April 9th, 2012
A Funny Thing Happened While I Was Digging Through My Files

So I finished editing my YA this past Thursday. I’m still reading through it, which I knew would take a while since it’s over 63K. While I was reading, I started looking through my projects to try to figure out what to work on next. I’d originally decided to write Phantom Warriors: Linx. I knew he’d be fun since he’s such a naughty, naughty kitty. I had the story started, but the plot wasn’t fleshed out. So while I was flipping through projects, I came across a werewolf book that I began writing in 2001.  I knew I hadn’t finished it, but I’d done a lot of work on it over the years, which included writing down how it should end. On a lark, I decided to read through the manuscript. I got to chapter eight and realized that I still loved the story.

Sure, it needed some cleaning up and organizing. (I seemed to be very fond of super long chapters, when I first wrote this particular book. *ggg)  Some of my chapters were so long that I thought I must’ve missed the chapter headings. LOL! Anyway, I realized that I’d done a ton of work on this book a couple of years ago, so it was a much cleaner copy than I remembered. As I was reading through it, I started to fall in love with the characters again. Since I wrote it so long ago, it’s evident that my style has changed a lot. It’s a little melodramatic, but I still like it. I almost wish I could get some of this particular style back. I’ve obviously edited much of it right out of my writing. (Let this be a lesson to you newbie writers. There is such a thing as incorporating too much writing advice.)

Anyway, I’m slowly working my way through the book. (It was sitting at 46K when I started.) I think by the time I’m finished the book will be at 55 to 60K in length. I am going to try to get it finished within the next two weeks. The cover is almost ready. Once it’s done, I’ll put it up with a blurb and a short excerpt. This story has been in the back of my mind for a very long time. It’ll be nice to finally wrap it up and set it free.

Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.

4 comments to “A Funny Thing Happened While I Was Digging Through My Files”

  1. Woot! Love when you find something in the files and realize, “Hey, actually this is pretty good…”

  2. Charli, It’s definitely rare, but it’s nice when it happens. 🙂

  3. That’s a good find. I like the part about writing advice. At some point, the writing will begin to look like someone else wrote it. 🙂

  4. Bernard, Yeah, I was excited.

    There is always a chance that will happen to your writing if you take a lot of people’s advice. Or you could experience what happened to me, which was my writing started to lose my ‘natural’ voice.