Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Q is for Quagmire

I am in a "Q" is for Quagmire, a corner, a difficulty...if you will. I finished my book Ruby Dawn and celebrated for almost ten minutes before deciding that something was wrong. I'd written a fast-paced suspense -- with some ‘Romance Sauce’ and not, a Romance/Suspense. I'd gotten so into the mystery and the chase of the subplot that I'd neglected to really give my characters the time together that they needed to realistically rekindle their romance.

ARGH! I know that the genre I chose is a hard one. Romance/Suspense is really like writing two separate novels. The romance plot has to stand alone, as does the suspense. Yet, aspects of both have to serve to push along the plot of the other. I sometimes feel like two different writers; the feather-boa-wearing and bon bon eating Romance writer and the fedora-tilting, coin-flipping Mystery writer.

Needless to say I need to rip open the book, eviscerate, and re-stitch my beloved, ‘completed’ manuscript. There are scenes I worked on for hours that just don’t fit anymore, at least not if I keep the hero and heroine together for most of the book. Live and learn. This is only my second romance. The first three books I completed were suspense/thrillers along the lines of ‘24’. Not too much romance to weave in there.

I will get myself some ice cream, some sticky-notes, and a red pen. Let the carnage begin…

Until next time…Go Write!

Photograph by AMagill, Uploaded on May 11, 2006.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ice cream will help you think.
You can do it!

Beth said...

Ouch! That has to hurt! But I'm sure it will be better for having done the surgery! :)

Mary McDonald said...

I'm in that same 'quagmire' with my WIP. It's a romantic suspense also, in addition, I'm trying to deal with the plot. lol. At least you seem to have that all worked out.


Oh dear after all that hard work.
Still enjoy the ice cream.

Take care.

Marjorie said...

Darnit! Well, good luck with your revisions.

Gregg said...

Alex is right. Get a big bowl of Tin Roof Sundae, and take a deep breath and you can write in some romantic scene that would make your ice cream melt.

Now, let me get this straight; this was a WIP but it was finished to does that make it a WNF (work now finished?) And if so, we don't have to scream at WNF right?

We only scream at WIP becasue one, we don't have any ice cream and we forgot to kindle a few juicy hot minutes for our characters.

And if I remember right we scream at the WIP on Cinco de Mayo? If I don't have a WIP can I scream at the IRS, or a DVD, or the WEA, or PTA, or PETA, or the ...?

sarahjayne smythe said...

Sorry to hear that. But ice cream conquers all. :)

Grammy said...

I would put some salty pecans on top of the ice cream. it would make it taste so much better! I don't know what it feels like to write a book, but it must be a wonderful feeling to finish one and see it published. You will work it out, I know!

SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

How was I not a follower? I think I've lost my mind. Anyhoo, I am now. And I'm going to sign up for that blogfest too! Whee!

Ugh. writing quagmires are the worst. In my SIP (script in progress) I realized my MC was too much of a snot without enough lovable. So a-tweaking I have gone.

Watery Tart said...

I've heard if you smear yourself with Honey, it is harder to forget the romantic strands of the story, so maybe you should try that...

Seriously thoug--I wish you a TON of luck getting it all reformated the way you want! It might be sort of fun challenging yourself to fit in the 'needs of the one' in the framework you mostly have. (I love that puzzle solving stuff).