rewrites are from h-e-l-l. i know it.

The closer you get, the further away you are.

I never really had a use for that idiom before now. Pitch Wars didn’t land me a mentor, but it did give me some additional insight into what’s going on in the minds of others who read and choose stories to represent. Three of the four authors I chose took the time to write me a note/letter saying why they didn’t pick it. Which is more help than hurt. I’m thankful for the insight.

Much like the agents I’ve queried, it seems that I have found a voice when I write. My style is loud and clear and is pretty much liked. So now comes the horror… I’ve been told (officially now) that my story seems a bit too long for the YA market. Which is sad, since this story is a sweeping saga and no detail goes left behind and forgotten. There are tiny little things that are important to the overall story that are impossible to delete without taking away from the story.What to take out, what to leave in, what to rearrange so it works with the story overall… So many little things I don’t want to lose, yet I need to get my word counts down… or change genres.

Which leads me to changing genres… Could I really take this series to the level of NA and keep the innocence that my main character has? Am I going to have to sauce up a lot of the story? What I’ve read–personally, for fun–in NA has been just a little more R-rated compared to this one story I’ve written. But, if it’s too long for YA, and not steamy enough for NA, what classification would I put this under? I’m not quite sure one exists yet.

Rewrites are under way, being the most difficult thing I’ve done yet. Harder than those moments of being blocked. More difficult than editing and fixing. This is major changing going on… I just hope the end result is something to love and not something I have to hide away because I hate the way it turned out… Unfortunately, it seems that it’s more like the latter than the former more often as I have rewritten chapter two ten different ways, and nothing seems to fit.

I’m hoping someone will come across this post and leave a beautiful piece of advice in how to tackle some rewrites… or maybe let me know about a new genre that’s emerged. Either way, thank you for taking the time to read. Until next time..

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One response to “rewrites are from h-e-l-l. i know it.

  1. I feel for you. The only advice I can give is, set it aside for a few weeks and look again. Maybe a subplot can come out that will restore it to YA territory. . . . Not much help, sorry.


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