Yesterday, I spent several hours trying to re-chart out my YA (young adult) novel. I know there’s a structural problem because events happen too quickly in the beginning. I thought it would be an easy fix. Ha, Ha, Ha! Needless to say, I’m still working on it. I suppose I should be thankful that it’s not a plot problem. It’s just at the moment it feels like a plot problem would be easier to solve than the structure issue. I’m probably only missing three chapters, but it’s hard to tell with my face pressed against the glass. In writing (and life), perspective is EVERYTHING. I plan to jump right back into the manuscript today. I’m going to start by reviewing what it already in the book to see if I can spot ‘blank spaces’. Hopefully that will take care of the problem.
I’ve been reading a lot of books lately. I’ve read twenty thus far since January 1st. (For me, that’s a lot.) I’m trying to clear some of my shelves off, but I admit I do throw in some old favorites to break things up. Whenever I feel myself starting to get into a reading funk, I pick up something from my keeper shelf. It doesn’t stop the new book funk, but it does keep me reading through it. I’m currently reading Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I’ve owned the book since it came out, but I never managed to read it. (Yes, I AM that far behind in my reading.) I can definitely see why it hit the New York Times list. The writing is, well, lovely, and the story is intriguing. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m also finishing up my RITA books. Two and a half to go. YAY!!! (I signed up to judge the contest. This will be my last year of doing so.) Judging is always a double-edged sword. On the good side, you get introduced to books you wouldn’t normally pick up. On the bad side, you get introduced to books you wouldn’t normally pick up. *g* I’ve avoided contests altogether that require me to write out my opinions. I find I’m not nearly as diplomatic as I used to be.
What about you, are you forgiving when it comes to the books that you read? Or are you ruthless about a book wasting your time?