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Internal & External Conflict

Now that I’m at a critical point in my revision process where I’m about to join the two parts of my manuscript (the revised with the second half), I’m having questions and doubts popping into my head. Which brings me to the title of this post – internal and external conflict. Do my hero and heroine have both?

Does my heroine have a fear or a problem that only she can solve, something that is affecting the way she behaves? Does she have something outside herself – in the world around her – that is causing her grief?

And will she grow and change from these experiences and the process involved in solving both her internal and external conflict.

Now sometimes these conflicts can’t be solved as they are out of the characters control, but they can be accepted which is part of the characters personal growth.

And it’s important that the characters share the same external conflict. It gives them something to solve together and brings them closer.

I did a quick note taking and I think I’m safe… for now. 😉

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Corrections

When belonging to a critique group, one has to have a thick skin. You are passing your baby, your pride and joy, into someone else’s hands and letting them scribble all over it in red and blue pen making changes, or rather, suggestions, that they think will be helpful.
Take it just as that – suggestions!!!
When you get home and stare at all the crossed out words, add-ins and question marks, remember that they are just suggestions. You have the final say about what you decide to change or fix. You don’t HAVE to do anything you don’t want to – it’s your book after all.
But remember, these people who you have entrusted your manuscript to are trying to help, trying to get you that much closer to the finish line. And another set of eyes does wonders and catches things you missed.
I am very grateful for my critique group and love them to bits. I have learned so much and I will miss them over the Christmas holidays.
Merry Christmas guys. We’re back at it in the New Year.

Romance writing

Merging of Words

Well, I finally finished my revisions on the first half of my book. What a nice relief! So last night, I merged my revised half with the rest of my book and now I have a complete manuscript again. My word count is just over 72000.

Now I have some more revisions to do to make sure the last half of my manuscript matches the first half. It may sound a bit daunting, but I am actually looking forward to it.

I’m on a mission to complete it before Surrey and that is what I am going to do!

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Pitch

Yesterday I received an email about Deb Werksman and the Casablanca Authors Blog. There is some amazing information on that site that every budding writer should know to get their work seen. She is also hosting a contest for today only – send your pitch – and what a nerve-wracking experience it has been for me.

I was working on my pitch, getting it ready for the SiWC, when I came across this blog so I gathered up my notes and put together a quick pitch. After my hubby took a look at it – and he is NOT into romance novels whatsoever – he gave me the thumbs down and I was back at the drawing board.

So today, I sat down in front of my computer at that particular blog site and hashed out a new one – it took me all morning but I came up with one that I liked. I feel it explains the core of my book which was something I wasn’t able to explain last year, but I also feel it is plot driven instead of just the hook.

But that’s okay, because I want feedback. I want Deb’s help which will steer me in the right direction when I pitch to an agent in Surrey this October.

I’ll let you know what happens.

Romance writing

Figuring it out

I have been writing like crazy working out scenes and asking myself – does this make sense? Will the reader understand what I am saying and have I answered any questions the reader may have?

I am working my way through a crucial scene – something that happens before my hero and heroine meet, but it is the common factor that brings them together.

So, I write in my little black notebook, which I take with me whenever I can, and work the scenes out. I have been writing dialogue as well as the scenes play out in my head. I am enjoying this new development of my writing as it keeps me on track.

I am considering the idea of recipe cards pinned up on my board with all the scenes mapped out to see at a glance. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time now but my notebook is working fine for the moment.

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Inspiration

It’s been a good month or so since I’ve been to my critique group due to various events that came up in my hectic life. Yesterday, I was finally able to go with my revised first chapter, and besides a few bad cliches, I did pretty well.

After supper, the urge to do my corrections hit hard. I changed those cliches, took care of some past tenses and I can see a big difference already.

Looking forward to correcting chapter two.

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Synopsis for a Pitch

I’ve started to write a synopsis of my novel that I plan to pitch at the SiWC. You need to get down to the heart of your story in order to answer the question “what is your story about?”

Last year at the conference I asked myself that and went into immediate panic mode. For a novel that I had been working on for years and knew the characters like I know my family, I couldn’t believe I didn’t know the answer to this obvious question. Yes, there’s emotional turmoil, a love triangle, betrayal, a broken friendship, etc, but that’s not what my story is about – that’s what happens to the characters in the story.

So, now I am writing a quick synopsis of the all the key points, making sure it flows as the first half of the book is undergoing revisions.

I’ll let you know how it turns out, what I discover about my novel, and how many pages I emerge with. 🙂