Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I Said I'd Never Do It Again
but ....after a long talk with my child, I decided to try another novel. I'll probably still send the last one out more, but not yet. Am I sabotaging the second novel by letting too many people read the first one? I've kept it to just six agents/editors so far. Maybe more is a mistake.
Find a true story with a good arc and make it yours, Megan advised. Write your way into what's already there so the strength and story in the original material can guide you. So I went home, looked at some archives and found a story that perfectly suits an interest of mine: mothers and daughters in trouble. I have 12 pages that I didn't have Saturday. Of course, I had to put my first try at writing a ghost story aside.
Of course, the mother's a real bitch already, but maybe if the daughter isn't such an unlikable character it'll fly. Am I destined to write about bitchy women? Probably.
Writing a practice novel isn't such a bad thing, I guess. Do you have one on your hard drive? If I count the novel in stories from 2006, I have two practice novels. Oh, well. Maybe practice will make perfect. Someday.