Wow, it's been six months since I last posted on my blog! If I haven't mentioned it before, I'm a crime and trial junkie. I've been wrapped up in the (in)famous Jodi Arias trial. A woman who stabbed her ex-lover nearly 30 times, slit his throat, then shot him for good measure. The epitome of a woman scorned.
This is the stuff of novels, though if anyone were to have written it, nobody would believe it was true. Each new day brought with it another tale of filthy deceptions. Anything to get her out of First-Degree Murder, which carries the death penalty. It had all the hallmarks of great fiction -sex, lies, and yes....audiotape!
Perhaps a lot of you already know me from my HLN Crime Fan page on Facebook, where we've discussed this trial ad nauseam. I've enjoyed meeting many new people that I now consider friends and hope they'll follow my blog as well.
I love reading, but I gravitate toward mysteries, detective stories, and true crime. I write what I read, which is what they say authors tend to do.
So, for those of you that might have wondered what happened to my psychological thriller novel, it was put on hold while I allowed my mind to stray. Not a good thing for a writer, as I've realized. Much like exercise, if you miss one day, it can turn into two.then three..and so on. Writing is the same. Every author will tell you to write EVERY DAY, and they're right. If you don't, the 'muscle' becomes atrophied (yes, another metaphor to exercise, but if the shoe fits.).
When I received the feedback from my editor (who is WONDERFUL), I was overwhelmed by all the changes that were necessary, and I let it get to me. I didn't know where to start. I felt like I had to practically re-write the whole novel. I've begun the process, and let me tell you, as a first-timer, it's ARDUOUS. However, I want to make this happen, so I have to do it - no more excuses! Life is way too short, and this has been my calling since childhood.
Now I see why some authors take YEARS to write a novel.the easy part (for me) is the writing - EDITING is the bear. Learning what areas to tweak, which characters you (sadly) need to part with, and what you need to expand on to make the reader identify with your story and fantastical people. It's a learning experience and can only serve to make me a stronger writer in the future.
There will ALWAYS be 'another trial' to follow, but now that I have a break, I'm making it my mission to forge ahead and work on the book. I need to find a balance, which I've never been good at. That Billy Joel song, "I Go To Extremes" seems to have been written for me! I'm either gung-ho about a project or totally ignoring it. I'm a great 'starter,' but this time, I need to be a 'finisher.'