It's all about the links this week. Here's a good one about why your novel was rejected/what editor's want and includes some useful things to think about if you're not sure why your book isn't quite working:
I'm off work at the moment so, in theory, I've got all the time in the world to work on novel 2 (well, 24 hours a day if I don't sleep). The only trouble is I have been sleeping - a lot - and watching TV - a lot - and getting out and about - a lot - and faffing around - a....you get the picture.
It's weird isn't it, when you've got a day job you think, "Oh, if I could just give up work and write full time I'd get a lot more writing done" but when you do have time off you write exactly the same amount as you would if you'd done a full day at work.
Well I do anyway.
Over the last few days I've written between 1,000 and 2,000 words a day. Not that my word count has grown much. Today I deleted all the words I wrote yesterday and wrote something new (I changed my mind about the right way to approach a certain scene). I also went back and tweaked a few scenes. When you write romantic-comedies your novel has to be humorous and my first 4,000 words were decidedly NOT. For a while I worried that I'd lost my 'funny' but an idea for a scene came to me today that actually made me grin while I was writing it.
Which is a good thing.
I read an interview with Sophie Kinsella the other day that said something along the lines of, "If a scene doesn't make me laugh when I'm writing it it obviously doesn't work, so I go back and re-write it until I do laugh."
I'm starting to understand the way I write - I need what I've written to be structurally sound before I can move on and write more. If I don't it bugs me and I find myself thinking about what needs to be fixed or what doesn't work and I feel blocked and can't write.
So things are good and I'm actually enjoying writing book 2 (crossed my fingers when I typed that bit!). My aim is to get to 10,000 words by the end of the year.
Book 2 wordcount: 6,339 / 90,000 (7.0%)