Sunday, October 21, 2012

Yesterday I hated my novel

Yes, that is a ridiculous title.

But it's true.  I feel like I'm peer pressuring my book.  I want it to be amazing and to be captivating.  It's written in memory of a man who was like a second dad to me.  I wouldn't want it to disappoint him. I've put so much pressure on my book that I got to a point of hating it.  Yep, not strongly disliking.  I actually hated my book for six hours yesterday. 

I wanted to print it out, scribble all over it in red ink (to mark everything wrong with it), rip it up, and burn the pieces.  Seriously, it was that bad.  I wanted to "book burn" it.  Yikes.

But, my critique partner is AMAZING!!  She emailed me about two weeks ago, having finished reading and had given me some suggestions because my plot had holes and the problem wasn't strong enough for the plot.  I was lame and sat on them, completely discouraged.  I decided yesterday to ask for even more suggestions.  I needed advice on how to fix my book.  I felt like a mother who thought her baby was ugly.  And my baby was incredibly ugly.  Krista gave me some wonderful advice!  I'm soaking it up and totally fixing this baby!!  I also got some helpful advice from my best friend.  The good news:  I no longer hate my book.

I have decided that "Nameless" and "Unless" will become one book.  Without the two together, there are many plot problems and "Nameless" has no resolution, because it keeps going in the second part.  In addition to that, for an epic fantasy - the two are too short to be books by themselves.  The first part will be in Edom's POV and be mostly his journey.  The second part will be from Dalia's POV and is her continuing the story.  I'm very happy with this decision.  Now, I have to decide if I will be keeping the title of one of them or choose a completely different title. 

I am very happy with my decision!  My baby isn't ugly anymore. :) 

What do you think?  Do you think it's a good idea to combine the two, knowing that both parts will be in a different character POV?


  1. I think that's a pretty good idea, I like it when I get to see multiple POV's in one book, as long as it's done well. :)

  2. I love it when Crit partners put everything in perspective!! Glad you're happy with your book again :)

  3. Sounds like you have a great plan!

  4. Sounds like a good plan to me! Glad you're feeling better about your book now. :)

  5. I think it sounds like a good plan, too. Good luck!

  6. i understand getting sick of a story & not knowing what o do with it, totally! having an awesome crit partner w/a new perspective does wonders! even if you dont use all their ideas, they can spark a new one that you need! glad you found yours!

    happy writing!!

  7. A good critique partner is worth her weight in gold - nay, in Unobtainium! I had the same experience with Lamplighter's Special. I knew I hated the ending, and my wonderful crit partner pointed out a huge hole. When I rewrote it, everything fell into place, thanks to her.

    Hurray for critique partners!

  8. It always helps to have a trusted reader to turn to. So glad you found your direction!