I don’t know about you guys out there, but sometimes I have a story in my head that is so loud and overwhelming that I have to just get it out. Nothing else matters except getting the story down on paper. That’s what happened to me with Clay and Blood, my newest release that comes out on Halloween this year.
I sat down at my computer and ignored the world—as best as you can when you have two dogs and a bladder—and just pumped out my story. When I wrote THE END, I was elated and could finally breathe again, and think. And most importantly get some more coffee and move around a bit. I came back to my book two days later and took a look at it. And the paltry 28k word count that showed at the bottom of my Word document. It was like seeing my cheerful balloon two days after I had gotten it at the fair.
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So like any self-respecting author I immediately went and got chocolate and coffee. Then I sat down to go over it again to see what I had missed. I read it through, but it was all there. Start, middle, and end. But it was supposed to be a 50k word novel! I knew it would be, should be, and could be. I had no choice then but to turn to an author’s second line of defense. I took a walk, then mixed a drink and sat down with it again. Reading it slower this time, as a reader would, I saw my mistakes. Lots of them.
I had written all of the scenes, but I had not fleshed out any of them. So while my story was there it was just the bare bones of it. After figuring that out, I proceeded to flesh out the scenes and the characters. I had introduced them all, but I hadn’t really explained or defined them. Gillian needed to be shown for how anxious and worried she was. Pitch had to be shown as more than just a sharp-clawed goofball kelpie, he was a concerned friend and loyal member of the Shadow Court. The antagonist had to have her backstory and more scenes in order to actually get to know her and understand why she was acting the way she was.
I checked my word count again. 36k. Still not enough. At this point I had read it too many times and it had become way too familiar. So I did what the smart authors do. I sent it to my editor and begged her for help. I knew she could help me, especially since she had edited my first book in the same series and was familiar with the main characters. Not only is my editor amazing, she is also a really good friend now. She responded with just the right advice for me.
“This is flat. Where’s the descriptions? The scenery? The plot is there, but I’m not feeling anything.”
Oh, right! The story had been so loud in my head that I had laser focused on that. It already felt so real to me that I hadn’t described anything. Oh, write!
I geared up and went in again. This time I described the scenes that had stayed in my head for the first two passes. The luxury home turned into a silent tomb waiting to be discovered and mourned in. The exotic, thick, rich forest where the newly formed fae ran and learned how to use her new magic. A wooded area off of a golf course where friends and police searched for a missing man. The slow circuitous route a lost child takes as he wanders, looking for his home. And the way dense woods echo with hysterical lamentations as the main characters race to save lives.
After writing it all out again, and hitting my 50k mark I sent it off again. Then took a break and read it again. The difference was night and day. My original rough draft was what had been beating at my head to get out. The bare bones of the story. The rest wasn’t as loud and came slower, but it filled out from a story to a novel that you could really get in to.
I had done it. I had written out my full story. Like a BOSS. Several editor passes and formatting tweaks later and I had a book. One that I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I did once it was all polished up and I could finally lay my eyes on the idea that had been trapped in my brain for so long.
- Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9W5XQW
- Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/894955
- iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/clay-and-blood/id1435956693?mt=11
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41815080
- Draft 2 Digital https://www.books2read.com/u/bppQjW
- B&N https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/clay-and-blood-rebekah-jonesy/1129517517?ean=2940156145935
The paperback is coming soon!
Rebekah Jonesy knows stuff about things and isn’t afraid to talk and write about it. Outside of the literary world, she is a mad scientist cook, gardener, Jill of all trades, and military spouse. Inside the literary world she is a devourer of books, publisher, and mentor.
“Rebekah has the best kind of rabies”- JD Estrada