Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WIP Wednesday: Back to the Drawing Board

As I wrote about last week, I'm rewriting my V-Day novel from scratch. Many of you told me in the comments that I was not crazy, and I appreciate it!

But this week I've hit another road block with this particular novel: Now that the character has changed, her motivations have also changed. And if I lose her original (admittedly rather weird) motivation, then ... um ... it's a totally different book. The inciting incident of her trying to get a boyfriend on Valentine's Day doesn't work anymore. This new character wouldn't care about that!

It's complicated, and I'm probably not explaining it very well, but the bottom line is that V-Day needs to take an even longer rest. I need more time to think.

Can anyone relate?

Meanwhile, I'm going back to working on my new WIP. Weronika Janczuk was kind enough to critique my query and first ten pages and I received her feedback yesterday. She had some great things to say and it has motivated me to dive into this project again.

Also vying for my attention is the short story I mentioned yesterday, The Tiffin Box, and the children's story I mentioned a couple weeks ago, Ballerina Mom.

Lots to do! But right now I'm going to go lie down for a few minutes. I don't have time to, really. I'm supposed to be cooking and cleaning my house because we're having guests for dinner. But I've got a sore throat and sinus trouble -- and even typing this entry has pretty much consumed my energy.

Stay well, everyone, and happy writing!


  1. I hear you, Amy. Oh, I hear you.

  2. Good luck! And I hope you feel better.

  3. Good Luck. You've got me wondering what her motivation is now. Send it over when you get it done!

  4. I have a ton of things to do too...But I took a nap instead. I think I'll get some coffee and hit my pb now....It's nice to know I'm not the only one who has those kinds of days. :)

  5. Thanks, ladies. Yes, I'm feeling a little better today (hooray!). Kelly, I will certainly give you V-Day (when I'm done) if you promise to give me Pulse (when it's done). Hope that's going well for you.

    Isn't a writing community like this great so that we can share our trials and tribulations and know we're not alone. *happy sigh*