Having a Whinge

Having a grumpy ‘I hate waiting’ day today. Also a ‘my mansucript sucks and is boring’ day. There’s lots of emotion in there – I’m actually wondering if there’s too much! – but it still feels boring! Maybe I’m too close. Maybe I need to put a car chase in there to liven things up. 😉 But y’know, with Modern Heat, it’s all about the internal conflict and that means keeping external stuff to a minimum. My characters don’t seem to do much but go from his house, to her house, to a restaurant, to a beach, back to her house… You see what I mean? This does seem to be the case with other Modern Heats I’ve been reading (and actually some Moderns too!) but when I read mine, it just feels like there should be more happening. I could stick in a mountain climbing scene, since my hero is a climber, but then that adds nothing to the romance and I’d only put it in to indulge myself.

Aaanyway, which is why I’d really, really like to hear back about what they think of it right now. Like everyone else with subs out there, right? 🙂 Think I need to go out on an NTAI spree…

Failing that, I could work on the five other manuscripts that I’ve got festering away on my computer, all in various stages of being re-written. In fact, I seem to have been in re-writing mode for the past six months. I’ve got the initial stages of a new idea but I keep getting distracted by my earlier manuscripts and ideas on how I can make them stronger.

Anyone else re-writing an old manscript? Or do old stories go down the bottom of a drawer never to be heard from again?

12 thoughts on “Having a Whinge”

  1. Oh yes, re-writing with bells on – the same ms for the past four (yes, that’s FOUR) years. And it’s still pants. In fact, I think it gets worse with each draft. I’ve got maybe a day before I have to send it off to the RNA and I know it’s nowhere near good enough.

    Funny you should mention that you think not a lot happens in yours, that was one of the things I was thinking about mine. My report last year advised to cut or severely prune all scenes where heroine and hero weren’t together and now my story arc’s as flat as a pancake.

    Having said that, I severly doubt your story’s boring. Your blog posts are riveting and I’m sure your manuscript’s the same.

    Yay for NTAI shopping.

    XX

  2. Ah, Suzanne, thanks for your lovely comments. And I’m sure your ms isn’t as flat as a pancake OR pants! Send it away to the RNA and see what they say…
    Hey, there’s a limerick in there somewhere. 🙂

  3. Had to delete my comment because Janette sneaked in there and my comments didn’t make sense anymore (that is if they did to begin with!).

    I prescribe chocolate and NTAI shopping 🙂

    As for re-writes I’m sure I heard it’s relatively rare to get a ms accepted with no revisions required so it’s a good skill to add to the arsenal (weapons imagery feels appropriate 😉

  4. Commiserations… I’m a puddle of woe waiting to hear as well. Almost four months and not a word of whether or not they’ve even got my mss!! 🙁

    As for rewrites… I WISH I was at that stage. The moment I can’t seem to stop starting novels but don’t actually get to the rewriting stage!

  5. Hi Jackie. Yup just finished a massive round of re-writes. Am also toying with my first ms – maybe changing the emphasis slightly and sending it off to another publisher. But I’ve got the new ms at the moment – and I’ll have to see which one calls the loudest. Take care. Caroline x

  6. Hi Jackie

    Sorry to hear you’re having a bad waiting day. I’m fully with you on that one. I had a horrible moment earlier when I saw our post lady striding around the cul-de-sac with a large brown envelope under her arm. In the minute it took her to finally deliver our post (bills) I’d convinced myself it was my ms being returned to me with a standard ‘no’. This business is not good for the nerves.

    As Suzanne quite rightly pointed out, it’s very unlikely that your ms is boring, judging by how wonderful your blog is. You’re writing style is fantastic, throughly engaging and highly entertaining. I read your winning 1st chapter on the Presents site and loved it, and I know you’ve written a lot more since then.

    I’m with you on the worrying about the locations/excitement thing, I had the same qualms too. Whenever I read a Modern Heat though I’m always much more interested in the chemistry. between the H & H, it’s the sexual tension that makes it exciting for me, most of the time I barely notice the location if the writing’s good. As far as I’m concerned, as a reader, most of the entertainment comes from strong dialogue and we know that’s something you excel at.

    It’s very difficult to leave old manuscripts alone (as I’ve learnt to my determent) but I think it’s probably better to go with the new story than try and untangle the old (purely my opinion of course – it works better for me).

    Hope you’re feeling better about it all – chocolate always works for me!

  7. Janette – yep, plenty of that happening too. Maybe it does compensate! 😉

    Lorraine – yeah, definitely revisions are almost always required. Luckily I have experience!

    Rach – I shouldn’t complain. It’s only been 7 weeks for me. I feel your pain though!!

    Hey Caroline! Good luck with your rewrites. And a new ms? Sigh, maybe I should go with something new too.

    Kristy – thanks for reading my poor old chapter! And you’ll probably understand now why it was rejected. 🙁 But thanks for your lovely comments. And thanks for reminding me why I love Modern Heat too – that sexual tension and dialogue! Who needs car chases eh?
    I will be commencing with the chocolate and the NTAI…

  8. The ms I’m working on is in it’s second iteration. Luckily I realized faily early on that I started in the wrong spot and was able to start again.

    Good luck with your rewrites!

  9. I’ve just finished my rewriting phase (and just between you and me it’s about time!) I don’t know what I’d do if I’d been at it for six months although I guess to some extent we all are 🙂

    When waiting buy shoes (I just have and I feel fabulous, is it wrong to consider building a whole room for them??)

  10. Marcy – isn’t it great to have the opportunity to write it again? Good luck with yours too!

    Lacey – no, a room for shoes is never wrong. Just ask Imelda Marcos. 🙂

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