Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WIP Wednesday

Well, I've taken a much needed break (and in truth I'm not sure I could have avoided it anyway since I've been insanely busy) and I'm gearing up for revisions on The Picture. It's much worse off than I originally believed. I received a rejection from an agent who suggested that it was too short to stand alone as a single-title. Apparently single titles range from 80-100K. My WIP? It's standing at 45K. I've got to double the thing. It's going to be difficult but I've pinpointed some major areas that can be worked on and I've gotten some really awesome feedback from my crit partners.

I also need to research first person more. I need Nicholas to come alive somehow since we're not in his head. Or maybe I should add his POV in third person as a crit partner suggested. Has anyone ever seen that done? I haven't but if it's out there, I'll certainly give it a shot. That would add some serious depth to my story, not to mention some word count!

I have several beta readers waiting on it and I gave them a June 1 read date. I've been tinkering with the idea of leaving it alone for more than just this month. As in, possibly months or even until I'm done with my next MS. But when I think about how I do that with ALL of my books and now have about 5 complete Ms's waiting on revisions, I've decided it's time to grab the bull by the horns and not run from the unknown. I'm going to edit this MS to death until it shines like a new penny.

And you know what? I'm going to do it in a month! June 1st, people. My beta readers are going to have it in their hands by June 1. I'm limiting myself a 6 month time frame on this one!

I hope to have an excert for you all to read soon!


  1. Hey, welcome back to the blogosphere - I was wondering what happened to you.

    And good for you on going through with the revisions - I know you can do it!

  2. If you're asking if some writers have both first person and third person in one novel, then I'd say yes. However, those who have done it are BIG authors and not everyone likes that style. I haven't read your story, but what about changing it all to third person? Then you can add his POV. Also, with deep POV, you'll still have the feeling of getting inside each character's head and experience things the way they would. Is that why you chose first person?

    One more thing, I've read that third person is an easier sell... if that makes a difference.

    Lynnette Labelle


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