Well, I spent a couple years,
Pilin’ up a mess of words,
But when I read ’em back,
I didn’t like what I heard.
Those words were too simple,
Those too flowery.
These sound like I made ’em up,
And those don’t sound like me.
I grabbed my inky editor
And marked them pages up.
I bled all over those suckers,
Man, I really changed some stuff.
I beavered away at the pages,
Started feelin’ like a pro,
Until I read the new version
And saw how far I had to go.
Well, I sucked it up, my friend.
I wrote the whole thing over.
I worried about the “central conflict”
And what “motivation” drove her.
At the end, I could see
My mess of words was clearer.
So, promise me, you’ll buy my book
When I finish it…late next year.
A Note From Me: I know some of you have been through the process of writing and rewriting novels, and let me tell you, it’s quite a process. The good news? Two-ish years after I started using my 3 hours a week on The Tiny Giant, I finally know what the finished product looks and feels like. This 4th Draft is the last draft before I edit and send the manuscript out. It has come a LONG way in that time, and I have a mess of work left, but I can see and feel the main arc of the story, and I know the characters as well as I know anyone. I’m excited to get there, and honestly a little tired of looking at it. I’ll be happy to see it out the door, then turn to some stories aimed at adults while I wait for responses.
What do I expect? Nothing. Hope for everything. The young adult fantasy market is more open than ever before, I think, and more crammed with competition as a result. But…back to the work, which I need to get done before I do any dreaming…
(Bonus points to you if you heard Baxter Black in your mind as you read the poem.)