I recently started revising a project that I’ve been working on for the past three years. This will be the fifth full revision of it and (thankfully) it has already been sold to a publisher. This revision will focus on voice and dialogue. But when I sat down to do it, I felt trapped in the manuscript, especially with that oh-so-important first chapter.
I decided to retype the story. Crazy, I know, but there is also something so liberating about starting out with all that white space and nothing beyond. Perhaps it is more psychological, but I felt free to really make it what I wanted. I was also able to determine the slow/boring parts and trim them right out (I don’t really have to type all that, do I?). Without the stress of trying to make sure A matches B and C, I could get a little more personal with the characters. I could switch backstory around as I saw fit, without worrying about being redundant. And most importantly, I was able to fall in love with the story all over again.
So far I’m on pg 28. We’ll see how it goes from here.
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…I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU.
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women poses as an all-girls prep school, but in reality it’s a school for super spies. This is the story of Cammie “the Chameleon” Morgan, who can kill a man seven different ways but can’t unravel the complexities of a teenage boy’s heart. With the help of her bff’s (and a few secert operations), Cammie applies her super sleuthdom/stalkdom to dating. Cammie and her friends attempt to answer that quintessential question: is he really that into me? As well as the important follow-up question, is he worth it?
Ally Carter is brilliant in writing Cammie’s voice. She captures the fun-loving apsects of girldom and first love. I’D TELL YOU–was a great summer read, a total page turner and would be appropriate for girls younger than the target audience. It strikes a great balance of girl power and boy crazy with all the zaniness a top secret school for girl spies can offer. I can’t wait to read the next Gallagher girls book, CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY.
For more on Ally Carter, visit her website, www.allycarter.com
Happy (Summer) Reading!
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