Sweet Persuasion (Damon) is finished. Not officially finished, mind you, but I wrote the last word around 2:30 this morning and then staggered off to bed.
USUALLY I’m a one draft writer. I edit, revise and tweak as I go. Sometimes I can agonize endlessly over ONE sentence or a single word. Other times it flows faster than I can keep up. But this time I knew I didn’t have a lot of time because of other pressing deadlines and so I just sucked it up and wrote.
I hate sucking it up and writing. I envy writers who can just write whatever, knowing they’ll come back later and fix it. It gives me hives. I’m more overwhelmed by finishing a book and facing major rewrites than I am just taking the extra time to get it right the first time.
Well, I didn’t “get it right” this time. Oy! Far from it. I finished the book knowing that A. the hero has a lobotomy half way through the book because I changed an important part of his character midway through but didn’t go back and reconcile the early parts. B. there are two whiplash moments where the transition is jerky and abrupt, but at the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do “in the now” so I just went on and kept writing. And C. the ending? Abrupt. Disjointed.
BUT I do have time. Not a whole lot mind you, but the good thing about setting personal deadlines ahead of the “official” deadline is that it gives me time to put the book aside and let it percolate. So I’m shoving Sweet Persuasion into a dark, dark corner because I have to finish copy edits on Be With Me by the 28th and I have the proposal for Silhouette book 2 that is due June 1 and I still haven’t decided whose story Im writing next, Theron’s or Piers’…:oops:
My project for June is to finish Into the Lair. I’m a good bit into the story so I don’t face the daunting task of starting from scratch. Once I’m done with that story, then I’ll pick up the pieces that are Sweet Persuasion and plaster it with bandaids and stitches before shipping it off to NY by July 1.
July is going to be interesting…I have to write Silhouette book 2 that month and uhm I’m traveling two weeks out of that month :help: