1. Word Wars and Deadlines
Most of you know that I've been working on a complete re-write of Between--100% rewriting each and every scene, completely changing the ending, getting rid of a main character, etc. It's basically an entirely new book now.
So yes, I'm a little insane, I guess. I mean, who does that??
Someone who loves her characters so much that she can't bear the thought of giving up on them, that's who. I just want to feel like my book is really and truly FINISHED. I've never felt as good about Between as I do right now. And you know what? It still may not go anywhere. But I am convinced that I have turned it into the book that it should be, and that makes me happy.
And I'm pretty sure I'd never be this close to having it finished if it weren't for a few things:
- Word Wars. Grab a friend (or a few) to write with you, set a certain amount of time to write (I usually do 20-30 minutes) and see who writes the most words. This keeps me focused on writing during that time. Then we take a break, talk some smack, and go again. Thanks a BUNCH to Josh, Ravena, and Amanda for doing a few of these with me lately.
- Deadlines. I make self-imposed deadlines for myself all that time. And then I miss them. So THIS TIME- my friend and CP Maggie and I decided to set deadlines and then send each other what we'd written by that date. We started making deals to send each other 50 pages every few days. This was CRUCIAL to getting through the rewrite. There were so many times that I got stuck on a scene and wanted to quit. If Maggie hadn't been waiting on me, I know I would've walked away from the computer and found something (ANYTHING) else to do. Thanks Mags. You're the best.
2. Be Your Everything by Boys Like Girls
If you were on Twitter the day I heard this song for the first time, I apologize. I think I tweeted it 4 or 5 times. BUT I LOVE IT. It so perfectly fits Seth, one of my MCs in Between, and the way he is about Harper. He was in love with her long before she even knew about him, and he's satisfied with being whatever he can be in her life--but thank goodness for all of us, she wants him too and they do lots and lots of kissing. His personality is a little bossy and overprotective, and he gets frustrated with the way Harper doesn't take things as seriously as she should- so this line especially makes me think of him:
"I'll be your shelter, I'll be your storm. I'll make you shiver, I'll keep you warm."
I mean, obviously. You know I love Twitter. There are a few of you who LOVE to tease me about how much time I spend on there. It's just that ALL THE FUN PEOPLE are on Twitter! It's how I met all of my critique partners. It's where I keep up with what agents are looking for, new agent announcements, upcoming contests, etc. And where else can I "talk" to some of my favorite authors? And SOMETIMES THEY TALK BACK! (Yes, I'm a total nerd and get super excited when that happens. Maureen Johnson tweeted to me one day and I called my mother to tell her. True story.)
So, if you're not on Twitter, or you are but you're not really sure what to do-- just start talking. Get involved. You can't really just sit back and wait for people to talk to you, unless you're like....famous or something. (And if you are, and you read my blog, HIGH-FREAKING-FIVE. And if you're Ian Somerhalder, well, in the interest of keeping this a kid-friendly blog I'll just blow kisses at you.) Follow people that interest you and interact with them. Not everyone will talk back to you. Don't take it personally.
And FOR THE LOVE- Don't say things like "Hey if you follow me, I'll follow you back" or "If you don't follow me back, I will unfollow you." You shouldn't need to guilt someone into following you. Be awesome and people who want to get to know you will follow you. I have major issues with this whole auto-follow expectation. It's silly.
Ok. That's it for today. :) What are you guys loving lately?