Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Indie Block Party - Day Two - My Work In Progress



Today is day two of the awesome "Indie Block Party" being hosted by Fel Wetzig and Dawna Raver.  Everyday for the next two weeks, I'll be posting fun blogs on different topics:

Week 1: August 19-24

Post 1: Introduce Yourself

Post 2: Introduce Your WIP (Work in Progress)

Post 3: Interview one of your characters(I'll be featuring Sondra from "Live and Let Die")

Post 4: Interview one of your neighbors (I'll be interviewing Contemporary Romance Author, Susan Ann Wall) 

Week 1: August 19-24
Post 1: Introduce Yourself
Post 2: Introduce Your WIP (Work in Progress)
Post 3: Interview one of your characters(I'll be featuring Sondra from "Live and Let Die")
Post 4: Interview one of your neighbors (I'll be interviewing Contemporary Romance Author, Susan Ann Wall)

Week 2: August 25-30
Post 5: What are you currently reading? Post 6: Top 5 Books
Post 7: Writing Tips
Post 8: Social Media and Networking Tips


Also, check out the linky below and hop around to visit my neighbors!

Okay, on with the show.

My current Work In Progress (WIP) is undergoing major reconstruction - a gut rehab to be precise.  It's called "Every Breath You Take," and the central theme is about a woman being stalked as a result of a love affair gone horribly wrong.

I first had this idea back in high school (a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away) and after several fits and starts, finally finished it years later.  I put it through the "query-go-round" and actually got some interest in it, but that was about it.  I got busy with other things and put it away until last year when I decided to "go indie" and publish it myself.

 




Except, when I re-read it, it just wasn't working for me.  I still LOVED the idea, but I didn't like they way I executed it.  So, I put it in the wood chipper and started over.  It was liberating to chuck it and start over with a fresh sheet of paper (okay, I didn't put the whole thing in the wood chipper - it's still on my hard drive, because there are a lot scenes I can still use).  I feel sooooo much better about this new direction and think it's a lot stronger now.

So, while I had grand plans of releasing it this summer, it will be released in 2014.  Stay tuned!

See you tomorrow for an interview with Sondra Ellis, the protagonist from my suspense novel, "Live and Let Die!"

 

 
 








 


 
    

 
  


6 comments:

  1. Hi Bianca,
    Great post. I've done that myself with some of my books. I loved the ideas but the direction they were headed were not what I wanted. Good luck with everything! :)

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  2. Thanks, Diane. At first, I tried to just revise it to death, but that only made things worse. I finally did the only prudent thing I could and started over. Much better! :)

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    1. I like your approach here. Sometimes you just can't make macro changes in the microcosm.

      It is generally easier to revise a core concept, and change the words/implementation, then to repick each individual word to eventually reflect the new core concept throughout. Its just a matter of scale.

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  3. It's interesting to go back to your work and see the evolution you have been through as a writer. It's also a good things that you manage to re-write it at your liking.

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  4. If I'd known what I know now...I'd have possibly taken a little more time with pushing the button on Return of the Crown. But, I didn't, and I did however, learn from my experience. Your story idea is one that will likely put us on the edge of our seats, looking forward to learning more about it.

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  5. Thanks for all the encouragement ladies! As I said, at first, it was like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole, which of course, never works. It was hard to make the decision to step back and say, "this isn't working," but ultimately, I'm glad I did. More to come!

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