UPDATE: This was when I was writing my very first novel!
Last week I had a few crummy days at work, got super bummed out. Cried for two nights, tossed and turned in my bed feeling sorry for myself and misunderstood. And then I had a dream that it was Monday night (Labor Day) and my family was hugging me because I had finished the revisions on my novel. Remember last year, I wrote about how I submitted my manuscript to my agent and he sent it back with a list of things to change?
Well, those “things” took me a whole YEAR! It’s really hard to work that creativity muscle 24/7. At work I write feature stories, at home I work on my craft column and late at night I work on my fiction book. So I’m basically bouncing around from third person to second person to first person each and every day. Using the words “was” and “to be” make my eyebrow twitch these days.
So – those revisions took forever. But after that dream, I told Patrick and the kids the next morning and they all told me – almost in unison: “DO NOTHING BUT FINISH YOUR BOOK THIS WEEKEND!” I could tell they really meant it. I bet they are sick and tired of hearing me talk about all these crazy characters named Estrella, Chloe and Maria Juana. Roller derby girls and glitter. Craft competitions and reggae bands. Firemen and vandalized murals. Whoo! That does sound tiring.
Last weekend, I did NOTHING but work on the book. From the second I woke up to the minute before I went to bed. I even popped up a few times in the middle of the night to incorporate scenes I thought of. Sure enough, Monday night, my family hugged me for finishing. Today I sent the manuscript to my agent and she (I have a different agent now) is reading it this weekend and will call me Tuesdays to discuss. So that’s why I was away. I spent every night this week, reading and deleting and tightening. I rewrote my first chapter 22 times (since the beginning) and know it will change again. My wrists gave out, so I wrapped them in Ace bandages, downed some Advil and pressed on.
Now I wait on pins and needles to until Tuesday to find out if it sucks. That would be painful news, but at least I can say I FINISHED!
Did you know there are a lot of crafty-themed fiction books out there (Hopefully mine will be among them someday…)? I call it “Crafty Lit”. Here is a new paperback I picked up – i love the name: Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik.
Love & light,
Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).