Thursday, March 13, 2008

Rewrites: Angst or Joy

This has been quite a week. On Monday I got to hold Deadly Exposure -- Yeehaw! And I got my cover for Sandhill is gorgeous! And I got my rewrite letter from my editor for Captive Dreams.

Also this week, writers on an eloop I'm on have been moaning about and rejoicing in rewrites. Seems writers fall into two groups: those who dance for joy when they get their rewrite letter and those who sulk, balk, and dread the same missive.

I'm not sure where I fall yet.

The letter I got for Captive Dreams is my shortest to date. I'm taking that as a sign that maybe, just maybe, I'm improving with each book. At the same time, I'm finding an interesting thing. Because the letter was so short, I'm really combing the book as I go through it. Maybe subconsciously I'm convinced the editor missed something -- though one of the comments was to look for places to smooth the transitions.

This book was pure work for me. Canteen Dreams was a breeze to write...merging of passions. Sandhill Dreams was work but a I loved the story. Deadly Exposure was nothing short of tons of work, but I really wanted to see this story through. Captive Dreams I hated. Until about one week before I turned it in. Then I thought there might be something worth redeeming in the book.

Now as I read it with some distance...I'm enjoying it. Even as I find ways to improve it.


Pamela J said...

The first thing that struck me is 'things always happen in threes' or so I have heard. Your first paragraph tells three things that happened that you are excited about. Well, maybe wondering if the third was a 'joy or angst' subject, but you hoped it was joy.
But isn't that just like us? We either are jumping for joy or moaning about something.
I'm finding it hard to "Count it all joy", expecially in my headaches all night. I know I was up at least three times. Now I've gone and done it... Now I have to turn around and be thankful for it... and joy? Well, I got some things done while I waited in the night for it to stop hurting enough to go back to bed and rest awhile longer.
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Debby Giusti said...

Hi Cara,
I usually don't mind rewrites because I know they always improve the work. The problem can be with the turnaround time, especially if I'm working on other deadlines. Guess that's what makes this writing life so exciting!

Congrats on all your success!

Becca Dowling said...

Interesting that we tend to second guess ourselves: "convinced the editor missed something..."

Thanks for being frank about the work of writing each book and your feelings about your books. Encourages me to persevere.