It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of each month, we share struggles, triumphs, quandaries, and fears.
This month’s question is:
Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?
There’s a possibility the keratoconus in my right eye will continue worsening and eventually leave me legally blind. If that happens, I’ll forego corneal transplant and rock eyepatches with quirky patterns, beautiful fabrics, and gorgeous colors.
I’m doing JuNoWriMo again, with no expectation of overachieving or even getting 50K thanks to lockdown. To avoid my cyclical depression being triggered by more poor wordcounts, I switched to checking proofs of my books awaiting the okay for print runs.
I found about 10–12 little things in The Twelfth Time, and a handful in the first two volumes of Dark Forest. Most embarrassing in the latter was one I found right off the bat, in my note at the beginning. I hope that was a C&P gone horribly awry, since I’m positive I corrected all four to include the new wordcount of the second edition! Only Volume IV was correct.
I also took advantage of a free title setup IngramSpark offered through the end of May, for the book formerly known as The Very First. An August release is planned. I’d really appreciate any help in getting the word out, esp. since I’d love to be nominated for the Sydney Taylor Book Award.
The book formerly known as The Very Next will get one final edit after JuNo, and then I’ll finish the radical rewrite of the book formerly known as The Very Last.
My main priority remains finishing A Dream Deferred already! I thought about it some more, and decided it still works for Lyuba and Ivan’s oldest two kids to relocate their families back to NYC. It also still makes sense for their friend Nikolas to remain in the city to open a law practice in the tradition of Clarence Darrow.
Lyuba, Ivan, and their youngest children will, however, remain in St. Paul, and their son-in-law Andrey (husband of Darya) will do his Ph.D. psychology residency in San Francisco. This works beautifully, since Darya’s favorite sister Katya lives there. Fourth sister Irina will also move her quirky fashion company there.
It’s a really bad trope when an entire cast relocates together, unless it’s part of a storyline like immigration or the Oregon Trail. It’s also high time for the Konevs to realise it’s not healthy to be so joined at the hip.
I’ll be exploring this more in future posts.
I also think I might have to move another storyline into the future fifth book. Almost immediately, I lost track of how Part IV is supposed to be about bringing storylines to their conclusions, not introducing a whole slew of new ones. It drains attention away from the core storylines and creates too much sprawl.
Zhdana and Susanna’s accidental pregnancies were part of my stupid plan to get most of the cast into the same apartment. Susanna and Vilorik will still break up, and Zhdana and Tomik will still have their little 26-week miracle Chudomira, but there’s no reason they have to happen here.
Since Dr. Scholl plans to retire in 1953, why not have Zhdana get pregnant late in that year? Dr. Scholl would never abandon a patient partway through her pregnancy, let alone a high-risk one. It would be so bittersweetly fitting if the final baby he delivers is Chudomira.
Would you be willing to help with promotion for TVF? Ever lost control of a WIP or tried to stuff in too many storylines?