WHAT I’M READING
Seraphina by Rachel Watson. It’s awesome and the writing is wonderful. Aaaand the other night I had a fun dream that Rachel Hartman was on the same plane as me. Sadly, I woke up before I could meet her. Bummer.
WHAT I’M WRITING
Would you believe I’m still making my way through my edits? See, I rearranged a bunch of scenes and shipped it off to my writing group … who thought the order needed a bit more tweaking. THIS TIME I THINK I’VE GOT IT! And I’m charging full steam ahead. So, we’ll see if that bites me in the butt later.
So, you might want to ask: Kris, why are you editing the first 2/3s of the book when the last 1/3 hasn’t even been written yet? Shouldn’t you just always go full steam ahead in the first draft?
That’s a very good question. I’m glad you asked. As I’ve mentioned before, I was plugging along quite nicely when I hit the third act and got stuck. Beyond stuck. So I sent it to my brother who gave me lots of helpful critiques. As I went through these, I began to have a question in my mind about the essential premise of the book. I debated it for a long time, asked several people who are very familiar with the story and all had differing opinions, and fully decided we were all too close (me especially) and I needed a completely fresh opinion. Once I got that, the changes needed were huge. Aaaand I also realized I had written some scenes with one possibility in mind, and others with the other one. So, things were a bit goofy, obviously. And, as I’ve been going through these edits all sorts of new developments have been, well, developing and the tension is being amplified by, like, a million! See, I now realize part of my problem with getting stuck was I had killed the tension and there wasn’t enough to sustain the final act. (I’m a notorious tension killer. Good thing I have critique partners to yell at me when I do it!) The ending will be much different than it would’ve been. (Also, still not entirely sure how it’s going to all play out and I love that.) So, now this is all getting fixed and I can feel the third act finally within my grasp!*
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
There’s been a rash of Love Lists lately, and I need to update mine for FR. So, here we go!
- Lia and Jin
- Their interactions and dialogue–so much fun to write
- Gavin, the brother
- Jor, the neighbor
- Astrid, the best friend
- The Antangonist (who shall not be named)
- The UN
- New York City, specifically:
- Upper East Side
- Coney Island
- Summer time
- THE kiss
- Cute, post WWII neighborhood in New Jersey
- Unexpected connections
- Unexpected genetic traits
- Fortune telling gypsy
- Rocky coves in the Pacific Northwest
- Shattered windows
- Kicking butt and taking names
- The League of Nations
- Rooftop pool
- Red herrings and political intrigue
- Old photographs
- Pez dispensers
- And more fire!
WHAT ELSE I’M UP TO
First off, I just celebrated my blog’s two year anniversary! And by celebrate I mean I got an email from WordPress and said, “Oh, cool.” Yay!
Well, last week I went on a four-day camping trip dressed in pioneer-ish garb with a bunch of teenagers. I know it sounds weird, and it kinda is, but it was so much fun. I’ll be honest, being responsible for 9 teenagers 24/7 (with the Mister’s help, of course) was hard at times, but it reminded me why I write YA. I think teenagers are fun and great, and I want to give them awesome books to read.
Also! My CP, Kate Scott, interviewed me on her blog on Monday. You should check it out because, duh, it’s me! ~_^
*You know, as soon as I finish editing what I’ve got.
**You’re probably Huzzah!-ing that the long explanation is over.