October 16th, 2006

u2 wide awake

Mo’s JoNoWriMo Check-in

My trifecta of goals:

1) Complete requested revisions of YA novel and re-submit to agent.
DONE. After writing additional scenes and deleting ones that weren’t working hard enough, I was surprised to find that the manuscript ended up with almost exactly the same word-count. It was one page shorter!

2) Re-read and revise where necessary the YA novel I finished two years ago.
I started working on this, but haven’t gotten beyond the first three chapters.

3) Rewrite middle-grade mermaid novel, since I wrote it five years ago, and I like to think my writing has improved since then.
I spent my time at the beach this weekend writing (sh**** first drafts of) two brand new chapters, then polished and re-wrote until I found them less offensively bad. (The setting certainly demanded that I work on the mermaid story instead of the YA.) It was difficult to get back inside this MC’s voice. I’ve spent the past couple of years working in edgy teen voices, complete with profanities. The mermaid story is more lush and descriptive, and I won’t use swear words in an MG. I must listen carefully to this MC’s softer voice.

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