by Ginger Solomon
I’m not a plotter.
I tried once. It failed miserably. I got stuck in the writing process, and I felt stifled. I haven’t tried again.
That being said… sometimes it’s hard to plot after the novel is written, but that’s where I’m finding myself on one of my manuscripts (Eyes of Pearl). I sent it to an editor, and she sent THE nicest rejection letter I’ve ever received. That was early last year. I was editing the second book (The Eyes of Her Heart) in what I hoped would be a series, but since they were not tied to one another, it didn’t matter if one came before the other, so I kept working.
In the middle of those edits, I received my first contract (One Choice). I had to set the one manuscript aside (TEoHH) to work on a completely different one (OC). In between waiting for edits, I would go back and work on the second manuscript(TEoHH). (Don’t you just love how confusing this is? Let me go back and add some titles…hold on.) OC debuted, and I was all over the ‘net guest posting, all while continuing to work on TEoHH. EoP was on a back burner. Well, now TEoHH is being looked at by an agent, and OC is a few months old, so I have the time to go back and work on EoP. (I tried writing a new novel (or two), but neither story was speaking to me, thus my return to this one.)
But now I have a 60,000 word novel that needs another 25-30,000 words, and I’m clueless. 🙂 I’ve read through it once in the last few days–deleting and rewording, and I know it needs more, maybe a sub-plot. I’m just not sure where to add it. This is where you come in…mwhahaha (evil laugh). I’m going to write the blurb… help me find ways to deepen and expand the plot.
Eyes of Pearl – 17th century Scotland (could possibly be moved to late 18th century/early 19th century)
After the death of her brother, Neva Mackinnon is finally free of the fear she’s lived with since her mother’s death. But now she’s left to fend for herself on the outskirts of a town whose inhabitants believe her to be a witch. Alexander Chisholm, laird of clan Chisholm, needs a wife to provide him an heir. When he hears a song in the woods and finds a beautiful lass, much like his beloved mother, he knows she is the one. He soon discovers her fear and fiery spirit are a challenge he must overcome to win her trust. Can he do it or will his desire to maintain his fierce reputation prevent their love from weaving a beautiful tapestry?
I wrote out a really long overview, but it made this post TOO long, so ask as many questions as you’d like, and I’ll do my best to answer them. Even if you have no specific advice for this manuscript, but have been through this before, I’m open to suggestions. What do I need to do to make this longer and better?