It. Has. Happened.
I have finally (FINALLY!) hit my groove in TSS. I’ve hit it in a way I never did during the first or second drafts. After a solid 2 months feeling like writing=death, I’m finally having positive feelings about it again. Imagine that.
Besides drastically revamping the plot, there has been one change that is making a huge difference: adding the POV of the male hero. I didn’t even consider doing dual POVs during my first two drafts because this book is in first person. I can’t count how many reviews I’ve read of dual POV first person books where the reviewer complained they couldn’t tell the two POVs apart. Hell, I’ve made that complaint many times myself. So, out of fear, I avoided it. Too hard to do well. Too hard to query. Too easy for agents to reject.
And that was the problem. I was focused too much on how agents would view the book rather than on what was best for the story. The added POV has given this book the spark it was missing. I kept telling myself I was unenthusiastic about the other drafts because writers always hate their own books. But I was feeling far more apathy toward the book that I’d felt about either of my first two books. Something. Was. Missing.
I’ve found that something in a kidnapped prince, and I love him for it. Well, I love him for a lot of reasons, not least of all because he’s a bit less…pessimistic than my leading lady. It’s a joy to switch to his perspective half the time after writing only hers for 8 months. My lifeless little book has been given a jolt of energy.
(Side note: please remind me how optimistic I’m feeling right now when I decide next week that I should give up writing.)
I’ve still got a lot left to write to finish this draft (you know, like, 50k :-O), but it’s coming along faster than usual because 1) I can copy and paste large chunks from prior drafts and 2) I actually know most of the details. I started writing again on May 6th and have written/pasted almost 20k since then (about 4k pasted, 16k totally new words). I’m purposefully not setting deadlines for myself, but I certainly wouldn’t be sad to see this thing done sooner rather than later.
In other news, I decided to read more adult novels this year because I was feeling YA burnout. 7 of the 19 books I’ve read this year have been adult (that’s 37% WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?). The good news is, I’m over my YA burnout. The bad news is, I’ve been neglecting MG books and have only read one this whole year. I’m trying to fix that now, though, and just started Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos last night.
Here’s to hoping my writing enthusiasm doesn’t fizzle out any time soon.