Introducing….. Still

Thank you to everyone who offered words of support and wisdom to my post on Wednesday for the IWSG Day. It really helped me make a decision. I’ve started again lol. Yep, I’m now on rewrite version 2 which means this is the 3rd form of the novel, and definitely the last! I’ve just got to pull my finger out now and get the 5000 words written for my Faber critique!

I’ve been tagged by Elizabeth at Scribbling In The Storage Room in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. I did this a few months ago, but now, as things have changed good and proppa it’s a good opportunity to introduce to you the new story πŸ™‚

What is your working title of your book (or story)? Still

Where did the idea come from for the book? Watching an episode of the Jeremy Kyle show and adding the “What if?” question, plus other influences πŸ˜‰

What genre does your book fall under? I think it’s Women’s Contemporary Romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Hmmmm, that’s a hard one because I have 2 different time frames, so the parts would have to be played by relatively unknown teenagers and then the more modern bits by older actors. So the older Ronnie would be Christian Bale and Daniel, Daniel Craig. Laura would be Kate Winslet and Ruby, Emma Watson πŸ™‚

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A story about love, the competition between two friends and the consequences of past decisions.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I would love to go down the traditional route of publication, but, we all now how difficult that can be. I’m not against self publishing.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The original first draft, one month….Nano 2010. I started rewriting it in January, then again in February. So I’ve just started the 3rd rewrite.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Oooo, difficult! I’d love to be compared to Anne Tyler, Maeve Binchy or Fay Weldon, but I’m probably kidding myself lol

Who or what inspired you to write this book? The Hubster told me years ago I should write a book lol, and when I was about 13 I did start one. I think I wrote one chapter lol…. But it was my friend Jayne who really pushed me to do it.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Its basically the story of two women, mother and daughter. The first part of the book is the mothers story which is written in a notebook then mailed to her daughter. The second part is the daughters response to the scribblings in the notebook, and the two women’s journey there after.

So yes, we have a title change, a structure change, and a POV change. So I guess you can say I found a way round my brick wall πŸ˜‰ It’s just a shame it took me nearly 30,000 words to realise that the rewrite i was doing was the wrong rewrite lol. Ewan Morrisons words have been echoing in my ears so I can either thank him or blame him lol πŸ˜‰ But either way I’m in a much better place than I was at the beginning of the week….feeling enthusiastic and passionate again, which is a good place to be right?

Is it just me or is this writing malarkey a complete emotional Rollercoaster? Lol

33 thoughts on “Introducing….. Still

  1. I wrote at least ten different drafts of my book. And with each one, the book was better. Now I just self-published it, and I feel that the characters are just where they’re meant to be. Good luck to you – yes, writing is a COMPLETE emotional rollercoaster. :+)


  2. Each weekend when I sit down to work on my novel I wonder what it is exactly that I’m doing- spending so much time toiling over something that may stay stuffed under my bed until I’m 90. I love it then hate it then become completely enamoured with the process and the story.

    I don’t think the creative process would be half as interesting and exciting without the roller coaster. Good luck with your re-write, I can’t wait to get to that point!


    • Awwww, thanks Sandra πŸ™‚

      It’s a piece of artwork I did as a present for The Hubster. I was sitting here, looking round the room for inspiration for a title and thought “Thats it!” I spose it could be the cover if I went down the indie route πŸ˜‰

      Thank you so much honey! Xx


  3. Ah, Vikki … this writing thing is a mamouth coller coaster of emotions. It’s the highs and lows and the thril of “the end,” the hard work and the payoff … a story we can be proud of. Love the description of Still … can’t wait to hear more about it πŸ™‚


  4. I got goosebumps at your paragraph in response to: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? And if a book passes the goosebump test–you know I’m going to read it!

    Rewriting is a brutal beast, that’s for sure. But I know you’ll find many rewards! Can’t wait for you to wrap it up πŸ™‚


  5. Congrats! Can’t wait to hear more about Still. Sometimes it may feel like you’re climbing Everest backwards while giving birth but it will all be worth it in the end and you’ll forget all about it until… the next time. Rock on and so happy that you’re keeping going. XX


  6. Sounds like an interesting book. Yes, writing is a rollercoaster, but it’s worth it. I tried everything to not write last night and still ended up caving. Just have some hard things I’m dealing with and writing forces me to face them.


  7. maybe the emotional roller coaster feeds into the stories – but we must take care – all those hormones released by frustation hating love despair etc are real inside the body and the body does not know it is fiction one is initating them for – as I have found to my cost this year! we cant do without them but treat yourself kindly in between whiles – so pleased you are back on tract with your book- sure you will get it done and dusted this year:)


  8. That is great looking cover and it also sounds like you might have hit third time lucky on the rewrite.. Like anything that is worth doing it is gonna be hard but it will definitely be worth it in the end… That’s what I keep telling myself anyway… Keep going hon and good lukc with Faber tomorrow anita x


  9. I think if you really believe in your story, rewriting it several times in order to make it as you want it to be is the right thing to do. What matters is the final product that the readers will love. You can do this Vikki! Have a good time at Faber πŸ™‚


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