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I know I haven’t updated in a while, and I know I meant to, but life has gotten in the way and all that. I’ve been busy editing like mad the last couple months, applying for new jobs, reading, catching up on television, and working at the day job.

My original plan was to do some rough edits on the paranormal WIP, switch to the steampunk WIP and do some real editing and fleshing out on that, and send it out to beta readers while I do some real editing on the paranormal WIP. I’ve finished the rough edits on the paranormal, and I’ve begun edits on the steampunk, but I have found myself running into two problems.

First, I can’t get my paranormal WIP out of my head. It’s the first novel I’ve finished that I have serious thoughts about publishing. I want it to be great. I want it to be perfect, at least in my head. A big part of me just wants to throw myself into it and not come up for air until it’s ready for at least my writing partner to read. This is a two-part problem, because I don’t really have any beta readers lined up for this WIP, but I do have people who want to read the steampunk WIP. Some of whom are impatiently bugging me about it every time they see me. So I’ve reached the point where I feel like I’m pushing myself to work on something that I am having trouble getting into again (don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love my steampunk WIP and how it turned out in the first draft – I’m just not in the mood for it right now) for other people. I want my writing first and foremost to be for ME, I want to create something that I love, and then share it with whoever feels like reading it. I love that people want to read what I’ve written, but is it wrong to make them wait when my brain is so clearly elsewhere?

My second problem is that I still feel untrained. I’ve been reading a lot more than usual lately, and I keep thinking ,”Wow, this writer is so brilliant, I wish I could do that,” or “This is something my novel is clearly lacking, and I need to educate myself on how to fix that.” I’ve started seriously reading the “Write Great Fiction” series and already I’ve come up with a good handful of things I need to improve on. I want to build and edit and revise my paranormal novel as I go along reading these writing craft books. I’ve only read three chapters of “Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint” and I feel like I’ve learned so much!

The short conclusion is that it takes a lot of hard work to become a good writer. It also takes talent, and an idea that you feel really good about.

So, I think I’m going to continue educating myself, and work on the paranormal WIP as I learn more. Because really, I have to be in the right genre mood for the right WIP to make it work. I’ve been watching the UK Being Human recently, and as it’s plot has similarities to mine (vampires plotting to take over the human race, etc.), it’s been very inspirational. As has the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells (buildup to a mage vs. vampire war).

Of course, it’s not helping that I am being bombarded for countless other story ideas, since I’m not actively writing anything new at the moment. Maybe I should have something new going – but I really don’t have the energy right now. I really am loving the whole editing thing. It feels like progress.

Also – just discovered that Being Human has a soundtrack… that came out last year… and on one told me…

As usual, feel free to comment/discuss/share however you see fit. I welcome any suggestions on how to deal with my two problems. 🙂

Happy writing/reading/editing!

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