Sunday, February 20, 2011

A New Experience

I'm in the middle of a project which involves several things I've never done before, so it's been quite the learning process.

I'm writing a shorter-length Christmas story (novella) to submit to The Wild Rose Press for consideration for this year's holiday releases. First off, I've never written a novella before. I thought I'd be good at it, as in the past I've had to add details and plot to my books in order for them to fit the required word length for publication. It's harder than I thought. I'm afraid I'm 'over-writing' and the story isn't moving along quickly enough.

Second of all, I've set my story at a ski resort. I've never been to a ski resort before. I've never been skiing before. So I'm doing a lot of research. Which has been a lot of fun. Trouble is, I think I'm adding too many details from my research, and again, they're getting in the way of moving the story forward. In a longer length book, it's these specific details that help to enhance the story and give it depth, but for a shorter read, are they just getting in the way?

Thirdly, I've never written on such a tight deadline before. Deadlines for submitting stories have always been rather open ended in my past experience, with definitive timelines coming during the editing process, not the actual creation of the story. But holiday stories need to be submitted by the middle of March...which is creeping closer everyday.

So this has been an interesting experience all around. I guess we'll see how it all turns out in the end and what the editors have to say about it.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



Morgan Mandel said...

Good luck on your project, Debra!
I'm sure you'll find some way to meet your goal.

Morgan Mandel

Nicole said...

But first drafts ALWAYS have too much info (or at least mine do ;p) That's why once I've knocked out a first draft I'll ideally leave it alone for a month and come back to it with 'fresh eyes' Then there's lots of red pen *grin*

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Debra St. John said...

Thanks Morgan, for the good luck wishes.

And thanks Nicole. You're right. I can always make use of that delete key!

Margot Justes said...

That's the lovely thing about this business, always a new challenge awaits.
Deb, don't delete, save, you never know when you'll need it.

Margot Justes

Terry Odell said...

Ah, yes. I wrote "Romancing the Geek" for The Wild Rose Press as a Valentine's Day short story. Although I didn't have to deal with too much research (one of my crit partners is a computer programmer, so he made sure my terminology was correct), I did have to deal with the word count restrictions and the deadline. And, just because I didn't want to limit the marketing, I tried to make it a story that didn't really depend on the Valentine's Day connection.

Good luck!

Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Deb Larson said...

What a great goal to make for yourself! I'd say, let yourself just write to keep the flow going and edit later. Maybe some of your research can be used later in another spot of the story.
Good luck!
DL Larson