Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Escaped the claws

This is just a short post to report that I did finish my manuscript for my critique group and now I am working hard on the revision. 

The most eye-opening result of this little exercise is this: the reason I had so much trouble finishing up the manuscript is that I had been trying to write two stories into one. Too many relationships were left shallow, several characters left single-dimensional, and most important of all, each of the main character had to nip/tuck their stories to fit the other's.

I have to say that the realization not only made a lot of sense but brought a degree of calmness. I have restarted the novel focused on only one of the two original protagonists--assuring the other that I will come back to her another day for her very own story--and find that my mind feels less cluttered and distracted.

I'm on Chapter 5 and I have a good feeling about this. 


Tiffany said...

Sounds promising! Glad to hear that the literary decluttering is helping you continue through your revisions :)

Nandini said...

That's great, Yat-Yee. Sometimes it's better to narrow the focus... Good luck with your revisions!

scott g.f.bailey said...

In the thing I'm writing now, subplots are springing up like weeds in a garden, and I have a secondary storyline that threatens to eat the primary storyline. When I go to revise, I'll have to cut cut cut back to the real story. I blame Malasarn; he talked me out of outlining.

Yat-Yee said...

Scott: fire him.
I sure miss you Lit Lab people. Hope things are going well.

scott g.f.bailey said...

We're all fine, we are! I miss the LitLab, too, but I'm enjoying not having the responsibility. Though I really miss the constant interaction with Davin and Michelle. And all the smart folks who read the blog.

Laurel Garver said...

It will be a lot of work, but think of the bright side: you have two great story ideas quite fleshed out. Many struggle to get going on a new project when one is done, but you have one all ready. Hope the division process is energizing and fun!