It has come to my attention that my manuscript may have too many words for a YA novel. Why this never crossed my mind before, I’m not sure. Probably because I originally intended for this book to be an Adult novel, and then changed my mind once I was done. My main character felt a little too innocent for the 21-year-old I was trying to make her be. She was resisting. So she ended up being 18 and it feels a lot better.
Problem is, now she’s a Young Adult. And Young Adults don’t often read 130,000 words in a novel. More like 60-90k. So I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 THOUSAND words I need to revise out of my MS.
So my question to the blogosphere is how do you find the motivation???
I have a lot on my plate right now, but every night when my daughter goes to bed, I have ample time to revise and tweak and improve.
But instead I blog. Or play the Sims. Or scrapbook. Or clean…okay maybe not clean. But I WOULD if my only choices were to revise my MS or to clean. That’s what I’m saying. I’m becoming a professional procrastinator.
(this made me laugh)
I did read this GREAT post over at this blog I just found by Julie Musil, and it helped a lot. It reminded me that this piece deserves to be the best it can possibly be, and that if I ever hope to get it out there, it’s got to be polished and ready to print. (Thanks Julie, hope you don’t mind me sharing!)
So other than that, what motivates you to jump back in and revise the crap out of your MS?