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Feb
19
2011

Revisions, Submissions, Ideas — oh my!

 

These last few weeks I’ve been busy with revisions on two projects. One was just tinkering and polishing to a gleaming shine. The other was a little more intensive. That one involved adding new scenes—the *fun* kind ;)—and tinkering with the inner conflict of my characters. The end product of both led to a new round of submissions. Cross your fingers that my first sale is just around the corner!

Now I’m getting back to revisions on another WIP that I had started revising back in January. I’m hoping to get this one done and ready for submission by mid-March—sooner if possible.

And I’m itching to start on something new! But what? Should I try to write a sequel to the novella I hope to sell soon based on one of the secondary characters? Do I write another single title? Should that single title be something completely new and different or should it be based on a character from the one I’m subbing to agents right now? Or…do I live life on the edge and succumb to the repeated suggestion from a writer friend that I try my hand at erotica? *That last one still terrifies me a little!*

Decisions, decisions. What do you think? What are you working on right now?

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Heather Thurmeier

6 comments

  1. Shoshanna Evers says:

    Ultimately you need to write what you’re comfortable with. If you do write erotica you’ll probably want a pen name and a whole ‘nother website,Twitter and FB page, etc, under that name.

    I think you should write another single title – a totally new one. Then, if you sell the book you’re subbing to agents, you can always write the sequel at that point.

    Since you won NaNoWriMo, that means if you really wanted to you could write 100K in 2 months. And, it really doesn’t have to be 100k – could be 80K or 90K.

    Good luck and happy writing!

  2. Liz says:

    Love the ‘edit your face’ LOL

    What should you do next? Whatever calls to you and if it doesn’t then there is a problem.

  3. Janet Walters says:

    Heather, what is calling to you. Don’t force yourself to write something that you can’t totally love. If you really love erotica, give it a whirl. If you’d rather just do spicy, go there. Some of your sentences I’ve read have a spicy touch and that’s good. As for me, I’m still slogging to finish the fourth of a YA fantasy series. Trying to put these children to bed and move on elsewhere. Spicy comes next

    1. hthurmeier says:

      Thanks girls! I *knew* this was the answer I would get! If only it were that easy this time. I have a few ideas written down that I’m going to take a look at and see if any of them speak to me. My real problem is that the story that’s *speaking* to me is just a very simple concept, not a fleshed out idea and it’s coming to me in first person which I’ve never written before. What to do?

  4. Shoshanna Evers says:

    I’d really recommend against writing in first person. It’s so hard to pull off. Few people can do it well. Just do tight third person, even if you decide to stick to the heroine’s POV throughout the whole thing. I’m sure at some point you’ll want to have the Hero’s POV as well, especially if it’s a full length book.

    1. hthurmeier says:

      I’m not at all excited about writing in first person. It’s just the way the words are coming to me. I’m very intrigued with the words so far, but I think I’m going to use them as inspiration for the idea instead of the idea itself. Of course before I write anything for real, I have to develop some kind of actual story around the idea. That could take a while. I think I’ll probably work on something else while this idea takes shape in my mind.

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