I've been struggling the past couple of weeks. I haven't been able to figure out how to add 12K to Angels, I've been waiting on responses to P & P before I do any more revision, and haven't had any really great ideas on what to do with A9. I also haven't been able to write anything else that was any good. Frustrating!
But I think the dam has broken. I wrote an entire short story today. Not a long one, only 2k, but I wrote it. And I had a brilliant idea about what to do with A9 to keep it YA, and to keep much of it intact. It's still going to need a little work, but then, don't all books? My friend Airdale just got a contract with Dial and she's pretty much rewriting her book now. And I'm lucky enough to be able to be a part of that process in one of my critique groups! I figure, I just make my protag 17 instead of 18. It changes a few things, but nothing significant. It even makes a few things more relevant than they were before. If she's been skipped up in school, it's quite possible that she could be in her first year of college at 17. Am I right? Or is this a really stupid idea?
I know I'll need to flesh out the Mark relationship a little more, but that's not a problem. There are several A9 sections that are too long, and by slotting a few extra NOW sections in, it will make things more balanced. Or at least, that's what I'm hoping.
One of my readers found a huge flaw in my new ending to P & P, so I will need to address that before I do anything else. Then I'll have to go back to Angels with fresh eyes, I hope a week away is long enough. Then once that's done, I can go back to A9 and make a few changes.
By then it will be November and time for NaNoWriMo. I just have to decide which of the two books lurking in my head will be allowed to come out and play.