Hey! I'm super stoked to have Jolene Perry over here to guest post! Her book, INSIGHT is now available!. YIPEE! (links below)
And she has some wonderful words of wisdom to share :)
Everyone give her a big chest bump in welcome!
Have you ever hated a book you were writing??
Because I’ve hated Insight, many, many, many times…
The premise for Insight actually came from a brainstorming session with Nyrae Dawn. She was talking about a certain kind of character that she wanted to work into her story, and I was trying to come up with an idea about why this girl hates to be touched.
And then it hit. Oh!
What if she got visions when she touched people? And not just visions, but felt things, too? And it was like she was that person for this very intense moment of their life? A moment she didn’t want to see?
That would definitely make me NOT want to touch someone. Nyrae was writing a contemp, so this didn't really fit in... ;)
So. I wrote Insight as a standalone, but one that COULD continue on. Or be a part of a series that wasn’t really a series, just a few quasi-related books, or companion novels. I LOVED it.
I queried the HECK out of this book.
(It wasn’t ready. I didn’t know)
My query was pretty good, and I got LOADS of requests.
If you’ve queried and reached that point where you’ve gotten a lot of requests, you kind of start to freak out and think – it’s just a matter of time.
(which it WAS, but this is not the book that got me picked up).
I got a ton of – I like the premise, but I just feel like the book lost steam…
Or. I liked it, but I didn’t love it.
Or. You’re almost there, it just needs to be more.
What does that even mean??? Lol.
I HATED the book. I didn’t know how to fix it! My crit partners read and liked. I read and liked. AAAHHH!!!!!!
No one needs a play-by-play here, but I will say that this book has had four distinct plot/story changes.
I finally totally committed to it being the first of three in a SERIES, and once I found this thread that tied them together with this 300 year old tragedy, and these creepy people that hide in the shadows, and are shadows themselves, and found the END of the trilogy. That’s when I knew I could make Insight work.
I threaded the new idea through, wrote a DETAILED outline so I could move things around, cut and change accordingly, and then shoved the MS into the far reaches of my computer for a few months. It wasn’t until VERY recently that I fell in love with this book again.
SO. The moral of the story is:
In other words, my ramblings to this point lead up to this:
There can be something salvaged from every single thing you write. You will never put words on a page for no reason.
If those words don’t become part of that book, maybe they’ll be part of the next.
If the words suck, maybe you’ll learn something.
If they’re brilliant, maybe you’ll learn something else.
No matter what.
Keep knowing that your writing is making you a better writer and a better story-teller, no matter where your story ends up.
And with any luck, you’ll shove your hated work of art away for long enough that you learn to love it again :-D
You can find Insight here - http://www.amazon.com/Insight-ebook/dp/B0095POAL6/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1346784416&sr=8-21&keywords=jolene+perry
YA Author of Night Sky, Knee Deep, My Heart for Yours, Spill Over, 10 Weeks, Insight
A big thank you to Jo today! And congrats on her release!
Spell dedicated to her :)