Friday, February 01, 2008

Mini-Progress

I didn't manage to get as much writing done through the week as I'd hoped, but the most important thing is I made progress. I still love the story and all the places I intend to go with my hero and heroine and I look forward to all the places they have yet to show me. My plan remains the same. I'll work on quality this weekend and then again Monday through Friday I'll free -write whatever comes to mind. I like the idea of this schedule and hope it proves fruitful for me.

My day job is coming more under control, as is life in general, so I'll be able to start putting writing back on the front lines. My aim is still to enter my first contest of 2008 this month with a revised 1st chapter. My CP did an awesome job for me on the 1st chapter, pointed out quite a few easy fixes. The biggest problem I have with this manuscript so far is I tend to remember things my characters and readers don't know yet. For example, I know how and why the hero shows up at the heroine's door when he does, but my CP informed me she had no clue even by the time she finished the chapter. Oops. So I have to go back and take the information I've got stored in chapter 2 (the info that answers several questions and that can potentially hook readers) and weave it in chapter 1. I think my CP was worried I'd freak out and stop writing again like I did in October. But that was different. I'd lost my confidence, lost my spark and I was burning out. This time around, this is totally a work-in-progress. I'm ready and willing to listen to her most excellent advice. And to do what is necessary to make Danger a work of art. I want this book to sell. It has great potential. I believe in my story and my ability to share it. I will be strong enough to see it through. (and "Doggone it, people like me!" Anybody remember Stuart Smalley?)

8 comments:

Tez Miller said...

Started reading an Erica Spindler novel this evening (DEAD RUN), and hoped that somewhere in the world you were reading one too :-)

Have a lovely day! :-)

Lexi said...

Tez! Great to "see" you again! I've never read Spindler, but I might check her out. Thanks for the recommendation.

monika_schulze said...

I loved Stuart!!

I am so happy you have that feeling about your book. Awesome. And you are far braver than I to share your hopes and aspirations.

All the best thoughts in the world coming your way to keep you on track. Here they come....

Heather said...

Doggone it - people DO like you! Go, Lexi! Glad the new story is going well.

Lexi said...

Thanks, Monika! I'll let you know if I caught those good thoughts coming from your neck of the woods.

Lexi said...

Aw, shucks, Heather. Thanks!

Cat Schield said...

Congrats on the progress Lexi. I'm so glad you're so hyped about your new book. Being excited about a project feels great. Keep up the magic.

Lexi said...

Thanks, Cat! I'm having A BLAST with it!