So, it’s been a few days.
Between THE WORST hay fever OF ALL TIME and end-of-MS angst, I’ve been a bit of a blob. I’m a little disappointed in myself for not hammering out a short story this week, but I think I needed the rest. I leave for Turkey in 10 days and need my strength!
My goals from Monday completely fell through, except the Read for fun, goddamnit one. I did, goddamnit! I read Every Heart a Doorway and started The Winner’s Curse and am SO happy I did. The Winner’s Curse is a master class on the first ten pages, which is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
Because what did I do instead of writing?
- Edited my manuscript for a few hours
- Researched 15 agents
- Picked 5 for my first round of queries
- Wrote 3 rough draft queries
- Broke the bones of my WIP project Iron Queen and began to reset them yesterday.
I’m really proud of myself for having done anything to do with submitting/agents/queries because it’s something I’m terrified of, but managed to do with some gentle encouragement from my older sister (aka her yelling at me over text) (which is surprisingly effective).
The last one is the one I’m most excited about. Remember how I said I knew I needed to break the bones of one manuscript before I reset them and began to rewrite it?
I’ve been slowly working on my rewrite of the book since my 100k writing binge last August but then I panicked while I was in the shower yesterday because AN AMAZING IDEA OCCURRED TO ME. I sat on my bed in my towel and speed-wrote 1000+ words of notes, my wet hair dripping on the laptop keyboard, because I was frantic to get it all down before I forgot it.
Basically, I’ve realized that Iron Queen has spent the last few months TRYING to tell me that it’s a fantasy re-telling of the 11th century Persian romance Vis & Ramin, the tale of star-crossed lovers that eventually made its way to Europe and became Tristan & Iseult.
So to sum up in a word (or two)? LOVE TRIANGLESSSSSsss
By adding just a single character, I threw in more politics, war, and political assassinations than I know what to do with, and made the betrayals a million times WORSE.
IT’S LIKE THE CHARACTER WAS FILLING A HOLE THAT WAS THERE THE WHOLE TIME, AND NOW THINGS MAKE SENSE, AND ARE EVEN MORE FRAUGHT AND ANGSTY AND WONDERFUL
I AM SO PLEASED
So it’s like 10am now, and I really want to get started on today’s goals:
- Read for fun, goddamnit
- Type up at least 40 pages from green notebook for Iron Queen
- Begin to re-outline Iron Queen
- Edit/incorporate more beta suggestions for The Demon King
That’s all for today.
OVER AND OUT, JOONAM, I GOT SHIT TO DO