Getting Better?

Maybe I’m getting better at writing. With over a year of working at it under my belt, and over two hundred thousand words between multiple drafts, I feel like it’s possible.

I started reading the Devil’s Due again, and I feel like the writing itself is pretty decent. Not perfect, no, but not nearly as awful as I was bracing for on an early rough draft. Maybe it’s because I am comparing it to the work of mine I found that is almost 8 years old. Or maybe, just maybe, I’m getting better.

I am a bit concerned with the plot, particularly for the hero. As well as his motivation. But in the early part of the story, which is where I’m revising right now, I feel like I am bringing both the desert world the heroine lives in and both of their personalities to life.

I need to figure out how to bring the end game villain into the early part of the story even though he’s on the other side of an ocean. Tricky, but I need to lay the groundwork so it doesn’t feel contrived later. Also trying to work in some of the fantasy pantheon important to the later plot early without making it too much tell and not enough show. And making sure the heroine stays strong despite starting the story as a slave.

Interestingly, this is the first time I can remember where the characters have their own “theme” song. Whenever I want to get into the heroine’s head, I put on I am Invincible by Cassadee Pope. Whenever I want to get into the hero’s head, it’s The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez. If I want to be reminded of the hero, it’s Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift (I know, but don’t judge.) The musical accompaniment has helped me tremendously. I’m not sure why, but I’ll take any help my muse sends my way.

I’m worried that I’m looking at my work through “rough draft goggles”. Sorta like beer goggles, and just like beer goggles, sometimes you need a friend to talk some sense into you. It can be so helpful to get a little quality feedback early on so you don’t have such massive rewrites later.

Not ready to show anyone the story, not yet, but I have started running some of the characters past DH.

We have that long car trip coming up, so here’s me hoping the kids sleep and DH is feeling like talking about my fictional characters.