Friday, July 15, 2011

What's Going On

There are now five people who've read Drivers—besides me. I've gotten some good feedback, and version 3 is coming along well, I think. Sometimes it's hard to implement a suggestion, like adding emotional impact to the beginning of a scene. No ideas yet. If none come, I'll just leave it. With this manuscript, I'm much more wary about making major changes. Everything seems to be working so well in a broad sense.

Drivers is dark. When people started telling me this it kind of took me by surprise. It's dark? It's sad? It's really depressing? And I smile, because that's what I was going for. It doesn't seem that dark to me, though. Maybe because my eyes have adjusted to the dim light after five months.

But it ends well. I love it, anyway, and no one's complained yet—except about what does or doesn't happen to the bad guy. To be honest, I'm leaving him available for a sequel. Drivers stands alone, but it doesn't have to. There are possibilities.

There are always possibilities.

But, oh, what I'm thinking would be so cruel. Poor Ash and Zephyr.

I'm smiling, now. Am I sadistic or what?

Anyway, once I'm done with this revision, it's off to a couple more beta readers. And then another pass or two of editing. And then—I guess I'll query. Speaking of which, I keep changing the query. The latest version is on the DRIVERS tab at the top of this page. You can even leave comments, dear readers, if you wish. Oh, and the first scene is there as well.

And that's what's going on with me. What about you?

p.s. Hey, relatives-who-live-nearby, if you don't want to wait for version 3, I have a printed copy of Drivers version 2.5 you can read.

5 comments:

  1. Editing Secondhand Shoes. This morning I finished the first book in my novella series. Still trying to figure out who the main character will be in my other WIP. Two characters went out of control and took the riegns over. I din't intend for this to happen. Hair lopping in about two hours until nine tonight.

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  2. I love this story. The dark is dark, not oppressive.

    Can't wait to see how it does!

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  3. Also. I love how you ended it. In real life MOST people don't get what's coming to them. That comes later...

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  4. Shelly, does that mean you're working on three writing projects at once? That's amazing.

    Thanks, Jolene.

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  5. I'm a little late with this comment, but I just wanted to add that if you ever need another reader, Ben, feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I'm always up for a little critiquing:)

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