Row 80, Writing

#ROW80 1/29/12 Recap: An “Oh Boy!” Kind Of Week

ROW 80 is a friendly group that’s there to help writers focus on their writing goals.  Each writer decides what they would like to accomplish in the next 80 days.  We check in on Sundays and Wednesdays with their “linky tool” and are welcome to adjust our goals as we need to.  If you’re late getting started, that’s OK.  Round 1 lasts from January 2, 2012 through March 22, 2012.

I haven’t written anything valuable on my work in progress in two weeks!  There, I said it!!!

I had a MAJOR epiphany concerning my first book on Thursday.  It had me VERY excited in the moment.  Lots of “Oh Sh*t!!!”  Unfortunately, the initial buzz is gone, and now I see it as, “Wow!  That’s going to make a LOT MORE work for me.”  I have mixed feelings about the “work” part.  Sometimes I wish I had more hours for my writing.  Sometimes I wish I knew how to be more productive with the hours I have.  Ah well!  It is, what it is!

My Editor

Recap of my week:

 1) Thanks to the before mentioned epiphany, I no longer have a working title.  This is actually causing me severe anxiety, more anxiety than the writing of said book.  I have had the same working title, for ALL the years I’ve been playing with this series.  My working title now belongs to book two.  Bully for it!!!  Book One is now orphaned.  It HAS to have a title, and so far, nothing seems right.

Why can’t I give it back its old title?  Why can’t I leave well enough alone?  Because this is a “tough love” moment and its previous title no longer fits Book One.  It just doesn’t!  A major part of my epiphany involved splitting up Book One into two books.  I don’t know why I didn’t see the need to do this before.  Book one had grown and evolved into something different from what it had previously started out to be.  Its title needs to reflect these changes.

 2) I need to go back over the chapters that I think are staying with a firm hand.  I need to keep asking myself, “Juli, what’s this book about?”  My plot changed and morphed on me over time.  My story was supposed to be for adults.  I NEVER had any intentions of getting into the young adult category.  I’m not sure what made me make the switch, but it was gradual.  It snuck up on me.  Now I see my story for what it is.  There is crossover potential.  I edited out the naughty scenes a LONG time ago, so part of me must have known even back then.  They were fun to write, but they have no place inside this book, maybe later in the series, but not right away.  There’s a lot of stuff that got edited out.  What was left is the story I never knew I wanted to write.  It’s the backbone of the story I have right now.

No matter what I do, I find that I love to write about everyday relationships more than anything else.  Friendships that develop between coworkers, the dynamics that go on inside families, I find that I love to explore these themes.  I can’t just write vampire stories.  I have to get inside their heads and bring them down to my level.  I have to give them jobs and crappy cars.  I have to give them “family members” that mean well, but cause drama from time to time.

Book One was ALWAYS supposed to contain vampires.  It was always going to contain friendships and family drama, but the “love story” is what changed on me the most.  Book One is a parent/child story.  Anything that doesn’t support this has and will be going bye-bye out the window!  I don’t know how this will all play out, nor do I care.   I doubt there’s a vampire market of readers out there that are looking for a story like this anyways.  I’m the first to admit that any attempts I’ve had at writing a “traditional vampire story,” have all been crappity-crap-crap.  While I LOVE to read these stories, I just can’t write them.

I have a couple of days off and a meeting to go to this week.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to use this time away from work productively.  I can visualize how Book One will now end.  Chapter 26, the one that I’ve been hot and cold on, is the beginning of Book Two.  Some of the characters that I’ve used in my Blogophia posts, are going to have to sit tight just a little longer, another “problem” I’ve discovered, thanks to this week’s epiphany.  I had between seven and nine books plotted out in this series.  Now I don’t know how many I’m going to have.  A LOT more by the look of things.  It’s exciting and daunting at the same time.  I have an ensemble cast of characters, but I just don’t have room for everyone right away.  They’ll have to wait their turns, which means…more books.

Oh boy!  Just breathe!

6 thoughts on “#ROW80 1/29/12 Recap: An “Oh Boy!” Kind Of Week”

  1. Congrat’s on the epiphany, even if you didn’t get any words done this week it sounds like you’ve still spent a lot of time on the WIP in thought if nothing else! Good luck with the week ahead 🙂


  2. Don’t you just love epiphanies? Even if it causes you more work, you may end up with a story you love so much more. I hope you do get to explore your writing more this week. Sometimes the percolation of ideas is even more productive than the actual getting words on paper. good luck!


    1. Yeah, I used to think that I actually had more say so as to what happens to my characters, seeing that they came out of MY imagination! Foolish, foolish, Juli! I wish I were more of a plotter than a pantser. 😉 I keep reminding myself that anything worth doing, comes with a price. I’ve learned so much about novel writing, especially this past year, but I know there’s SOOO much more growing for me to do. Any changes or setbacks, are all part of the learning process. Right now, I feel like I’m paying my dues, the writer’s equivalent of scrubbing toilets, but I’m feeling pretty good about stuff. I might be promoted to doing the writer’s equivalent of washing dishes…really soon! LOL

      You have no clue how much you’ve inspired me, Jo!!! Thank you!

      That’s Steve, the gnome, sitting on my desk. 😉 I must thrive on kitsch! I sure have enough of it surrounding me!!! LOL


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