Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Manuscript and Warprize

I started the first full read through of my WIP yesterday. I simply couldn't wait any longer. There was practically smoke rising from the hole it was burning in my desk drawer.

I've heard it suggested that one should do one's first read through all in one sitting. I think that might have been possible, had I been content to read all night. However, there is only so much sleep I will lose. Even for my writing. And I did have an exam today, so I read Part One (I have parts, did I mention that? I think It's awesome) and left Part Two for today.

My reactions so far?

Before I get to that, I think I should probably tell you about Warprize . . . 
 This is Warprize.
Can you see the see-through dress?
And it is supposed to be the guy with blue eyes.
Those are clearly female blue eyes.
It was published in 2005 by Tor Romance. This is from Tor, people.
 It is rife with character inconsistencies, bad dialogue, implausible situations, men who move like hunting cats and wear nothing but black leather and chain mail at all times (even though they're in a desert?), battle rage, slavery which turns out not to be slavery, amazing non-sex, see-through dresses . . .
And I love it dearly.
In fact, I find it very motivating. I would even say it has become something of a luck charm for me. Warprize was the first book I read where I stopped reading to think, "Good heavens, my writing is better than hers." I keep it with me to remind myself that if this can get published, I can get published. When I'm feeling especially gloomy about my prospects I read bits of it to myself and to Susan and find I cheer up almost immediately.
So, how did I feel about my manuscript?
As I set the last page of Part One down on the table in front of me, I found myself thinking, "Hmm. It's better than Warprize."
And that is very encouraging.


  1. All in one sitting??? I've never heard that - and never could pull that :)
    Congratulations! My brother always reminds me how many hundreds of books are published each year - we can't be worse than all of them! (I'm not sure if that's reassuring or not :§)

    1. That is a seriously cool smiley face you have there.

  2. Yes, I'm always very happy to get my dose of Warprize and writerly self-esteem boost. :P

  3. My "Warprize" is "Fallen" by Lauren Kate. Think plot inconsistencies, characters that are like one-dimensional cardboard cutouts, a string of cliches, a ridiculous love triangle and overall bad writing. Yet this book became a best-seller in 2009 and the author went on to write 4 or 5 more books in the series. This definitely makes me confident that you and I can get published. Good luck with your revisions!