Hello blog readers! I’m done with my YA novel, and I’m letting it sit for a few days to see if I need to make any last-minute changes. But, god willing, I will make my 11/1 deadline with no problems.
I’ve also started working on my literary novel again. I had done one rewrite in the spring, then sent it to friends for comments, and now I’m revising based on their comments. I ended up rewriting the whole first act of the book, but then a crazy thing happened: the plot joined up with the plot of the previous draft! Normally if I start a blank page rewrite, I assume I’m gonna have to keep going and rewrite the entire thing. But this time maybe not! Who knows. I mean, the characterizations are now subtly different, and the tone and voice are a little different, so I’ll probably have to rewrite at least half of what I just copy/pasted back in. But that’s okay!
I know some writers don’t like to combine two different drafts. They don’t like how the the tone is a little different in different drafts, but I think of that as being a feature! It’s sort of a layering. In a book you want the protagonist to have that dynamism, and I think it’s hard to encapsulate their different sides in the same scene–so ideally you want some scenes that have some parts of her and other scenes that have other part. That’s an effect you get naturally when you wrote the different scenes years apart.
In other news, I’ve become kind of a collector of proverbs. Maybe this is part of becoming an a parent, but I’m really dredging them up from somewhere. For instance, a friend is looking for an agent the other day, and I told her to "begin as you mean to go on." Meaning you start the relationship in the same way you want it to proceed.
Proverbs are kind of useless because either the other person has already heard them and ignores them, or you instantly need to explain what you mean. But they’re still fun somehow! I mean most of what we say, in conversation and text, is total nonsense, not just meaningless but lacking in mellifluousness as well. Proverbs have the advantage of being well-written, so they add that extra juice to your speech.
Now I’m trying to think of other proverbs I use a lot, and I can’t. Will have to report back