Revision Crazy

So I haven’t necessarily finished Deceptive. In fact, I got about half-way through and started chucking characters in the trash bin. I think at one point, I had 19 characters all together. The books with the most characters are usually the most frustrating to read. Oh, you’ve never slogged through Anne of Ingleside, or Anne of the Isle by LM Montgomery? TREACHEROUS.

It is also treacherous to write, when suddenly everyone is fighting to come back into the story, and your plot is on vacation. Thus, when NaNo ended, I stopped writing. A few days ago I couldn’t take it anymore, and slashed out 8 main characters… putting some into the sub plot, and others were re-arranged or deleted entirely. Deceptive feels different, and I can’t say I’ve gotten back into the swing of writing it yet. My FMC Jane now starts out as a moody introverted cynic [but not], moping as she looks around at all of the stupid cliques. If there is one character I hate to write, it’s a moody one. Jane must be on strike, I’m telling you.

Another thing is, my genre changed. What started out as boarder line Lit-Fic is now just a plain ol YA Mystery/Drama.





YOU ARE COMING BACKKKKK. To heck with the secondthirdfourthfifth draft.


Please Remind Me

Please remind me firmly that I am not on the Newberry Committee. You have to be a librarian to be there, not a writer.

Please remind me that even though I find it humorous that people suggest books by saying “Because who needs Edward OR Jacob”, that doesn’t mean it’s any good when you read about the actual plot.

Please remind me that I’m the only person who thinks that My Friend Flicka is the best YA book ever written, because some peeple are into Chick Lit and Dystopian.

Please recall to my ears the sound of a story read well, and tell me when there is an actually GOOD audio book.

(A switch to 2nd Person) You aren’t a genius, so stop writing about them. (End 2nd Person Narrative)

Don’t forget to nag me about finding another writing contest–one that actually accepts YA writers.

(Switching back to 2nd Person) You silly goof, what are you doing with that character, sending it to college? No, no, that is not how highschool works. Just WRITE it, don’t analyze it. Analyzing is for boring people.

Can’t you make one stinking boyfriend character with a level head? You’re insulting. (End narrative again)

Please remind me that I am the only one annoyed with all theses books and poems about adult… stuff.


Thank you. *answering machine beeps*


Here is a fun idea for the wordily challenged: stop doing all of these silly novels, and do Novellas? Fun fun. I like this.

Sooo….. where do we start?


A novella has generally fewer conflicts than a novel, yet more complicated ones than a short story. The conflicts also have more time to develop than in short stories. They have endings that are located at the brink of change. Unlike novels, they are not divided into chapters, and are often intended to be read at a single sitting, as the short story, although white space is often used to divide the sections.

-Wikipedia, Novella

Ah, even better. The stress and lengthy plot holes are no longer the enemy. I tend to think my stories are more suited for a short form, because I like to just write what I need. Okay, so where did Jessica get the idea for this new tangent?

An innocent little thread suggesting a much more tame literary goal and more art. I think this may be just the vacation and kick in the shins we’ve been looking for! *clasps hands*

The length of a Novella [you just want to capitalize that word every time you type it, don’tcha?] varies depending on what Literary Snot you reference. Short stories are typically 2,000 to 8,000 words; whereas a Novella is considered anywhere up to 40,000. Pretty much frees up a lot of rules, doesn’t it? Though getting too short–flash fiction, that is–might take away the whole point. Anyone can write a 700 word scene. Anyone can write 12 of them in a year, unless they are REALLY creatively challenged.

So think on this, and who knows? Maybe we can make our own little unofficial club, putting together nice little vignettes of excellence, looking maybe-not-as-snottily over the manor common at the Wordsmiths that type Epics at the snap of a greenbean.

On a side note, there may be a Reader’s Book Awards 2012 and Post-NaNo Teen Blog coming soon… keep a orb out for that!

….Don’t ask me where a Novelette fits into this, okay?

 Peppermint Hugs, -Jessie