Blogs by John DeDakis
A Creative Setback...and Opportunity
5/14/2008 2:58:27 AM
What do you do when you find out your manuscript isn't good enough?
First, you mope.
I'd hiked the Inca Trail to Peru's Machu Picchu -- one of the seven wonders of the world; I'd taken that experience and embedded it into the manuscript of BLUFF, my second mystery/suspense novel in the Lark Chadwick series; I'd gotten a lot of constructive feedback which I'd molded and kneaded into six drafts of the manuscript; then I'd sent it to my agent who has just informed me that it still needs more work.
BUMMER! (Or words to that effect.)
After getting the bad news, I made a brief visit to the dark side, but quickly realized it's not a pretty place to hang out. I've been depressed before and it's no fun. So...I jumped on the treadmill to get some exercise and then got to work with revisions.
To be sure, I have a long way to go, but one thing making the process less daunting is an organizational technique I outlined in a previous blog posting. Early in the writing process I created a document that enables me to get an overview of all the scenes in the novel. So, rather than slogging through the manuscript line by painful line, I can first assess the scope of the novel from a more detached distance. You might call it Brooding from Above.
I'll get bogged down in the minutia soon enough, but for now I'm getting ideas for how to whip this sucker into a shape that my agent will love. That's the challenge. At least, in my disappointment, I have hope.
More Blogs by John DeDakis
Ode to a Mentor....Or Letter from the Grave - Thursday, September 23, 2010
You Should Write a Book - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Ever Feel Inadequate? - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Change is Good - Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Overcoming the Fear of Rejection - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Beating Writer's Block - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
What a Manuscript Editor Does (and Doesn't) Do - Monday, September 07, 2009
Confessions of a Cross-gender Writer - Saturday, July 04, 2009
5 Ways to Stay Organized While Writing a Novel - Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Writing for the Ear; Writing for the Eye - Sunday, May 17, 2009
Plan a Little; Write a Little - Friday, May 01, 2009
Building a Novel - Friday, April 10, 2009
Writing a Screenplay - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
VICTORY! - Wednesday, January 07, 2009
A Creative Setback...and Opportunity - Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Heading to the Inca Trail - Saturday, September 15, 2007
Solving the Time Problem - Thursday, April 05, 2007
Simmer Mode - Saturday, March 31, 2007
The Art of Flitting - Friday, February 02, 2007
Brooding - Monday, January 29, 2007
Scene Building - Sunday, January 14, 2007
Getting Stuff Done - Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Connecting - Sunday, December 03, 2006
Making Revisions - Friday, December 01, 2006
In Search of Balance - Sunday, November 12, 2006
The (sort of) Daily Muse - Thursday, November 09, 2006