Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Antithesis Guest Post

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Title: Antithesis
Author: Kacey Vanderkarr
ISBN: 978-1-939590-16-9  
Release Date: July 21st, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Book Source:   Inskspell Publishing


Goodreads Synopsis:

My name is Gavyn.
Liam doesn’t care that I only have one arm. He actually likes my red hair and freckles. I might forgive him for kidnapping me.
My name is Gavyn.
I lost my Liam. I’ve lost them all. And now it’s my job to make sure they don’t show up again.
My name is Gavyn.
I had a life with Liam, but he couldn’t give me what I need. Then I killed his father. I don’t expect he’ll forgive me for that.
My name is Gavyn.

Guest Post: 

Editing is sort of like withdrawal from a really addictive drug. Here you have your manuscript, something you've spent hours, days, weeks, months (and maybe even years) methodically tapping out on your computer. You've missed sleep, you've skipped family gatherings, you've called in sick to work. Your characters have consumed your free time, your friends all know them by name and consider them real people, you dream about them. 

You eat, sleep, breathe your story.

Finally, the day you've been waiting for arrives! Sighing to yourself at your accomplishment, you type those final words onto the screen. Grinning, you watch the cursor blink on and off. You imagine it's clapping for you. You blink yourself back to reality and look around your house, realizing that you've neglected a few things. Your husband no longer wears underwear, the lawn is a jungle and your child is eating out of the cat dish. 

Still grinning, you turn back to the manuscript. The cursor is still clapping for you.

You open a new tab. You go to Google.

You type: Publish my manuscript.

You peruse the results and manage to stumble across a website designed for idiots who think they know about getting published. You stalk the forums, you post what you think a query is. You get your words shredded and handed back to you in a doggie bag. You realize 125,000 words doesn't fit into your genre.

You cry.

You open your manuscript again. Now the cursor isn't clapping! It's mocking you!! "Ha! Hahaha..." it says.

You curse and scream. You beg and plead for exceptions. You go back to the forums and search for them.

You find none.

Sighing to yourself, you address your manuscript. It's a twelve-step process, this editing thing. There are few exceptions, you realize, and luck isn't on your side.

Step 1: Elation

Congratulations, if you've went through the above story, you've already been here! You wrote a story-book-novel-manuscript-thingie. Woohoo!! I'm SO happy for you. 

Step 2: The Search for Knowledge

Chances are, you've been here too. Good ol' Google. It'll tell you anything you want to know.

Step 3: Fear

I have to do what?!?! I have to cut how much? What do you mean agents don't like dreams? What?? But I like first person!

Step 4: Denial

This is where the frantic search begins. But Stephenie Meyer's novel was longer than 100,000 words. I can be the next Stephenie Meyer!!! 

Step 5: Passion

You get down to work. You reread your manuscript. You fall in love with your characters all over again. You determine that you MUST sell their story to the world. Yes!! Yes! Yes! It will happen.

Step 6: Unceremonious Hacking

Back story? Gone. Extra character? Cut. Chapter 14? Nixed. You hack entire sections at a time. You cut out parts you used to love. You cry every time you hit the delete key. You go through seventy two boxes of Kleenex. 

Step 7: Cautious Cutting

You've already completed Step 6, Unceremonious Hacking. Finally, you think, I've cut my story down to bare bones. I've sliced and diced it to within an inch of its life. You open the tools, you click 'Word Count.' You squeeze your eyes shut, afraid of the number. Despite yourself, you finally open one eye and peek. Startled, the other one flies open. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I'VE ONLY CUT 10,000 WORDS!!! 

Once again, you stare at the damn cursor. It blinks, mocking your very existence. 

You go back through your manuscript. You combine words into contractions. You debate removing every "the." You buy stock in Kleenex. 

Slowly, the word count diminishes. You breathe a sigh of relief when it reaches the 100,000 word mark. Ah, finally. 

Step 8: More Research

By now, your manuscript has reached your genre's word limit. You feel pretty good about yourself. You do a little more research about editing. You find tips and techniques (wish you would've known about those before, huh?) Once again the manuscript opens.

Step 9: Agonizing Alterations

The cursor blinks at you. You debate throwing your computer out the car window going 105mph. You curse the cursor, and its mother, and its illegitimate brother Bob. 

You take up biking to get out your anger. You lose ten pounds.

You go over your manuscript with a fine tooth comb. You do a line-by-line edit. You read every word and wonder if it could be better. You wear through the pages of a Thesaurus. You debate deleting the entire thing and starting over. You wonder why the hell you ever thought it was a good idea to write a book in the first place. 

You get through it. 

Step 10: The Beta

Finally, with your manuscript sparkling like a new penny, you find a critique partner. With fluttering heart and sweaty palms, you hit 'send' on the email, rushing your manuscript straight to them. You wait three days for them to respond. The email starts with You have no plot.

Step 11: Binge Drinking

You drown yourself in alcohol and swear if you ever, ever see your manuscript again, you will kill something. You swear off electronics. You stop shaving. You reach the lowest low of your life. You debate a career in rocket science. Anything but writing. 

For two weeks, you ignore your manuscript. You try to forget that horrid little mocking line, you banish all thoughts that relate to writing, publishing, agents, books, and words. You banish words. You refuse to speak.

Step 12: The Revival

Someone, probably your mother (because she loves you), breaks you out of your funk by telling you that you stink. You shower. While lathering, a really awesome plot idea works its way into your brain. You try to force it out, but it's insistent. It wiggles and squirms and dances. It pounds against your skull. It prods you with a rusty poker. 

You open your computer.

You open a blank page.

You start to type.

You begin a CIP: Cheating in Progress. You write to your hearts content. These characters are so much better! They'll never let me down! You write for twenty days straight before you accidentally open your 'old' manuscript. You read a scene, and then two. 

Before you know it, you've devoured a hundred pages and wasted an hour. The cursor waves. Hello my friend! Grinning, you start over at Step 1.


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Author's Bio:

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Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, crazy cats, and two bearded dragons. Visit http://www.kaceyvanderkarr.com for more information.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting Kacey on tour today Aliaa.

    Shaz

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  2. This is a great post, I can so relate to this crazy process!

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