I’m Baaaack

September 21, 2008 | Karin's Blog | 11 comments

And hitting the ground running. That was the quickest 2 days of my life.
Today is my youngest daughter’s 25th birthday! I can’t believe it. Time sure flies by. The big bachelorette and bachelor parties were this weekend. I have seen neither since my return home last night, but my spies tell me they are alive.

The wedding is less then a month away now, and I have a deadline that has crept up on me. Hitting forehead against desktop. Why did I actually think I had some wiggle room? My editor called me Friday morning in Tahoe to go over the 100 pages I sent her. The 100 pages I rewrote 53 times. She liked! Well, there are a few things I have to change but overall she loved the characters and their story. Whew. But she wants another 100 pages the week of the 29th, plus the changes. And oddly, I am not worried. I know exactly where this story is going. It will be more a matter of my typing speed and back holding up. Even though I had to rewrite those first 100 pages so many times it allowed me to get to know my characters, especially my hero, Stefan, who has been the reticent one. His lady, the Princess Arinarhod, is a pistol. Love her. And I love how she confounds Stefan.

So, for me, deleting chapters at a time, then rewriting them only to delete them again works.

Have you ever had to do that? Delete rewrite, delete rewrite, then delete and rewrite some more?

K*

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11 Comments

  1. Edie

    Karin, I’ve deleted and rewrote, but I don’t have an editor to tell me when it works. I felt that it worked, though.

    Love your characters’ names: Stefan and Princess Arinarhod. Have fun writing their story!

  2. Margaret

    Delete, rewrite, delete, rewrite, yeah, I’m there right now. 🙂 But I don’t have a deadline that is editor induced. Normally, I do a lot of that with my stories anyway as I tend to rewrite as I go along. I like to think it decreases the overall editing of the final product (snork!)
    –so speaks the naive unpub. 🙂
    Margaret

  3. HollyD

    Delete, rewrite, delete, rewrite. I didn’t know there was any other way of doing it.

    On Sunday our power went off for 29 hours. Friday night our power went off again, this time for 40 hours. I was in computer withdrawal. On a good note I finished reading 6 books.

    I’m glad you had a good weekend. Good luck w/ the next set of pages.

  4. Karin

    Edie, the entire ‘feeling right’ vibe is so important. I knew when I wrote the prologue it was right on. The first chapter? I knew it was wrong as I typed, but I needed to go through the motions so that I could find out what I needed to do. As much as I was frustrated by the process, it really worked well for me. It was like taking a class on my characters.

    Margaret, one day soon you will have an editor guiding you!!

    OMG! Holly. I was glad to have limited Internet access while I was gone for two days! But on day three I would have had to put myself out of my misery. But reading six books? Yeah, baby. I almost finished reading Shannon McKenna’s EXTREME DANGER in Tahoe. Really good stuff.

  5. Marcia

    No, and if I have my say about it, I never will. I’ll do my damnest to fix what I currently have first. That method works for me. *shrug*

    With the little time I have left during the day to write, every second is important to me. If I delete a chapter, it’s gone. There’s not rewriting it back. That’s why I try to give my stories as much forethought as I can before any words hit the page.

  6. Amie Stuart

    YEAH!!!!!! I finaly figured out how to get you in my Google Reader! WOOT! It’s like Christmas. Smooches babe.

    um…yeah, the last book, first novella, I ended up scrapping what I thought was the ending *sigh*

  7. Buffie

    Karin, glad to hear that you had a nice few days. Sounds like the next month or so is going to be really crazy for you. Guess you have hit the ground running . . . just hope you are not running in heels 🙂 LOL!

  8. Karin

    Marcia, I envy your non deletive life!

    Kath, I hear you on the characters telling you to rewrite them. It’s what happened to me this time around. My heroine? I knew her the minute I named her. My hero? We’ve been through two books together, but he has always been so quiet and moody. I had to keep writing and rewriting until I finally got a thumbs up from the temperamental bastard.

    Yay! Ames. I’m on your Google Reader! Whoo hoo, life is good! So, um, what’s a Google Reader?

    Buffie, no heels for me this week. 🙂

  9. Kath Calarco

    Delete-rewrite is the name of my current WIP. Wrote it about four years ago and now I’m rewriting it entirely, keeping just the main characters, one in particular who told me he hated how I wrote him the first time around.

    Happy Birthday to your youngest! From looking at your picture it’s hard to believe you have a daughter four years younger than you. 😉

  10. Karin

    LaD I didn’t read six books in a week, Holly did! And it does sound like heaven!

  11. LaDonna

    Hey Karin, glad you’re back and had a blast. Six books read, sounds like heaven! And yep, did the deleting thing a time or two. The one I’m working on now will need some of that, I feel it. But like you said, you get a character “feel” and when you’re on, you’ll know it. Here’s to finding the little darlin’! 🙂

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