So many drafts!
One thing I’ve really noticed about myself as a writer is that eventually, I get to this point where I stop being able to tell what is good or not. Grammar and spelling are easy to check, but there comes a point when I’m too familiar with the work to be objective about it. I’m almost to that point.
I have finished going with all of the edits from my editor, Millie, and it has been a long time coming! I had a lot of distractions this summer, but it is good to finally be able to finish up ‘The Varken’! Millie gave me some great, big picture notes that I will be looking at fixing, and there is certainly plenty of room for improvement. I am going to be doing one final big read-through of editting and then it’ll be off to beta readers for some perspective! I’m really looking forward to getting their notes and thoughts.
Meanwhile, when it is out of my hands, I will be working on formatting, getting the cover art in order, writing the back cover, and all of those fine little details. Somehow, finding the right font sounds both relaxing and intimidating at the same time! But it will be a welcomed challenge.
Besides ‘The Varken’, I will also be spending a lot of my time on two other big projects:1) Getting our (my husband and I) musical publishing company up and running! We have already had inquiries from a few schools, churches, and theatres about producing our musical “Scarlet: The Outlaws of Nottingham”, but in order to do so, we need to get it published. While the script and score are almost ready to go, we have the big picture details to work out, including a company name, website, fees, and all of the legal stuff.
2) NaNoWriMo! I’m trying to decide if I want to have a new project for this November or if I will just work on The Book Book. But since there is so much time, I think this coming November might be a great opportunity to take another stab at The Blessed. That will allow me the coming months to rework the plot, the characters, and the outline in preparation, while at the same time, being able to work on writing The Book Book.
As you might have noticed, there are a lot of writing projects. Editing ‘The Varken’ (and Fractured, a Jekyll and Hyde musical), writing ‘The Book Book’ (along with an Atlantis inspired musical), prepping Scarlet for publishing, setting up a website, outlining ‘The Blessed’.
Jeremy and I have this theory that having more than one project is a great thing. Then, time is always being utilized. If I feel like writing, there is something to write. If I feel like editing, I can do that too, or maybe just pulling out the story maps. It is good to have scheduled time to sit and do this or that, but it’s also good to be able to go on a ride when the muse shows up for whatever reason.
I will keep you posted as things progress, and I hope to share with you soon more about all of the writing that happens in the Phillips home!