Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Starting Over

Laura: Did you see the e-mail from beta reader extraordinaire?

Lisa: The one critiquing the first 20,000 words of LIAR SOCIETY 2?

Laura: Uh, yeah. That one.

Lisa: I saw it. fskjkeospakd. Oops, sorry, my tears are blurring my vision and jamming the keys on my keyboard.

Laura: I told you the Diet Coke thing was a terrible idea. It was just like that time we tried to kill off a character by giving her a mysterious heart condition that required those miracle pills that made it all better and then she lost the pills when she was running and totally kicked the bucket.

Lisa: Yeah, that was awful.

Laura: The Diet Coke was worse.

Lisa: No way. NOTHING is worse than the heart pills.

Laura: Well, you know what we have to do, right?

Lisa: Embrace the suck?

Laura: NO! We can't go on this way....

Lisa: Yeah, yeah. I know. We have to start over don't we?

Laura: Yup. Blank document baby.

Lisa: $*#&*&%#*(@(&

Laura: Tears jamming your keyboard again?

Lisa: No, I'm scared if I actually type what I want to say we'll get kicked off Skype for profanity.

Laura: Back to the drawing board, Idea Whore.

Lisa: Yeah, yeah. This sucks.

Laura: No, our WIP sucks. That's the whole problem.

*Lisa is no longer available on Skype because she hates you*

50 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

Ha! LOL, thanks for sharing ladies, very funny.

Candyland said...

I'd read about the miracle pills...
You can do it!!!

confused homemaker said...

Ha! I love that last line, it's totally what I would say.

Alissa said...

Maybe Coke Zero would work. I much prefer it to Diet Coke or perhaps Diet Dr. Pepper. That cherry vanilla flavor is pretty tasty.

Starting over does suck, but hopefully it will all be for the best.

Christina Lee said...

No way, LiLa it can't be TOTAL suck! There msut be parts to salvage!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

20,000 words? Do you really have to get rid of all of it? :( That's... frustrating. But sometimes a clean document is a sort of, I don't know, relief? Anyway, I'm sorry the story isn't working out the way you'd like it to, I know how horribly hair-wrippingly agonizing that can be. One time I had to throw out an entire story because the plot was so ridiculously unfixable. I'm only now starting to rewrite it. It can be discouraging - but I'm sure you two will work it out wonderfully. Best of luck!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I've recently been back to the blank document. (*sigh*) But, hearing talented writer chicks like you sometimes find yourselves there too makes me feel like I'm at the beach, instead of treading water all by myself a mile offshore. Thanks, sweeties!!

And best of luck with your project!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Diet Coke scene? I love Diet Coke. Hmmm. Now I have a craving for one. Is 7 am too early to enjoy the delectable beverage. Oh wait! Darn it! I haven't had my skim milk yet. :(

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

eiogfgdnghlfougfo! So sorry I am, but I love you guys.

storyqueen said...

RIP...

Although maybe it's a Zombie manuscript and it will rise from the dead....

Good Luck!

Shelley

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Hahaha!

Jen said...

Awww that stinks!!! Diet coke and heart pills? Yikes... it sounds serious and yet I am laughing sorry!!!

Good luck with the blank document! Embrace the ideas!!

Kim said...

Oh no! That sucks! I'm sure there's something you can salvage. Step away for a bit and I bet the answer will come.

Christine Fonseca said...

HA! You guys sound like me and my crit partner! Nice to know I'm not alone...

Cheree said...

LOL, you two are just hillarious. Take a step back and breathe, I'm sure you can get that diet coke scene to work.

Little Ms J said...

"Lisa is no longer available on Skype because she hates you."

Love it.

Aw, poor LiLa. It will come to you. It always does.

Amy Jo Lavin said...

When I finished my first manuscript and heard about people who started over from scratch, I thought, no way! Who could do that?

Now, I see how many writing errors I made in my first manuscript, and I wonder if I'll ever have the courage to start it over.

Good luck on your rewrite! I think you're brave!

Erica Chapman said...

Oh man, thank goodness you found out before you got further ;o) You guys can do this, you've done it before, and will do it again, and again, and again... You guys are funny.

I know it's rough though - concentrate on the positive stuff in that 20,000 words and expand! Good Luck ;o)

Natalie Whipple said...

I'm rewriting too! Except...I was on draft 5 of a finished MS. Sigh.

Erica Chapman said...

Dang. I left a comment but blogger ate it. Let's try this again. Knowing my luck it will appear right before this one and make me look like a doofus. Time will tell.

You can do this! Take the good parts of that 20,000 words and expand ;o) You guys really have a great attitude. I know you'll come up with something great! Good luck to you both ;o)

By the way, my other comment was better and well written, sorry you are getting the scraps of that post because I have no memory.

Kristi Helvig said...

I've got it - Diet Coke can be what saves her from her heart ailment. It saves me every afternoon from falling asleep while standing. There - don't you feel better now?

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Dang back to the drawing board! That calls for twizzlers or something!

Tere Kirkland said...

Hang in there, ladies! I have faith things will work out for you in the end.

