Imminent book demise averted!

You may have noticed, it’s been over a week since I last wrote a real post—and if you didn’t notice, please don’t tell me. I’d like to keep the illusion that you’re all hanging on my every word. Anyway, I’ve been busy editing and revising An Illusion of Trust.  The editing was no problem. Then along came revisions.

Actually, part of those went well too. I added two short scenes and made minor revisions to another. But the biggie stumped me. So I took a break and read—a whole book. I still couldn’t think how to revise. So I looked at a few thousand stock images for the cover. Still nothing.  So I printed out my scene synopsis and marked the four problematic ones because seeing something in print often wakes my Muse.

This time she only opened one eye and mumbled a few words. So I did the logical thing. I decided not to revise those scenes. I’m just kidding, of course. I decided to toss the whole book.

Over-reaction? Maybe, but I was frustrated. However … I took one last stab at the four scenes. I decide there were good reasons not to change one of them, but I made notes on ways to subtly revise the other three. I knew that wasn’t enough. It wouldn’t fix the problem my alpha reader cited. So I started an email to tell her I wasn’t a good enough writer to salvage the book. But then I decided, before I gave up, I’d show her the only changes I came up with. And …

She said, “You need to take ‘I’m ready to just walk away from this book’ out of your vocabulary forever.” She also said the revisions I’d suggested were “perfect”. So … yeah. I’ve made those revisions and now I’m doing another read-through before I send it off to beta readers.

Want to hear something funny? Over-reaction was the issue she wanted me to fix. Now can you imagine me having a character do that? 😉

14 thoughts on “Imminent book demise averted!

  1. You are too funny! I swear we all do these things. You would.t really deprive us of this book after all this time and anticipation. Some of us are ready to pre-order. Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

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    1. It would have killed me to trash it, Darlene, but then I wouldn’t publish it feeling it had problems either. I think I’m too lazy. 😕 Happy Thanksgiving to YOU and I hope your ankle heals quickly.

      Edited to say: The real problem is that I make things harder than they need be, so when I can’t do them, I feel lazy. 🙂

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  2. As long as you remember to take the pages back out of the trash BEFORE you toss in the left over spaghetti sauce, you’ll be okay.

    I think we’ve all done this at least once with every manuscript! And thank heavens we do. Writers are entitled to a few outbursts and vents of frustration. I firmly believe it is simply physics at work as it’s quite possible we might explode (or at the very least rupture something really important – like a spleen) if we couldn’t release a good amount of the pressure we put on ourselves. 😉

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  3. We are so much a part of our books, it’s not even funny! I’m so happy you have such a wonderful alpha reader who won’t let you quit. Never quit! You’ve worked too dang hard on this book. It deserves the best of everything.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. 🙂 My alpha is truly amazing. If she ever tells me to go ahead and trash it, I’ll know for sure it wasn’t worth working on. I’ll be sending An Illusion of Trust to betas by the end of the week.

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  4. Glad you didn’t toss your book. That just wouldn’t do. It’s exciting to know you’re so close to the end. I’m glad you hung in there. I could learn a few lessons from you I’m sure.. 🙂

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