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Beating the blues

I don’t know what it is lately. The weather here has been great – mid-70’s and sunny. My oldest is between activities, which has freed up time in the evenings to just hang out together.

But I’ve just been feeling down. I don’t know if there’s really a song or not, but the words, “I’ve got the blues” keeps singing in my head.

One thing I’ve been doing is revising my urban fantasy. I came close a few times last year to finding an agent. And while they “Love the premise”, the general consensus is I need to work on my world-building and characterization.

I’ve learned a lot about the craft since then, and so I’m trying to apply it to the UF. I don’t know if I’m feeling like it’s a mountainous gargantuan task, or if I just don’t know where to begin first. The last two days, I’ve been rewriting my opening, trying to make my character more likeable and sympathetic, while making it a ‘hook’. Part of this is re-reading some of my favorite books and studying their openings.

The good news: I’ve finally started reading again 🙂 It’s been a little while since I actually sat down and just read. Partly, I blame the TV.

**Note to self – less TV

But a small part of me, you know, the evil editor deep inside that for some reason I can’t seem to shut up lately, is constantly telling me that even though I’m published with my erotic romance, I’m never going to make it to NY with my urban fantasy.

I KNOW it’s a lie. That voice is full of shit. Because I’m going to work my ass off and never give up until I get there.

But it won’t shut up 🙂

So, I’ve decided to make a plan.

I’m going to write down the steps I need to take to rewriting/editing my urban fantasy.

Then I’m going to number them.  Once that’s done, I’ll have a plan.

I work well when I have a plan. I love goals.

And I know, once I get deep into working through it, I’ll finally be able to shut that stupid voice up.


How do you get rid of the blues?

Who said writing is the hard part?

This month, I’m working on editing (read rewriting) one of my urban fantasy novels. I wrote the first draft late last year.

Now, when I write, my first draft is always short. My characters are faceless beings, walking around a foggy space — naked. They have few feelings, but man, do they get stuff done 🙂

So I’m used to editing and rewriting in the second round to flesh out the story.

Well, I decided to take EditPalooza with (great site, BTW).

I get to work with an editor and another writer.

So, the first assignment was to read my draft from start to finish, without picking up the red pen.



I almost cried.

My first draft is completely below my quality standards of a first draft.

So, nose to the grindstone. My goal is to drag it screaming if I have to, into a more acceptable thing.

So far, I’ve been doing pretty good. Slower than I hoped, but I’m pretty much on track.


What do your first drafts look like?

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