There is finally news about the novel I submitted to Tor(TM): My book was rejected, but it was also critiqued and I am lucky enough to say I received feedback. Much to my relief, the feedback has been exceptionally useful. I am writing the re-write of the book now and can tell a big difference than I could before.
What was the main piece of feedback? Tighten up the beginning. After setting my mind to this task I began paying even more attention to the action in the beginning of the story and can honestly say the beginning is much better now than it was, although I did like the original beginning, but as for crafting the beginning part of the novel, it is now much better.
Receiving a rejection is something you try not to expect but somehow try to prepare for. It isn’t easy. There is always great excitement and hope when you send out a submission while at the back of your mind you know it might not make it through. The editor might have a toothache; a child might have gotten bad grades or skipped school the day before your piece gets there; or they may have recently been in an argument with their spouse/significant-other and a character of mine may resemble or remind them of said significant-other/spouse and make them mad all over again.
It is quite easy to think “editor” and immediately think “out to get me” – which I have heard from fellow writers before. The main thing I try to remember is that an editor is a human being, and even on the heels of a rejection it isn’t easy to remember they’re human.
For the past little while an idea has been tickling the back of my head: Don’t worry about finishing this novel, start something else. Oh how tempting this idea is! I have had my mind on this novel for over a year now and I would love to think about something new for a little while! I want to finish Book I, but at the same time I need a “change of scenery” in so many ways!
My question is this: How many people go through this during re-writes?
Have you ever wondered that? I mean, novels are wonderful things, usually, and writing them is one of the greatest joys I have ever had, but what do you do when the novel needs a re-write and you on the the edge of being bored with it? This is actually a very dangerous thought because, what if you stop to take a break from it and then never pick it up again? We do it with books and therefore I am sure we can do it with novels we are working on, too.
Should I really take a break for, say, a couple of months and then pick it up again? Should I just begin a new piece and continue to work on the novel? Not writing at all doesn’t really feel like a solid option to me.
- 52 Weeks of Feedback (meghanjoyward.com)
- Use Caution with Advice from Editors & Agents (terrywhalin.blogspot.com)
- Friendly Reads – 12 novels that celebrate our BFFs (theinsider.retailmenot.com)
- A balanced writing diet (nevalalee.wordpress.com)