Wednesday 25 April 2012

Swimming Through Treacle

Another long time, no blog. It's poor really, I wish I could fit everything in effortlessly. Like Maisey Yates for example, she has small children but is just so productive. Whereas I seem to have day after day at the moment where I reach the end feeling like I've run a marathon but with actually very little to show for it.

The WIP is currently half-finished. I received revisions on Chapters 1-6 at the beginning of April, mainly focused on building up the hero. I can totally see where the editor is coming from - I've got so carried away with my heroine that it's become very much her story, her journey. Strangely, considering my How-To book addiction and all the help I've been lucky enough to receive, this is the first time I've fully understood that it needs to be a 50-50 split story, a journey for both hero and heroine that converges.

Somewhere during April I've begun feeling like I'm swimming through treacle with this. The kids were off for the Easter break and at the same time we bought a puppy, something we've planned for ages. I knew the puppy would be hard work at first but I just totally underestimated the time I would spend supervising the small one with him, dropping everything to put him on his pee-pad (I have read everything I could lay my hands on about housetraining) cleaning up, driving the older two around (their social life surpasses mine) etc etc. When all I want to be doing is sitting at my laptop working out these revisions and then writing Chapters 7-9. The editor checked in with me last Monday and I just am nowhere near happy with what I've got, certainly not enough to send it in to her yet.

The frustrating reality is that much as I love writing and want to spend every spare moment on it, it isn't something I'm paid for and I have a million other things shoving it down the priority list. As a result I don't think I'm doing anything particularly well right now.

Sorry for being moany! I will hopefully have more positive things to report soon. In the meantime puppy has woken up so I'm back to supervising! Bye for now.