I went and plotted a book. Now, before you all keel over with the shock of me--the worlds biggest pantzer--actually plotting a book, I'd just like to say that it isn't your regular, story-in-line type plot. It's more a rambly, whole heap of ideas thrown onto a page, type plot. I haven't changed the way I write, I just needed to get the ideas down on a page before they disappeared out of the brain. I think that's part of the reason Embraced was such a mess (the other reason being lack of time to revise). I actually wrote the first chapter and a half of Embraced at the beginning of 2006 and, back then, had a good idea of where I wanted it to go. But Destiny was contracted to be handed in first and that's what I began concentrating on. Then Bantam contacted me and wanted the hand-in dates switched. I think my first words were along the lines of oh crap
. And those words were barely out of my mouth when all the lovely ideas I'd had for Embraced just went slithering from my brain and were forever lost. Of course, I hadn't bothered to write any of them down, and ended up having to muddle my way through, desperately trying to remember what I'd actually intended.
Not this time. This time I will have notes to remind me of what I intended. Which is not to say that I won't veer seriously away from the notes, but at least they're there if I get stuck. And I have to say, I'm liking the ideas. A lot. There's going to be a dramatic turn of events for Liander and Rhoan in this one, and, as I mentioned in the previous blog, the return of a major character. And I am so
looking forward to bring that character back. Of course, whether I bring said character back in a good way or a bad way is just something you'll have to wait for and read. (insert evil laughter here) :)
But back to Embraced. I've finished the major rewrites, and am now doing the line edits. I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the way this is shaping up. It may have been a mess, but I think it's becoming a pretty powerful story. Hopefully, anyway. I guess I won't know for sure until it's out on the shelf and being read. Which is only another 6 months away! :)