My feet are cold. Just thought I’d share that. La la la tee dah…. do do doo …teetle dee…dum ta dum….fa la la la la la la la LA!
Oh? what am I doing, you ask? Welllllll – I’m procrastinating! I was rocking along with VKBook2 and then it all fell apart. I just went “Huh?”
You see, when I first wrote VK – that Really Rough Draft of long ago, I wrote 200,000 words in a fury–it was …well, it was AWESOME, even if the novel sucked and needed much work. Because I was writing and writing and writing my very very first novel ever, and all because Angie Ledbetter prodded me (bless her bless her!).
I later took half of that manuscript and worked on it – let Virginia Kate’s voice shine through, and the end result is Tender Graces. Well, the other half was long put away. I took it out once a few years ago and worked on it, but I didn’t remember how far I’d gone into the story. Until today. Yup, I saw how far I last was. It is obvious. There is an obvious LINE of “Good Virginia Kate,” and “Bad stilted yucky bleah gork barf Virginia Kate.” I mean, from one chapter ending to the next chapter beginning is so very different. It’s quite interesting to see. It shows the growth. It shows all kinds of things I could teach in a class! I could take that manuscript and point to the Before and After and we could discuss the processes that brought it to one point from the other.
So, lots of work to do. I am considering just trashing everything from that LINE forward and again letting VK speak through me and tell her story…yes! EUREKA! The stuff after the LINE isn’t her. It sounds more like, well, more like ME (I hadn’t gotten out of the way yet)…it may make another book somewhere down the road, but not this book. Not my Virginia Kate. I do think putting my fingers to the keys and letting Virginia Kate and all the other characters tell their story will be much better than trying to keep any of the stuff after that LINE. I’ll take the stuff from the LINE on and put it up somewhere.
Oh, I’m so glad we had this talk! Thank you…teehee….now, back to work!