I must make my post short today. I've taken on quite a few major tasks for the duration of the summer. While I continue to work on Ripples, i will also be teaching two friends how to sew, heading up a writers workshop, and planning the next school year for my girls. Learning how to juggle all the things I want to devote time to is a constant work in progress. (If you like the photo above, check out the details on my devaiantArt gallery page.)
I'm at the point in the evolution of Ripples where I am, for the most part, confident in the content which exists. There are only a few niggling doubts as to its reception once it's out on the market. No matter what happens after publication, I am determined to continue writing. And I am determined to write in the way that fits best for me. My major concern is just doing it -- putting the words in my heart down on paper in a construction that pleases me. The monetary gains are far outweighed by the spiritual ones.
How do I revise? Well, I just read through it and fix what doesn't seem right. For three revisions, I read it through, tackling at least one chapter a day, from beginning to end. For the last revision, I read it backwards, taking the advice of Joan Dempsey who offers writing courses and some free advice for authors through her blog and newsletters. (I've learned a lot from her. You should definitely check her out.) This time I'm reading it from start to finish once again. I also found that taking a break in between each revision helped me see my story with clearer vision. I didn't burn out.
Something else I've had to iron out was exactly what kind of fantasy book is flowing out of me. There are no dragons, no magicians/mages/sorcerers, no unicorns... When I posted the first revision of my prologue on Scribophile, one of my fellow authors told me I had the start of a wonderful sci-fi novel. I have to admit to facepalm-ing and groaning. The prologue no longer exists in the current manuscript but the effort I put into creating my fantasy world may still lead to misunderstandings by the readers. I really just wanted to create a world in which fantastical things were possible and where I had room to create new creatures and plants. To be completely honest, it's rare for me to take the path well-trodden. While the uncut path scares me, it's still the one I usually end up taking. I happen to be much in love with the world of my heart. I hope I'll be able to convey that love in the words between the covers.
Did I say I was going to keep it short? Oh, well. So many words cannot be contained in so small a structure. They must eventually spill out.
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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