AN: I've already said thank you's to each of you as you've reviewed, so I'm not going to do that. Instead, I'm just going to be honest.
Seriously, what happened with Crossing the Line?
So, here's me, six books finished (yay!), and I honestly thought I was getting better and better at this whole writing thing. As I started the edit onCrossing, it occurred to me that maybe I wasn't as hot stuff as I thought I was. Still, I would like to offer up some reasons as to the overall lack of plot in this story, as a way of apologizing to you, the reader:
1. I published a book! (You know, The Line – got your copy yet?)
2. I finished another book (Mulholland), 1 novella (The Art of Music), and started another novella (The Art of Sound), not to mention random short stories, etc.. While I'm used to writing multiple projects at one time, I think in this case, my work really suffered because of it.
3. Marketing The Line. I so want this book to be successful, and so, well, have put a lot of time and energy into trying to make that happen.
4. I was working. Yeah, a lot of my crazy jobs in real life aren't conducive to hours of writing.
5. I relocated countries. Yeah, that would take a lot out of anyone.
6. Too many plot bunnies that went nowhere.
7. I don't outline or plan anything when I write. All I do is say, "Here is this character, where is she going to take me?" Maybe I should do a little more planning...
One more thing…
Please disregard Chapter 16. It is beyond bad. That's why I've already re-written it.
So, what's next?
Lots and lots (and lots) of editing. It's one of my least favorite things to do, but getting a book from rough draft to first draft takes awhile, and it's the second draft that takes the most out of me.
A young adult novel is supposed to fall around 45 - 55K words. The current draft of CTL is over 80K. Uh…I'm sure you can do the math.
Other than that,Somewei and I will continue Art of Sound, and I hope to write sequels for Crossing (venturing into the world of WGI) and Muholland, as well as my one last original drum line girl book (yup, there is an idea I haven't done yet). Oh yeah, and finish the 100 drabbles project. And goldnote mentioned maybe me taking a shot at editing Hearts of Glass. And so many of my chapters still need lyrics. And, I really need to get serious about getting an agent. So, I have plenty to keep me busy…but it's all the kind of stuff that you won't be seeing.
Want to help?
Be brutal, but constructive. Was there a plot line you didn't like? Or that wasn't resolved and should've been? A character that made no sense or didn't add to the story? Something that did actually work? You want to edit a book? If you don't feel comfortable doing this as a review, I am always happy to receive PM's.
I'm a big girl and I can take it. I'm trying to figure out what the problem is. Mostly, I think it's my complete lack of an A storyline. Julia is a very different character than Lucy or Bronwyn, and the world of Westlake is far different than my home base of Brookwood. Without my usual drama (the tension between the girls and guys), I got caught up in everything else and the story suffered. I know that Crossing has lots of good parts in it, and is worth making better.
Which brings me to…
Your all time favorite scene/moment/line of dialogue in this story was…
What do you want to see happen in the next book?!
As always, you, the reader, give me motivation and support to continue.
All the best…keep writing…and reviewing,