Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Wallpaper, Rewrites, and Painting

It's been almost a week since I posted here, but not because I've been lazy!
Last week started on a high (a Rocky Mountain high) then went to a low before going back to a high. All a part of a writer's life.

I learned last week about a technique I hadn't considered before called "Deep POV." This came about because of an average score I'd received on an entry I'd made in the ACFW Genesis writing contest. One of the judges told me my POV wasn't deep enough. I quickly learned that it's more than just writing from a character's point of view, but really getting deep into that person's head so the reader feels as though she is that character. This involves using all five senses, telling the reader what she is smelling, hearing, touching, etc. It's kind of hard to explain, but once I realized it, I couldn't wait to get back to my ms. and try it out. At times I've already been doing this, but at other times I'm sure I've dropped the ball.

This week I heard from the editor regarding my manuscript. She didn't reject it, but rather gave it a redirection. She wants me to rework it in third person POV. In parts it won't be easy, but I'm willing and I think it will be better in the long run for the three-book series. Right now I'm going through the story and putting each scene on a spreadsheet so I can figure out which one's to put in the hero's POV and where I may need to write new scenes all together.

In-between all this I'm working on redecorating my kitchen. That's where the wallpapering comes in. The wallpaper and paint have been sitting in a corner of my dining room for several months waiting for me to finish the ms. In spite of redoing the POV, I'm determined to get the kitchen done. Mornings I work on the story and afternoons are spent putting up wallpaper and eventually painting the cabinets.

In time I'll have a pretty kitchen and a finished reworked manuscript--hopefully both done to perfection :-)

1 comment:

Jo Legat said...

I really would love the opportunity to win Rachel Hauck's book as I have really been enjoying her writing as well as knowing her.