Welcome to July. No. I was all set to write my July IWSG post but I couldn’t access my website. Then things got worse. If you’re interested you can read more here.
Welcome to August. A thousand things I thought might interest you have passed through my head like a soft summer breeze. This apology for an IWSG post comes to you courtesy of the Insecure Writers Support Group. Let’s visit and thank our co-hosts for the month:
and LG Keltner!
The nominal question of the month is:
Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?
My answer: Yes to the first. Constantly to the second. I think the best bits of my writing are when the characters take the story somewhere I wasn’t expecting. I’ve stopped several times and said ‘whoa!’ when I put down my pen.
That doesn’t always mean it’s good for the reader.
I was very pleased with my first version of Princelings book 9, finished in May. My beta readers were confused by it. However much I liked the things that happened they didn’t ‘get’ the idea of the serpent eating its tail, time-wise.
So after a good few weeks thinking, I headed off to Camp Nano for the second half of July and rewrote it in ten days. Well, I rewrote the first half from scratch, moved various sections over for the second, and edited the wholly jolly lot including reading it aloud to the guinea pigs. That really is the best edit you can do. Guinea pigs are optional, you can substitute cat, dog, plant, or goldfish if you like. It’s 14,000 words longer :O but they are better than the first ones.
Although, of course, it’s now back with my beta readers, and anything can happen.
As for anthologies, I was disappointed to realise that the story I had started work on in June had missed its deadline. Another submission didn’t make the cut. So now I have to turn my mind to the IWSG Anthology, which closes on 4th September.
I can write 59k words in that, at Camp. I must be able to get 3.5 – 5k beautiful words done in time.
Voyages. MG Historical, Fantasy… time-travel. It’s made for me!