Well, I thought I was all ready to sub the partial of my SuperRomance Memorial Day Challenge entry.
Then I made the mistake of posting the synopsis to my critique partners.
Oops! They pointed out everything that was wrong with it. The places where my characterisation didn’t ring true. The plot devices. The over-reliance on external stuff at the expense of internal. All the usual mistakes I though I’d fixed with this story.
They’re right of course, quite right, damned right. They did their job as CPs well. So the partial I thought was ready to sub will have to go on hold while I rethink some of the points they brought up. Maybe it can be my So You Think You Can Write entry this year.
I want to back to an old story I abandoned after six chapters, to rework it as my Mills and Boon New Voices entry. It started off as the first story in my Haven Bay series, but after six chapters it was clear the goal-less characters and lack of real conflict made it a very pretty story that was going nowhere. So I put it to one side and started on Cady and Lock’s story instead. That had more genuine conflict, but was rejected for goal-less characters (again!). I’ve started on a rewritten Cady and Lock, with the same backstory and core inner relationship blocks, but a totally different beginning. With real goals for both characters. Problem is, the rules won’t allow me to enter this in New Voices.
So back to Meg and Nick’s story. I have some ideas about their conflict. Not quite so much about their goals! But it will come together. Hopefully in time for New Voices! Entries start next week, but 10 October is the deadline for entries.
Leaving it late and cutting it fine, but I wanted to get Kate and Jack’s story subbed first. Which I’m not. And now I have some awful virus or something that’s giving me terrible headaches and tummy pain. I can’t think straight about anything. I’m amazed I’ve managed to string this many words together!
LOL, given the hash I’ve made of my stories when I thought I WAS thinking straight, maybe this is just the state of mind I should try writing in…
So, are you entering New Voices this year?