September 24th, 2006
Revisions, Jury Duty, and other things I don’t want to do…

I finally received another revision letter from Harlequin on Friday. I haven’t finished reading through it (want to wait until our friends have left), but from what I can tell it’s going to require a substantial rewrite. The focus of the book (the action/adventure plot) needs to switch to the romance. Bless my mom’s heart, she’s actually come up with a way to do that, but it’ll still require gutting the book. This will be the second time I’ve done that with this manuscript. My guess is by the time I’m finished I won’t even recognize the book. :-/

While I’m shredding pages, I need to continue writing the urban fantasy, so the next couple of months are going to be a challenge. I don’t normally make much progress (on either book) when I’m working on two projects at once. I just can’t afford to stop work on the urban fantasy, since my goal was a rough draft by the end of October. Not sure if I’ll make that now.

This spanner does mean I’ll be spending less time online. I will only be allowed to blog if I make my writing goals for the day. This isn’t a bad thing. *g* Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me that the jury duty people don’t want or need me this week. I SO don’t have time for that right now.

What could you be doing with your time, if you weren’t playing on the internet? Do you think your productivity would change, if you cut your online hours?

14 comments to “Revisions, Jury Duty, and other things I don’t want to do…”

  1. Jordan – I usually only spend time on the internet when my writing goals are done, that’s why I’ll be MIA for days at a time by the time the day job gets done with me. But today, I’m doing it backwards, I’m procrastinating. I usually don’t let myself do that, but now and then, I think you just have to let yourself go 🙂

  2. Tina, That’s great that you’ve been able to do that. It’s going to be a challenge for me, but one I must endeavor to accomplish. I have too much work to do and I’m too easily distracted. Sigh. Oh look, a flashy shiny thing. *ggg*

  3. I’m usually online while holding the baby. Like now.*g*

  4. Charli, *ggg*

  5. When my phone/web service went out for 4 days, 8 hours and 10 minutes, I found out just how much more productive I could be in my writing without playing on the internet. BIG difference. I was stunned.

    HOWEVER…it’s a bit like longevity of life versus quality of life, y’know? I mean, I don’t wanna live to be 100 if it means I can’t even enjoy chocolate, lol!

    I just need to find a workable balance. :-/

  6. Playing on the internet? I’ve forgotten what that was. It’s not the internet keeping me from doing what I want, but that can’t be helped right now. I have time later.

    Good luck with the rewrite and the urban fantasy!

  7. I’m not sure that it would increase my productivity by much. I don’t think it would make me write any faster, and I don’t think I would study more (who does?), and I don’t think I’d read more (I read more books a year than everybody I know except PBW who’s a freak of nature).

  8. Maybe I shouldn’t ask this but do you have qualms about gutting the story again if it’s not going to be recognizable?

  9. Last time I got called for jury duty, I took my laptop and wrote as I sat in the room waiting for selection. I was in the waiting room longer than I was in the selection box.
    I was selected, but a plea bargain was reached before I actually had to appear. Woohoo!

  10. Raine, LOL! Great analogy. *g* I think it boils down to at this stage in my–cough–career (or lack thereof) I cannot afford to lose this time. Now is when I need to be stockpiling manuscripts.

    There’s an old saying in the music biz, ‘You have your whole life to write that first ‘album’, but once you sell you’d better have enough material stocked up to be able to put out a CD a year for the next ten’. I’m still working on ten years of material. 🙂

  11. Bailey, Thanks! You have your hands full and rightly so. You have to take care of what’s important. (((Hugs)))

  12. May, I know it would increase my productivity. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind.

  13. Cece, I’m currently asking myself the same question. I haven’t arrived at an answer yet. 🙁

  14. Toni, I plan to take my AlphaSmart Neo. I’m going to write the whole time I’m there, if they ask me to come in tomorrow.