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Quirky Conundrum

I don’t believe I’ve ever been so nervous about reading anything before.  My WIP, tentatively titled, Conundrum (although that may well be subject to change), is a big jump from my usual genre of mysteries to general fiction.  I tried to write a quirky novel in which the main character, from her first person perspective, actually falls in love—but, there’s much more to it, including a subplot that drives the whole novel.  I can only hope the quirky factor is prevalent and offsets the romantic nature of the story!  I’m a bit afraid I can’t write quirky well enough—I’ve never tried before and it’s highly possible that I’m not quirky-like minded. If I could truly write quirky, I’d love it to be like Elmore Leonard, or even Cormac McCarthy, my favorite author.  Meanwhile, I’ve got a first draft of my latest, greatest.  I’m setting it aside for two weeks before delving into its pages.  I’m not at all sure how I’m going to make it two weeks without jumping in and beginning my first rewrite.  I’m as nervous as I am excited to get into it, but I’m going to let it slip past my conscious mind in order to get a good “read” on it.  The truth is, I’ve tried to write this quirky subplot in a different storyline before and it didn’t work well.  That book is hidden away in a drawer never to be let out into the real world again.  I tried a second time to use the premise and only made it to page 62 before jumping off the wagon.  Now, I’ve used the same premise in a completely different storyline and I wrote it from start to finish in 125,626 words and four and a half months.  I can only hope the new storyline will make a better vehicle for the premise.  So, the book is written, but there’s so much more work to be done and I’m on a self-imposed two-week hiatus while it festers… and I wait.

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