The Shark Tank

My sincerest apologies for not having updated recently outside of the A Spark Unseen launch. Finished reading the book a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic. One of the things I love about Sharon Cameron is that she is able to write a love story without making either of the two characters too mushy. I am not a fan at all of one character throwing themselves away for another. Sharon could have easily of made Katharine whine and gripe and completely shut down because her love was no longer in her life. Need I remind anyone of New Moon? Instead she made Katharine stand on her own two feet, go out into the world and stand up for everything that she believes in. How awesome is that? A girl who will fight for her love and for her family instead of shutting down when something doesn’t go her way!
For those of you that are writers out there this next bit will be more familiar to you. Right now I am getting to the point in my story (WIP=Work In Progress) where I see the end. I feel like this is a big deal for me because I am quickly approaching the third year of working on this story. I feel a lot of self-doubt about that number. I hear stories of people finishing books during NaNoWriMo and then spending a few months polishing them before sending them out. Every time I hear that an author wrote the book in a month I turn back to my own story and want to chuck it out the window. If they can finish it in a month then why is it taking me so long to finish mine!
A few months ago during the ForeverYA panel some of the authors mentioned that it did take them a few years to write their books before they were published. This makes me feel a little better. Then one of them said that book that they spent years writing may have been the one that got them an agent, but it was not the one that sold. That had me feeling kind of down again. Why am I going to spend all this time and all these tears and agony writing a story that will never get published? The answer, even if it’s not my favorite, is because it gives you practice.
Everything that I do starts off as a really big idea. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a dreamer or if it’s because I just naturally have big ideas and large plans for everything. Take the A Spark Unseen Blog Hop for example. That started off as a regular blog tour with about fourteen stops and then because I found someone who liked my grand ideas (Sharon) it became a forty stop blog hop. My stories are all the same way. I have HUGE HUGE grand designs. Then I get smacked down to earth while writing the first draft. Throw almost everything away and restructure everything for the second draft.
That’s about what I’ve been doing for the past year. I looked at my WIP, tilted my head and squinted my eyes, and saw the good bits surrounded by the bad bits and knew I had to rescue them. So I did. It took me a really long time to do it. There were a lot of emails, tweets, and Facebook messages between my CP’s and I. A lot of conversations where they had to talk me down from a ledge and out of a depression brought on by the frustration of thinking I am a terrible writer. Now I’m near the end of this draft. After that I know that I have a lot of polishing to do, but I also know that unlike last time, this one is it. This is the story that I wanted to tell from the very beginning.
If you ever wonder where I am during a long absence I’ll just be over there, swimming in the big shark tank.