Tuesday’s bits and pieces

I’ve had the first bit of feedback from the first draft of my first novel.  It was hard.  She didn’t love everything about it.  Granted, neither did I, but that’s neither here nor there.  What I found the hardest was that she didn’t love my Heroine.  I do.  But I can totally see what she means.  Now I’ve got used to the idea of being criticised, it’s not so bad.  There were some great things I’m going to use for draft two.  Which I’ll be starting soon. 

I’ve changed my mind about the next book I’m going to read.  In the lounge yesterday I found a novel I’d bought in a supermarket ages ago and lent to my housemate; Destinations by Shelia O’Flanagan.  That’s going to be my next book.  It should have been back on my shelf, so I don’t really feel like I’m cheating and finding an aditional book when I have 60+ waiting to be read.  Gone with the Wind will come soon. 

I went to the library to return some books yesterday.  Why do I find it so hard to stay away from books there?  Walking through yesterday (which you have to do to get out – you can’t get out the entrance – sneaky!) I was pulled towards two shelves of books.  Luckily I had enough self-control to not get any out.  I don’t understand.  With a whole shelf of books to read, how can I want any more?  I despair of myself!

I didn’t really do much on my writing course yesterday.  I have planned to do at least 20 minutes a day. Every day.  Until this assignment is compete anyway.  Maybe I did actually, I did some research, surfing the net, so maybe I’m not all that bad.

Also yesterday… I wrote a little for ‘Holiday’.  Not too much, but a little, which is a big step really because I’ve found it really hard to pick back up after writing Italian Infatuation.  Bad timing though, I want to be going through Italian Infatuation on for the second draft (or II 0.2 as I like to call it), not carrying on with that too.  I wonder if I’d be able to do them simultaneously.  I wonder if it’s like languages?  At GCSE I was worried about doing French and German at the same time, thinking I might get muddled up.  My teachers said I wouldn’t.  I don’t think I did when I did them both.  Could writing be like this, or would writing Holiday while editing Italian Infatuation confuse things?

Right.  I’ll change my ‘now reading’ picture as I’ve been reminded (thanks McPete).

(I just had a little heart attack – instead of adding tags to this, I moved it to ‘trash’.  Heart stopped.  Very relieved you can ‘reinstate’ blogs once they’ve done there.  Can’t believe I’ve not done that before!)

3 thoughts on “Tuesday’s bits and pieces

  1. I’ve never had anyone give me a critique of a WIP. I had one of during the editing process of my book but that, I think, was a bit different.

    However, I think you’re fortunate to have someone offer advice and it sounds as though it wasn’t too awful.. Hang in there!

  2. Critique of a WIP can be so dangerous. They are fragile little creatures, afraid of the light. Critique can toughen them or break them. Good luck with re-writes.

  3. I’ve been thinking about what you both said about critiquing a WIP and realised there is no way I could have gone on to the second draft without someone saying something about it. I’m just not objective enough about my own work, I would have thought it was brilliant (nearly). Practice I guess…

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