Sunday, June 14, 2020

WeWRiWa: Herding Cats . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT Final Revisions, #WeWriWa


If you've ever had one cat, let alone the three I have, and have tried to put them in a carrier to go to the vet, you’ll know exactly where I am this weekend in the last revision of RISE BY MOONLIGHT. I started out my career as a one draft writer – from my typewriter direct to the bookstore. That pretty much continued for the majority of my career, with only minor bumps along the way. . . until I started the final By Moonlight book in a series that began over ten years and 14 books ago. Over ten main couples, 14 major villains, and an MGM cast of thousands of secondaries, each with their own issues demanding to be addressed in the 400-some pages I have . . . Okay (deep breath) I’m OCD. I can handle this. They all just have to get with the same program . . . like the hero and heroine in this excerpt.


“I don’t want to change who you are, Max, and hope what I am is still what you want for the long haul. I’ve never cared what anyone else thought of me or wanted from me . . . until you. If you need me to be something else, someone else, I can try if it will put your mind at ease and let you sleep nights. I can’t bear for you to be miserable.”

The first glimmer of dampness in her eyes brought him around the big table to crouch at her side so they faced one another and the problem directly. His stripped bare honesty clutched at her soul.

“Charlotte, who you are is who I love. I would never demand that you change. But I would ask you to be careful and to understand my fear isn’t due to some lack in you but rather a weakness in me that couldn’t bear to face a future without you, especially now. All I ask is that you not jump to be the first through the door in every situation.”

Like them, I thought I was golden until I sent my 98,000+ word final edit out to trusted Beta readers who loved the storylines and the characters but . . . agreed that they didn’t mesh into a satisfying story. Too many choppy scenes. Too much secondary character drama. And worst of all, a climactic ending that just . . . wasn’t. And this a week before the project was slated to go to my line editor! For a book I promised would be out in July!

So . . . action scenes yanked from mid-book to ending, favorite chapters and characters gutted (No paragraphs were harmed, just saved for extra content!), and the last third of the book all reshuffled. Eyes crossed and finger flying, I’ve got the final few scenes left to restructure and then . . . another read through. I can’t wait to see the project I never wanted to end off my frickin’ desk!

Taking a step back . . . Just a reminder that The HOUSE OF TERRIOT four-book boxed set is still on sale to catch you up on those pesky plot points. Have them all read (but not re-edited!) and be right up to speed for the RISE BY MOONLIGHT release in July!



   

One last word to my characters . . . Don’t go changing! I’m serious. No changing, not even a word!

Have a great Sunday, fellow Warriors!



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21 comments:

  1. He doesn't want to lose her. Understandable, and sweet!

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    1. Indeed, he doesn't. It would mean losing himself, again.

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  2. This sounds like a gargantuan series. No wonder trying to weave all the threads into place in the final books is so daunting. But I absolutely trust you will get it done with flying colors. This excerpt is so sweet, so touching. Excellent snippet.

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! It's now off being line edited. Finally a break. Whew!

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  3. Typewriter direct to bookstore? That's brave and confident! I always reckon my first draft to be little more than a quarter-way to publication, because those trusted critique partners and beta readers always show me how much work is still needed to knock it into shape :)

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    1. From the handwritten pages to typewriter to the publisher would put it into print without changing (or checking!) a word! That was Zebra (Simon & Schuster) back in the early romance boom. What I meant was that I was a one draft writer . . . until I joined a writers organization.

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  4. I feel your pain. Glad to hear you have wrestled the beast to the ground! Enjoyed the snippet. Such a great connection between them.

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    1. Thanks, Alexis! Beast vanquished . . . until I get line edits back.

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  5. The paragraph beginning "I don’t want to change who you are" doesn't work. I suggest you start all over from the very first word.

    Just kidding! Really, I am! I know the pain and uncertainty Beta readers can cause. For my upcoming book, two beta readers said the situation and premise were great . . . but one, whom I particularly respect, said the premise was unbelievable. What to do, what to do?

    Back to your snippet. These two seem like they're almost saying their wedding vows, which I'm sure you intend.

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    1. Geez, Ed. You had me ready to start the whole dang book over again! Reaffirming their vows perhaps as they're already married. Love my Beta readers. They were right!

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  6. I enjoyed the excerpt, so much emotion there. I'm always impressed and happy as a reader when the two main characters can talk to each other meaningfully about such important and delicate subjects.

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    1. I know, right. A supposed romance couple who is always in conflict . . . or never argues is always suspect to me.

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  7. I enjoyed the emotional snippet. The heartfelt banter pulls you in from the start.

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  8. This is a great moment between them. Very emotional.

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    1. Thanks you, Elaine! Emotional for me, too, since it's my last chance to emotional torture them.

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  9. These two characters are just so good together! There's something so hot about an alpha being brought to his knees by love. lol

    Hang in there, Nancy! I have complete faith in you that you can keep all of these characters in line--especially the ones that are ready to fight at the drop of a challenge (which might be most of them). ;-)

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    1. LOL! Yes, they are a feisty, emotional bunch which is why I've adored working with them!

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  10. You can do it, girl. The pressure of the deadline will force you to get this right. I know you. LOL You thrive on this. I'm so excited to read this story. As for today's snippet--oh, wow. She would change for him? What a great guy that he doesn't want her to change. He sure puts his over-protectiveness in a kind/sensible way.

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    1. Thanks, Di! Pressure off for the moment. Spent all day yesterday in the sun and or bingeing ROME while RbM is off being line edited. Refueling!

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  11. Charmaine Gordon says: June 20 at 8:30 AM, 2020 Nancy, I always enjoy your snippets.

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