Thursday, July 14, 2011
The obvious next step
A thought has been niggling at me for a very long time with regards to my middle grade novel. And I am finally surrendering to its rightness.
You see, the book takes place in Malaysia. But as I have been primarily targeting American audiences, I've written it using American English instead of the way English would be spoken in Malaysia. I've also made sure that I explained, subtly, of course, cultural etiquettes and norms.
But for a while now, I've been thinking that I need to write a version of it that targets Asian audience. Several things have happened recently, including being shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award and talking to some authors I met at the Asian Festival of Chilldren's Content, that have convinced me that it is an excellent idea.
Except now I am pushing through my YA novel, trying to get a first draft finished before too long and the mere thought of going back to a work I had revised about 1700 times just makes me reach for the closest bar of chocolate.
But I know it has to be done. I just need to prioritize and be more organized about my time. My forte. Right.
*Heads to pantry to secret stash of chocolate*