I want to give an update on my next steps with Amelia. You already know from my last few posts that I put her away for a while. I knew when I did this, she wouldn’t like being on the shelf, and it wouldn’t take long for her to begin to speak to me again. She’s been whispering to me about what she wants to do and where she wants to go. Believe it or not, right or wrong, I haven’t taken one note or written down one idea. I promised myself I wouldn’t touch the manuscript at all, no matter how hard it would be. However, Amelia is getting impatient and I think I have a good sense of where I want to head with the story.
Here’s my thinking:
I’m going back to the original story, while intertwining some of my rewrite material. During the second edit, I changed the story completely. I liked where I was headed and I liked the new elements I had added, but I missed my original vision of the story. My editor had given me some wonderful advice on how to get out of my “stiff” writing, but while switching things up, I got lost. It didn’t matter how good the new content was, I couldn’t force it into the storyline. That’s what lead me to sit the story aside and reevaluate what I wanted to do and where I wanted to the story to go. I’d been working on it for so long and it bothered me it wasn’t the same story at all. Amelia’s story was no longer Amelia’s story, so it’s time to go back to the beginning.
I leave for Vermont on Wednesday where I’ll have a week and a half to myself to work through the story. I’m going to take it page by page and see what stays, what goes, what needs to be added, and what needs to be changed without losing focus of the original plot. It’ll be a challenge, but I look forward to see what will come from it. I’m going to take everything I’ve learned, step into my imagination, and let Amelia take me where ever she wants to.
I’ll keep you posted! I hope this next part of my journey with Amelia will lead me closer to the end.
Until next time…