Sunday, 29 May 2011

WIP Update: Birthing The First Novel - A Decision Made

After much thought, consideration of my fellow bloggers advice, chocolate,
and some hair-pulling, I've finally made up my mind which novel will get my full attention come September.

It isn't Dreaming of Sleep. Whilst I will be using the next 14 weeks to complete my first draft of this book, and finish both my own and Myron's journey, I've still got that constant gnawing feeling - call it gut instinct - telling me it is too dark and too complicated - the central theme and plot rely to heavily on hard science for my liking. It isn't fantastical enough. It is more about an idea than the characters, and I don't like that. However, I do agree with all those who urged me to finish it. It needs to be written, and there is no reason why I can't come back to it in the future.

The novel I will be writing, and preparing for over the next 14 weeks, will be Cosmic Seed. A lot of you asked me which one I was passionate about, and this is the one. It's a bit like experiencing my first crush; I keep getting that excited nervous-sensation every time I think about it, which I have not had with Dreaming of Sleep. I already have a rough idea for the plots of all three novels in the trilogy, and I'm also hoping that if the first one is accepted for publication there will be more chance of publishing the second and third.

So, there it is. The decision has finally been made. My aim during my 12-week work break will be to write and edit Cosmic Seed, and then submit it to Maria Zannini for the manuscript critique I won earlier in the year.

I am working on my back cover blurb and will post it soon. In the mean time, here is my mock cover for those who haven't seen it before:


What was the toughest writing decision you've ever had to make?

30 comments:

  1. Congrats on making such a huge decision!!! You know, these seem to come up so often as a writer and all you can do is make he decision that feels best in your gut and go with it. Recently, my co-author and I had to make some decisions regarding agents (never thought I'd be in that situation LOL) and it was much more stressful than I imagined it would be. But, in the end, we came out with the perfect agent for us and I'm certain that this will end up being the right book for you to focus on as well. Good luck!!

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  2. Go for it! All the best for this novel, and the others I'm sure you'll write :)

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  3. that cover had me mesmerized!
    keep persevering through! hopefully we'll be on the same shelf someday! (real or virtual...)
    have a good wknd =)

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  4. Well done! It's a relief to have made a decision, I'm sure:-)

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  5. Good for you, Ellie. It isn't easy deciding which of our "children" deserves the bulk of our attention. I'm struggling with that now, as well. Good luck to you! I'm looking forward to reading your published novel.

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  6. Good luck Ellie! Loved the cover. Sounds like you are going to be a very busy girl :)

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  7. Good for you, Ellie! The mock up cover is mesmerising - can't wait for the blurb. x

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  8. Congrats Ellie. Glad you went with your gut feelings. Can't wait to read it, it should be fab. How fab, too, to have won the free critique from Maria as well! :O)

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  9. Congratulations on deciding which wip to complete and submit! Phew!!!! Well done you!!! I love your book cover and can't wait to read your blurb for this!! Yay!!! Oh and yay for winning an amazing critique too!!Wooo-hoo!!

    Every story I write is a painful writing decision! LOL! Take care
    x

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  10. Go for it Ellie. I'm glad you made a decision, and if this is the project that sets your heart on fire then it must be the right one.

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  11. I love the cover! Deciding on the book that is your passion is a good thing.

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  12. I think your reason for chosing this is quite sensible, and it draws on writer's emotions too. All the best.

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  13. I love that you chose the one that made you FEEL giddy, excited, elated. That is a sign. Your passion will be conveyed in your writing. Best of luck!

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  14. oh yeah... almost as good a feeling as sated after sex! :O lol

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  15. Cool cover. Good luck with it. :)

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  16. Congrats on making the decision! Looks like you're going to have a lot of fun!

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  17. Well done on reaching a decision. I had a "follow my head or follow my heart" decision last year, and went with the one I was more passionate about. I don't think that can ever be the wrong thing to do, don't question it, don't look back. Just enjoy it.

    BTW, that wasn't the hardest writing decision for me. The hardest was, rather late in life, pushing extreme self-consciousness into the background and starting to write.

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  18. Wooooah, I love that book cover - it has me mesmerised. But then, anything about outer space has me mesmerised. Hehe.

    It's great to finally be decided, huh?

    Is September just when you're on break from work?

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  19. Very cool dust cover. I really like it! Toughest decision? I don't know. I think making the mistake of going with iUniverse rather than CreateSpace, then watching them make all the money. Yeah, that was tough. I've since opted out and am setting up with CtreateSpace.

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  20. I imagine you feel much happier now you have made a final decision and one you are comfortable with. Wishing you all the best as you progress it. I love the cover!

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  21. Brilliant - well decided! This is so exciting, and I can't wait to hear how you get on with it!
    Lxxx

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  22. Congrats on deciding! It is smart to go with the one you are most passionate about.

    Hardest writing decision? Not sure. But lately, I've been torn between two very different books, and so I'm just working on both of them, which is something new for me (usually I make myself stick to one). But, I do have a primary WIP, and then I work on the other one if I feel like it after I've reached my daily quota on the other.

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  23. Good to hear you have set your course. Of the stories you were considering, this one sounded the most interesting.

    Hardest writing decision? Well, there have been a few of them, but perhaps having to turn down a publication acceptance last fall could be considered hard. The publisher wasn't the most reputable, and they wanted me to buy 100 copies of my own book (it was basically a subsidy press in disguise). It sucked to say no to having another book released, but it beats being taken advantage of by the shady operators.

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  24. Good luck with the writing.

    Toughest writing decision I ever had to make was walking away from my first novel after it struck out with agents. It was also the best decision I made, because everything I've written since has been much, much better. :)

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  25. Love the mock cover, Ellie. Glad you have a decision and a plan. Woot!

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  26. Congrats for taking that leap. Awesome. My hardest decision has been, should I continue with this story I've given months of my life to or should I bag it. lol.

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  27. Great stuff, and congrats on making the decision. Gotta follow your heart.

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  28. i just read this post and i am at the same crossroad of what WIP to concentrate on starting in September when kiddies go to school. Thanks for sharing your thoughts - and know there's another like-minded-person going through this sorting process at this very moment : )
    good luck all around!
    : )
    deb

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