IWSG: I've Spent the Month Doing A Major Revision

Brought to us by Alex. J Cavanaugh and the Insecure Writer's Support Group
It is already another month. Happy Ash Wednesday to those who celebrate!

With the new month comes another Insecure Writer's Support Group blog meeting! Hello. :) This is a safe place for us writers to come together and vent our insecurities to others who are doing the same thing. Visit our Master Ninja, Alex Cavanaugh sensei, and the group's websites to join in with us!

Life update: I started a new blog that's more like a diary for my regular life. If you're interested in it, poke by to see me at Confessions of a Girlchild.

Writing update:
Way back in October when I got flooded with agent/editor likes during DVPit on Twitter, the amazing Jodi Meadows offered to look at my first few pages for me. We started talking, and I ended up being a sensitivity reader for her next book, Before She Ignites, and she also offered to look at my complete manuscript in the new year.

And boy, did she! For the first time, I received in depth, line-by-line feedback and an edit letter that laid out the plot points of where my manuscript was falling flat. If you have followed me, you know I've had a hard time getting CPs, and when I did, they didn't even stick long enough to finish reading the book for one reason or another. So with every revision, I've had to rely on myself, which was frustrating. I put my all into looking over the work of others, so when it's not reciprocated with the same dedication, I always feel like it's something I've done, or that my writing is just THAT bad that they can't even finish it. I also feel bad for being frustrated because at least 3 of the people whom I had handed my manuscript to had personal problems they had to deal with, and I don't want to judge their coping abilities based on my own (2016 was garbage), but I'm a "push through when you have responsibilities to other people" kind of person. So, it's been hard.

That said, I spent many hours looking at Jodi's notes, reading, revising, deleting, adding, just making Fractured Princess something that will hopefully make some agent finally send me an offer. I finally have pitches and queries worthy of "I want to see more," and now I hope the manuscript is also up to snuff. Wish me luck.

The question for the month:
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Yes. I tried to revamp a story I wrote in my childhood, based on X-Men. I couldn't really develop a plot for it, and it was a lot of backstory, so I don't know if I'll pick it up again. It might get absorbed into another story idea I have. We'll see.

See you soon!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry you've had such crappy luck with critique partners. Like you, if I say I'm going to do something, I do it. But at least you got some really important and helpful feedback from Jodi.

Heather R. Holden said...

Hurray for feedback! I remember how tough that's been for you to find for this manuscript. Glad someone was finally able to come through for you. Best of luck with the submission process!

Sarah Foster said...

I definitely understand the frustration. Sometimes life just gets in the way, but that doesn't make it any less disappointing to not get a critique you were hoping for. I'm still waiting to finish my third draft before I get some beta readers for it.
Good luck with your querying!

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Definitely! Thank you.

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Thank you!! <3

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Thanks, Sarah! Good luck to you, too!

Yawatta Hosby said...

Good luck! I hope you find a home for your manuscript. It sucks that your earlier CPs left you hanging. I was having the same problems when revising Six Plus One. They'd leave after I gave them feedback on their novels, then I wouldn't hear a peep from them. It was really frustrating, but then I found two ladies who have stuck with me to the end. Things eventually get better :)

Keep smiling,

PS--The X-Men story sounds awesome haha

Tonja Drecker said...

Good CPs can be hard to find. Sorry, your luck hasn't been great on that end. But having Jodi give you feedback is a treasure! Here's hoping that it only brings great news!

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Thank you!

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Thank you! lol