Sunday, October 21, 2012
Yesterday I hated my novel
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?