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Monthly Archives: November 2012

1- What is the working title of your book?
Driven

2- Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wondered what would happen if my favorite drummer was injured in a car accident (yes, my imagination runs a little morbid at times)

3- What genre does your book fall under?
Commercial/Mainstream

4- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oy…I’d like to have some unknowns, since that’s how the fictional band in the book got started.

5- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Rock star drummer is permanently injured in car accident; can he drum again?

6- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Hopefully represented by an agency

7- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
11 months =)

8- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Probably Firefly Lane from Kristen Hannah

9- Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Avenged Sevenfold and esp. Jimmy The Rev Sullivan (RIP)

10- What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s different because it features a rock band =)

Tagged for next week (Week 27) are some of my very talented writer friends. Check out their blogs next Wednesday, December 5th, when it’s their turn to post answers to these same questions about their own works-in-progress!

(Looking for people to tag!)

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Happy Veterans Day/Remembrance Day. Thank you to all who have served or are serving.

As I’m editing book two today, I started thinking about how I’d written it. This is probably the third or fourth time now that I’ve gone over it. I’ve gone over it for content before, for word count, and now I’m doing it for both. But I found myself questioning some of my favorite scenes. I wondered if they were too silly. Was it too much filler? Did I really need it?

I’m no expert at self-editing, but the reading I’ve done on self-editing, and watching my fellow writers on other websites, has given me some great tools. I have deleted scenes I loved because they didn’t advance the plot. I just did a minor re-wording of a scene because after a little research, my first idea would be impossible.

I think as writers we get attached to things. Those things might be scenes, words, sentences, what have you and we hate to part with them. But in order to make our books better and our stories pop, we have to part with our babies. I have a document called “trash” and all my favorite deleted scenes go there. I also try to keep an original draft of the book in case I want something later. But I’ve had to learn to part with my favorites from time to time.

What about you, readers? Is it hard to part with favorites in your books? Do you keep a “trash” document just in case?