Michelle Rowen

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Back at it

And I’m back. Took a week and a half doing some freelance design work. How did I manage to write and design at the same time in the past? Both are mentally draining jobs. I guess that’s why in the beginning I did a book every 10 months and now I seem to be doing one every 3 months. Makes sense.

So, despite my “I’m going to write 50K this month because I know I can,” bravado, I am way behind in Nano. I have 10K. This is due to two reasons: 1) because I’ve been distracted by other things, and 2) because the project I’m working on has to be GOOD. I have that GOOD tag stuck in my head. And my head has interpreted that as meaning that the first draft that spills out of my brain has to be perfect. Not so! I need to get it out and onto the screen. Then I can tweak the bejeezus out of it later.

Case in point, TALL, DARK & FANGSOME. I wrote this book in a flurry over the summer. While my outline was solid, it didn’t really translate on paper. It was okay, but I my gut told me it was missing something very important. Doing my editorial revisions and thanks to my editor, I realized what it was, and I fixed it. I probably put 100 hours or more into the revision, rewriting and retyping most of the scenes from scratch. Essentially, I knew the bones (plot) were okay, but the surface (character, levels, conflict, humor) needed a mega face lift. And that’s what I gave it. In the end, since I was exhausted, I wasn’t sure if it was good enough still. But my editor was very satisfied with my revisions and accepted them with no further changes. I was so happy! I knew, in my gut, that the book was where it needed to be.

So, the good news is I don’t have any more changes on it. The bad news is other than copy edits and galleys, I’m all done with my vampires! :( I didn’t feel any sense of loss until I received the email from my editor telling me everything was groovy. And then I felt happy, but kind of sad, too! I’ve hung out with these characters since 2002, which is when I first got the idea. I didn’t really start writing it until ’03, but that’s a good chunk of life. It was easy to slip into Sarah’s POV. Kind of like slipping on a comfortable pair of jeans. While I really like the new characters in my demon book, It still feels a bit like a first date. Uncomfortable and a bit awkward until we get to know each other better.

But we’re gonna. And we’re gonna do it soon. I still intend on giving it my all to finish Nano successfully. That’s a lot of writing, but I know if I can get into the flow then the words will come. My betas are expecting it in a month. I have no other real plans between now and then, so all I need to do is commit myself to the story, dive into the world, and put my hands to keyboard. Simple right? *sweats*

I’m seeing Twilight on Monday. Looking forward to it. I see it’s not getting the best reviews, but I don’t consider that a prerequisite for me liking it (after all, one of my all-time favorite movies is the critically despised The Quick and the Dead). I’m not going to read the reviews, and I’m going to go into the movie with low expectations. The writer and director have good credentials, so I can’t imagine it’s that bad. I will report here next week on what I thought, of course. ;)

And So You Think You Can Dance Canada is still going strong. I’m still on Team Nico. I’m starting to think that it’s just possible he’s not the best dancer in the cast, but he does have that X-Factor (raowrrr). The same X-Factor Edward Cullen has. As a writer who would love to get that kind of reaction from readers about her hero, that is enough to warrant further study, I think. Yes, it definitely is.

If he doesn’t win the entire show, based on the fan reaction he gets from girls of all ages (and some guys), I’ll be very surprised.

2 comments to “Back at it”

  1. Stargazer
     · November 22nd, 2008 at 7:49 pm · Link

    I thought Twilight was GREAT!!!!! You’ll Love it!

  2. Michelle Rowen
     · November 22nd, 2008 at 8:07 pm · Link

    I can’t wait! :)

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