Thanks for tuning into another installment of Novels and Narrations, where I interview myself (*shrugs* it works) about how my writing is going, what progress I’ve made in the past month and how things are going!
Did you meet your deadline?
*throws celebratory balloons*
I sent the 6th draft of Natanni’s story to my editor (that is still one of the coolest things to say) and I should receive it back in mid-Octoberish. I’m quite excited to see what she has to say and if she enjoys the rest of the novel like she did the beginning (and by excited, I mean ultra terrified, but also, still excited).
Well, it’s a been a month since that happened. You took that time off to rest. Didn’t you?
Well, I did want to take some time off, but of course, I got a new idea for that fantasy romance I’ve been teasing and….well…I may have mapped out character profiles for my band of eight heroes And made a map. And did some really rough worldbuildling outlines with history and races. And made a rough outline of major plot beats for the first book. And a Pinterest board.
BUT, before you yell at me, I did all of this in like, a week or so, and haven’t had the time to work on it since, because I’ve been so busy with my day job, so I sorta took a break by force.
At the same time, though, I really want to start writing this, yet I’m hesitant to, because I also want to work on BLOOD PRICE as soon as I get feedback on it, but I don’t want to have to leave one project to work on another. Yet, it’s not like I can’t go back to work on it. *facepalm*
I heard a rumor that you had your beginning critiqued.
I did! Like I mentioned before, I started graduate school, and, after some hiccups with my original class, I switched into a fiction workshop, which had been really great. I was offered a chance to workshop part of a novel and I couldn’t really turn down having eleven experienced writers critique it.
How’d it go?
Well, I may have been so sweaty and shaking I had to angle my camera away so no one would notice, ended up taking four pages of notes and then cried for two hours after class.
I’m fine now, and honestly, the critique went really well. Some people really loved it, some had a lot of questions and everyone had varying ideas of suggestions for improvements. After having some time to think it over, I have some changes I think I want to make, others I disagree with (which is okay!) and others I hope to consult with my editor with. Because, while I valued their feedback and their time, I also have to recognize that only a few of them write in the same genre I do and they were all coming at it with a very critical lens, which does affect the critique.
But, I did take heart that, despite the many questions, advice and conflicting critiques (for example, one person didn’t like X element, while the next person liked it), the fact that multiple people said they couldn’t wait to read more really was a confidence booster!
Goal for October?
I think…I’d like to start writing a little bit of the fantasy romance I want to write. Then, edit BLOOD PRICE again and prep it for querying. If, by the end of the year, I can have BLOOD PRICE back into the querying waters and then a substantial amount written in this fantasy romance draft, I think I can call 2020 a win for a writing year (though, honestly, the fact that I’ve written a SINGLE word during 2020 will be considered a win, because fuck this year).
I really liked the fake interview style, so I’m going to stick with it. Is it weird to interview myself? Yes. Knowing me, is that also oddly on brand? Also yes.
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