading a review of it because I already know I want it. Take the latest Fozzy CD for example. I ordered it because I wanted it. I did write a review of it though, and for all I know there were people who bought the CD based on my review. I know in the past when I've mentioned artists I listen to, people tell me they buy the CDs because I like them. Flattering I guess, but also a little strange.

Out of curiosity, I looked at Amazon and found that this Fozzy CD had about seven reviews, and one of these reviews was a one-star review. I actually made the :O face when I saw that, because how could anyone rate this awesome CD one star?

After I read the review I realized I had an answer for every criticism the reviewer stated. And in some strange way it made me feel better about the slew of one-star ratings The King's Tale has been racking up at GoodReads.

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jan_irving
Feb. 20th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
It sounds like tough going. I've been there. Good luck pushing on with it!
rowenasudbury
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Thanks! I know the stop-start nature of writing only when I have time is defeating me, but I'll get through it!
clarelondon
Feb. 21st, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
I'm with you on this! I've got a novel contracted that needs really extensive rewrite - change of POV, change balance of characters etc etc - and it's really hard going. I'm sitting here today, having promised myself I'll spend all day on it, as I need to get it done by the end of March. And sometimes the only way is to create that timeline, or - in my case - scrawl both sides of a large notebbok, one side with 'Old Plot' and the other side with the matching 'New Plot'. LMAO

But energy is a huge problem for me too at the moment. That, and time to write. *sigh* Same old, same old!

Good luck with it all. Keep us posted :)
rowenasudbury
Feb. 21st, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
A little bit after I started this rewrite I printed out all the original stories, then I made a large outline of the "new" sequence of events. That worked fine for the early parts of the story when everything was hunky dory...but then I got to the last part. In the original stories there was a gradual growing apart of the main characters along with the gradual attraction building between the 2 of them and 2 other characters. Compounding matters even more is the fact that those initial stories were all first person, switching POVs between these 4 main characers. :O

I'm running out of room in my notebook now with, as you said, scrawled outlines!

I *will* make my way through it though...and I *will* let you all know how it comes out!

Thanks!! :)
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