As 2015 came to a close, I spent some time reviewing my successes and challenges. There have been many of both, but fiction writing is the most important to me. It was a busy and challenging year.
One of the most challenging things about 2015, for me, has been the time between signing with LRA and publishing. I have done a lot of work since finishing Great Gray and that work is waiting. Instead of letting it collect dust in the hard drive, I have decided to share a little. I have posted the first chapters of both Great Gray and Rise Above the Flame here on my blog.
I am currently in the throes of revising Rise Above the Flame, having taken a couple of months away from the story to work on a new middle grade novel for NaNoWriMo. Knowing me, I will change the title twelve times as I go through, but for now, Rise it is.
It’s always interesting to revisit a story when you have been removed from it for a while. For one thing, it’s far less painful to kill my darlings. I’m finding places in the novel, many of them, where I wonder why I thought a sentence or a piece of dialog was so important on the first revision. There are also places where I have no idea what I was trying to say and had to add context to create a scene that makes sense.
That is the value of giving yourself time between revisions. The space brings the story and the characters into focus.
Along with revising, I am still working on my new middle grade novel. Switching between revisions and a new novel is interesting. I have discovered that just as time and distance helped me to better edit Rise Above the Flame, time spent editing makes it easier to streamline the writing in my middle grade novel.
Early 2016 will be spent getting both novels in shape. I look forward to sharing more as the year progresses. I am also looking forward to starting work on another young adult project that has been banging around in my head.
At the same time I am planning out the year of writing, I am also making mental space for edits to Great Gray when it sells. I hope to be spending many frenzied nights balancing projects and creating new and wonderful stories to share.
Here’s to a new year, new projects, and great success for everyone!