After the usual workday routine, it’s time to don the domestic goddess apron. There has been a disruption in the force, a deviation from our usual routine. I had roughly an hour to myself which I used to write! I have numerous manuscripts, all in various stages of completion. As I worked on my favorite project, fingers flying over the keyboard, I had an epiphany.
This particular project is my favorite. In the writing community there is that old saying that your first draft is always crap. Well, in this case it was absolutely true. Many years ago I had the inspiration for this story. Alright I’ll be honest, the characters took up residence and demanded my attention. Lexy and Kyle are about the cutest couple you could imagine. Sweet, young, and somewhat naive Lexy charmed her way right into my heart. I know my readers will adore her. Maybe not as much as I do, but it’s kind of like a mother’s pride since in a sense I’m the one that gave her life so to speak.
My first rendition of Lexy and Kyle’s story was to be a Christian romance. My hat is off to those that can write those, cause I couldn’t. First there were the CBA (Christian Bookseller’s Association) list of words that aren’t allowed. REALLY? I can’t use Angel? One of my character’s is named Angel. (Y’all are going to love her as well!) I wrote twelve chapters then allowed a good friend to read it. Sitting back anxiously wringing my hands, nervous but expecting to hear – wow great job. It didn’t come.
“Well, it starts off with action and that is good but that’s really the only action that happens and it’s kind of dull.” Numerous chocolate shakes, pout-fests and Dove dark chocolates later I realized how invaluable this honest friend is. AHA! I’ll rewrite it. She’s right, it needs a lot more action. I worked furiously at a fevered pitch.
“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology, we have the capability to build the world’s first bionic book. Faere Deal will be that book. We can make it better than it was before; better, stronger, faster.”
My original title was Never Judge a Book by its Cover; then Faere Deal, then a dozen other things. I gave up on trying to write to the CBA guidelines. My life hasn’t been squeaky clean, and if the saying holds true about write what you know, there will be some grit and grime in my world. Besides, how do you rectify the Faery race with Christianity? I didn’t know and gave up on trying to make that work. I recreated my story, keeping the initial scene that sparked the whole thing and this crazy thing happened. It wasn’t really about Lexy and Kyle. They were key players in a much larger scheme. HUH!
I called my friend over to reread my new revision and complete outline, bribing her with a hot home cooked meal and dessert. “Wow, there’s so much action I can barely catch my breath! I feel like I need a seatbelt on my chair.”
*FISTPUMP* YES!!!!! “Care for a second slice of pie?” I continued working on that story, then I was suddenly struck with the idea of “dragon complex” thanks to my daughter’s comment. (That one is being edited currently.) In the back of my mind though, Lexy and Kyle were impatiently waiting for me to get back to their story. Kyle is sometimes a really impatient jerk! Since things weren’t happening he decided to get my attention. That ploy backfired on him though, as I started telling his brother’s tale – part of which appeared on Storytime Trysts as Passion’s Price. AH, yeah THAT story.
I revised Passion’s Price to a point where I thought it was good enough to submit. My first beta reader was wowed. She had questions though. My second beta reader however wasn’t so impressed. A gazillion questions, asking me about the back story, about the overall arc, asking about the why’s whens, whats and whatnots. *BROWS FURROW*
Fine! I had all the information in my head, no big deal. I’d get it all down on paper. It was slow going, as I went from averaging about 3000 to 5000 words a day to maybe 1000 if I was lucky. ( I had a really rough time after that auto accident, whiplash can do that!) Slow and methodical, and then there were the days that work demands were greater and there was no writing time. Anyway, I’ve been editing all that additional stuff that I added.
If I were to include this part with Passion’s Price, then the book would be about 175000 words. Combine that with Lexy and Kyle’s story, and Rob and Lana’s story with the conclusion of the overall bigger picture — I have 5 maybe 6 books instead of 3. AND – here’s the clincher – I have the larger majority of that already written. And I’ve been beating myself up over not having anything completed. Honestly, I guess it’s best that I have taken so long to tell the entire story.
As I prepped our evening meal enlisting the help of my daughter home from college, we had the chance to talk while we worked. We talked about family stuff, about her school and about writing. I shared my outline with her and she gave me some pointers. We are both encouraged once again to continue on our writing journey. Sometimes, it’s just what you need to reignite the fires.
Write on my friends, write on!