Rewriting Revelations

Hold out this time oh health! Hold out until I can do some more writing.

Let me copy something from my livejournal here. Hold on…

I woke up Saturday, having had creative dreams about yet another story that I’m not writing, but I was smart enough to lay in bed for about an hour, and think about my current active project, and you know what, I think it helped. I realized why the muse isn’t sitting on my shoulder. I know what this story is about, but I’m in chore mode with it–conversion mode, rather than sitting, and listening to my characters talk to me about their feelings and relationships. This is the thing that I think made so many readers enamoured with the first version of Substance, and so I’m going to spend more time listening and hearing my characters. I’ll have to really expand the first part of the story, and let it go the direction it wants to go.

The other thing I realized I’ve got to stop doing is worrying about the size of the book and its marketability. I’ll tell the story first, and see what we’ve got later. If it’s not the first book I send out, it’ll keep until later. But I’m gonna write it right. I know that there are marketability concerns, but these do change over time, and I’ve got to trust my story teller instincts first.

And finally? I’m going to go back and make all the introduced things part of the story. No need to start them off at school in the story, no need to introduce Professor Borgia. These things should already be there. I’m producing crap, and this is why. It’s almost amateurish at this stage, but I see more clearly.

Regress, progress, regress, progress…


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.