Sunday, March 18, 2007

Violet...the Lost Chapter

So, an update. I am not done with my first book. I thought I was. I am already hard at work on the second book. But that's beside the point.

The agent who asked to see my whole manuscript really likes it. She also really likes the idea of a series, BUT she still thinks the end of my book needs to be more fleshed out. I can see her point, but it's frustrating, to put it lightly. I keep telling myself, SHE is the expert. And maybe I'm too close to the material to really see the whole picture. And Nathan and I did agree that the end was like a mad dash. (I mean, you should have seen my first draft, it defined the expression "bare bones.") And while some things can be left up in the air, it still needs to feel resolved. It may be one part of a series, but it should still feel like a complete book. Duh.

Soooooo, all that to say, I am writing the lost chapter of Violet. Not a chapter that I intend to tack onto the end of the book, oh no. I'm strategically writing it as the next to last chapter, and keeping my final chapter pretty much as is. I hope that my first draft will be done by the end of this week, and then I can send a revised ending to the aforementioned agent.

This is quite a process. Have I already said that?


Brad said...

i hear yuh. writing always seems to be more about rewriting.

but ...

hmmm ...

could it be that the penultimate chapter, which you are now penning (does that word even work in an electronic world? whatever), will have implanted some key seeds for Violet: The Sequel, so it isn't all in the final chapter.

just a thot to go along with continued prayers for a productive and profilic week of work.

you're almost there, and the fact that this agent knows good stuff - no, knows GREAT stuff - is way encouraging!

creme brulle [sorry for misspelling] and cosmos on the way this weekend perhaps to celebrate?

amy said...

Thanks, Brad!

Thanks, too, for the bit of advice about laying in some plot points that could be resolved in the second book. What a sneaky and great idea! ;)

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