I literally jumped around my room cheering at the end of this writing week. Act 1 is complete. Yes, your applause is welcome.
Last Thursday I absolutely smashed it out of the park. I tackled four difficulty scenes and hit a word count of 2828. I can’t believe I was able to tick off so many To-Do items in one night!
Oh my gosh, it feels so damn good. I can’t say what the first scene of Act 2 is, because you know, I want you to read the book. But it was exhilarating to be able to begin work on it.
I have been wanting to write this particular part since I started working on this book again. It’s one of my most favourite parts and now I’m allowed to get involved with it.
Act 1 was enjoyable and incredibly frustrating. I ended up writing random parts and then sewing them back up together. I’d write the end of a chapter, then first scene of the chapter before and then write somewhere in the middle. It seemed like a mess for a long time, but suddenly it had a flow.
It’s obviously still not great. It’s a first draft. But its my foundation. And I can now build.
I uploaded my ARC review of “About Last Summer” by Patricia Tighe on Good Reads. I said last week I’d hoped it got better. It didn’t. Thoroughly hated that book. It actually made me mad. I am busting my arse to get my book to be complex, layered, and entertaining. Other writers rush to publications without as much care. And that is why the marketplace is flooded with crap. And why so many of us have to go the self-publishing route to get our stories heard.
But I am going to keep the memory of reading this painful book with me. I want to remember all the moments I was editing the book as I read. That’s my worst nightmare as a writer. That someone couldn’t immerse themselves in the world I had built. That they would be critiquing every little thing I’d written. I’m going to keep this book as a reminder of what I don’t want.
I started reading “The Devil Wears Prada” by Lauren Weisberger. It is a catastrophic read. First person is usually hard for me to get into, but for a good story I will push through. Lauren must love details. There was a page on how she bought furniture from IKEA, but her room was too small so she had to return it all. This was useless information. All the descriptions are overwhelming and redundant. The book must have become a best-seller because it was publicised that it’s based on that chick from Vogue. Otherwise, how does anyone else get through it. I’m waiting for the good dirt too! Unfortunately, this may be the one time the movie is better than the book. Blasphemy!
The descriptions and the first person narrative are getting to me, so I have to put this book down at the moment. I’ll pick it up when I am in editing or revision phase of “Brittany & Charli“. It is just too far from my writing style and has become off-putting. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable and a way for me to unwind after a long day. Not more work. Instead, I am going to start reading “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. It is first person as well, but I’m hoping because I adored “The Colour Purple” by Alice Walker, I will enjoy this one as well. I’m about to pick it up, so I’ll let you know how I go next week.
Now, you’ll have to excuse me. I’m heading into romance mode to finish off my current scenes. I’ve been moving chapters about, so this might be chapter 11 or 12. I have been adding and subtracting chapters quite a bit over the weekend. I found scenes were better suited in different areas. All about that flow!