I don’t know about any of you, but when I get a new idea for a book, get the outline down and start writing, only to have the writing take off and completely immerse myself in the new story-
I can’t help thinking:
‘THIS is it! THIS is the best idea I’ve ever had. With this book, I’m sure to catch someone’s interest!’
Problem is, I have this thought while starting just about every project. lol
When the first draft is finished and the editing and revising begin along with perfecting the dreaded query letter- the project starts to lose its luster. Will agents really be interested? What makes mine so different from all the other great ideas from great writers out there?
And when I fall in love with something new, I can’t help feeling a little pang of regret for my old projects. After all, I was just as in love with them while writing too! It’s not that I lose faith in them. It’s just that my shiny new idea with practiced and improved writing takes up the forefront in my mind.
I guess my question is, how do you find a balance between working on your wip (who has you completely enthusiastic and enthralled) and keeping up with the revising and editing and querying that your past projects demand? Do you put them on hold while finishing a first draft? Or do you divide your time equally between both?
PS- thanks so much to everyone who commented on
‘My Name is Katie. And I Suck at First Person POV’.
Consensus from the Comment Box:
Great examples of First Person/Present Tense:
Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Beautiful- Amy Reed
Something, Maybe- Elizabeth Scott
Water for Elephants
Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson (I actually HAVE this one and haven’t read it yet)
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist-Levithan/Cohen
Friction- E.R. Frank
Perfect Chemistry- Simone Elkeles
Cat’s Cradle- Atwood
Looking for Alaska- John Green
I Am the Messanger- Marceus Zusak
Bloody Jack- L.A. Meyer
Need- Carrie Jones
The Chosen One- Carol Lynch Williams
Sandman Slim- Richard Kadrey
You Suck- Christopher Moore
Some Fab Advice:
"You need to really just change your track. Pull that switch and forget everything you knew (or thought you knew) about writing 3rd PoV and start fresh as if you've never written before. It may sound silly, but this is how most breakthrough writers start. They'll complain that they don't think they can constantly use pronoun reference for their character the entire time. It steals personality and limelight, and all of what you've been building your sketch into. That's not at all the case."- Justin W. Parente-( quoting his professor.)
“you have to make sure to stay in your character's voice the whole time. The author can come through too often in a lot of 1st Person books. “- Jamie Grey
“You could go with the method writing approach. become the character and experience it from her perspective as you write it. “- Alesa Warcan
“just becareful you don't fall into the trap of telling or the mc explaining too much. But it offers your the opportunity for your character's personality to shine through. “- Laura Pauling
“my advice would be to really get to know your character. You have to step out of yourself and be them.”-Victoria Saavedra
THIS is why I blog people. Thanks to all of your feedback, my word count jumped up to 13k this weekend and I have officially found my ‘present tense’ groove. It’s almost like reading it- once you get into the story you don’t even realize you’re writing in present tense anymore.
Have a great Monday everyone!