And maybe you can find a way to make the Diet Coke scene work. I believe in Liar Society!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Egad! That's totally lame, but I know whatever you ladies come up with will exceed the Diet Coke scene tenfold. Maybe it will even have Twizzlers in it. :)

Tamika: said...

What a giant leap of faith! To know when to say no and start again takes heart.

Thanks for the reminder that writing takes guts! Rooting for you ladies!

Simon C. Larter said...

I don't think you can get kicked off Skype for profanity. I've tested this, and it's amazing the shocking things you can say without the system flagging you.

Just thought you'd like to know.

(Okay, I haven't tested that, really. But now I want to.)

Lola Sharp said...

Skype definitely won't kick you off for cursing. Legit.

Tahereh said...

ohhhhhhhh LILA!!!!!!!!!

*hugs*
*more hugs*
*bigger, hugglier hugs*

you are so brave and i love you so many.
do not fear, my lovely friends -- this too shall pass. & your next draft will be SO FREAKING AMAZING people will go blind just looking at it.

also!! CHIN UP!! for i am sending some FABULOUS surprises your way!!! (i will include chocolate.)

(congrats again, you brilliant girls!!)

<33333333333

Larissa said...

*gasp* LiLa wrote suckage?!? I don't believe it. *crosses arms and sticks nose in the air*

Icy Roses said...

Hahaha, I'm sure the Diet Coke is not as bad as the heart pills.

I feel kind of technologically deficient because I've never used Skype before. I am an old woman.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

LOL. Aw, I have a feeling it does NOT suck at all, but if it makes you feel any better, I'm in the midst of revision hell myself. Wanna flee to Mexico with me? There's cheap tequila there... (Though I am also considering fleeing to Canada and moving in with Sarah Wylie. Shhh, don't tell her. She doesn't know yet.) :)

Marsha Sigman said...

I do not believe it. Your wip cannot suck...not possible...nope.

But it has to be said...Diet Coke does suck. What is the point without the sugar and the caffeine? Just drink water then.

K. M. Walton said...

Boy can I relate...

When my mother, my own mother, read the virgin draft of my book 2 she said, and I quote, "Oh, honey, I WANTED to put that book down! Where did the writer go that wrote book 1?"

I threw the phone upon hanging up, cursed like a drunken sailor and then cried.

JEM said...

Hahaha, love the last line. I'd love to say I've never been there...especially on the current WIP...but I know you've seen my blog recently. Boat, you and me makes three (or four). Good luck, ladies.

JEM said...

If it makes you feel better, I got rid of 40,000 words. Forty. Thousand.

E. Elle said...

Love it! You girls rock.

Everyone has to start over from time to time. Maybe you should have used regular Coke instead.... ;o)

jessjordan said...

It's just ... WRONG to write that much and have to lose it all. Wrong, I tell you!

And yet ... so absolutely necessary. Sigh ...

(I don't know what it is you did with the Diet Coke--stuck it with a girl on an island, gave it a face, and called it Wilson? Nah, that one would totally work. Must've been something really bad ...)

Melissa said...

Don't feel bad. Skype hates me. It kept kicking me off last week and I missed out on a great convo with three of my writerly friends:(

Good luck with the rewriting!

Heidi Willis said...

LOL!!

But didn't I hear something today about an outline??

(and if you have to suck, at least diet coke is a good thing to suck!)

Mariah Irvin said...

Gah! Not knowing the Diet Coke thing is still killing me! Good luck with your rewrite.

Kristy said...

I knew Diet Coke was evil...

beth said...

You know, I've never really liked Diet Coke. Have you considered replacing all reference to DC with Diet Mountain Dew? Yellow dye #5 can work miracles....

...or give you kidney stones. Nevermind. Probably best to rewrite.

:)

Sara B. Larson said...

Aw, man, rough day. I'm sure you don't need to delete the whole thing, do you? Regardless, I love the last line. I laughed out loud for realzies. Good luck with the rewrite!

AchingHope said...

Oh man, I feel the sibling hilarity.

Sorry about the wip problems :(

Karen Akins said...

Aww, man. Hate that feeling. It's hard to believe that it's completely made of suck, though. There have to be some redeemable parts. (Insert maniacal Pollyanna smile here)

T. Anne said...

OK, this whole "suck" thing has happened to me. Do not be afraid. My crazy albeit sound advice it to writer a do-over with the characters OFF the leash. That's right. Let them run wild. Give them their own 20K and see if they can do any better. The worst that will happen is that you lose another ten days. Have fun!

Amy Lukavics said...

NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I REFUSE TO LEAVE TEAM DIET COKE!

rtfgvb7817 said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, you guys, just think. You saved yourselves from 75,000 craptastic words. Seriously! And I still need to sign up for Skype, because I think we would be EPIC.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

It really stinks when something you thought was oh-so-clever turns out to be ... not. I always know when bad news about a first draft is coming, b/c Reader #1 (you met him, my husband) gets this certain "tone" in his voice ...

Looking on the bright side -- since the Diet Coke scene will not appear in Liar Society 2, does that mean you'll share it with us, your loyal blog readers? :)

I kind of want to read North Shore, too ...

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