Spring Writing Bootcamp - End Of March


Hard to believe we're already at the last day of March... which means the end of my revisions too!

Okay, not quite. My plan was to be done with revisions on my NA book MORE THAN MUSIC by today, but I'm a tiny bit behind. I realized I had to rip out a huge chunk of the ending and completely redo it, so I have about 5-10k to completely rewrite now.

Then I watched this documentary called ARTIFACT about the music industry, and it inspired me to change a few things in my book. Most of the changes will be adding things to existing scenes, but I also want to add a new scene or two in the middle. Unfortunately, this means my revisions won't be done today, but I do think these changes will make the book even stronger when it's all done. I'd rather take my time and get the book as good as I can, instead of rush it and not be happy with it.

By the way, if you're interested in the music industry and how it's changed over the last few years, ARTIFACT is a great documentary (bonus: it's directed by, and features Jared Leto). I think it's especially informative to watch as an author and think about how the publishing industry is going through a very similar upheaval right now with ebooks. One point that was made is that more people are listening to music than ever before, but at the same time, the artists and the record labels are making less money, and they have to change their business model to accommodate this. I think the same might be true with the publishing industry, and it's something to think about as an author.

Anyway, my goal for this week is to FINISH! I'm SO close, and once I add these new scenes and the ending, I'll be done. Then I can send it off to my CPs and see what they think (and pray they don't have too many changes for me).

So here are my writing goals for this month:

APRIL
-Finish up MORE THAN MUSIC
-Outline the two related novellas I have planned.
-If there's time, start drafting the first novella.

I'll check back at the end of April with how I did and with my goals for May. Now, back to the revision cave!


15 comments:

  1. You always need to do what's best for the book. It might take a little longer but if it's stronger, do it!

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  2. I will check out that documentary (BTW you didn't mention Jared Leto was in it... ) :)
    We have so many more ways to hear music online now that it makes sense the old conventional models don't work. You're right that similar things are happening with books, and reactionary measures are often missing the mark. I personally think adapting to accessibility is crucial, but it's going to take time. And I get that publishers still want to put out quality books, which take time. Authors can put out their own content faster, but time will tell who survives; those gatekeepers still have a pivotal role in creating great books, not just OK books. But they need to adapt too.

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    1. Good point - I went back and mentioned Jared Leto is in it (and directed it) since that was definitely a selling point for me too. ;) And yes, I totally agree with everything you said here. It's something I think about a lot these days.

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  3. Definitely better to take your time so you're happy with everything! I hope you manage to finish and your CP's have good things to say about it. Good luck with your goals this month! :)

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  4. Good luck in April! Extra time is always worth it when you know your book will be even better for it :)

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  5. That sounds like a really interesting documentary. I'll have to try to remember to check it out! (Adding it to the list!) How wonderful that it gave you further insight for your MS. Have a great week!

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  6. That's awesome that ARTIFACT inspired you so much - I'll check it out! Good luck finishing up your revisions this week. It's definitely better to take your time to make sure it's right. You're almost there!

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  7. I'm a documentary junkie. I'll have to check out ARTIFACT. Sending you virtual caffeine to power your goals.

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  8. Wow, that's really interesting about the music industry. And sad! Sounds like you're doing lots of awesome things, I can't wait for you to finish!! :D

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  9. Oh, Jared Leto is in it? SOLD.

    Good luck with your revisions! :D

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