The best decision I've made so far with this round of edits - aside from, you know, doing them - was to turn on Track Changes. Now whenever I feel like I'm treading water and getting nowhere, all I have to do is flip to "show all markup" and see just how much I've done.… Continue reading #amediting – Make it Bleed
Betas, man. What would we do without them? They're magical creatures, willing to take the time out of their days, weeks, (months?), to glance over an unpolished manuscript and not only give feedback, but give supporting details and thoughts and comments and maybe - hopefully - a few ideas on what they think might help.… Continue reading Stop! – It’s Beta Time!
The way I've held myself accountable over the years has shifted a bit. In the very beginning, there was NaNoWriMo and its daily word count goals coupled with an awesome little graph that rose slowly, encouragingly, over the course of a month. Outside of November, I tried to replicate that beautiful graph by plunking my… Continue reading Accountability and Stars
First off: Happy February! Second: What happened to January?? Life happened. In quite a spectacular way. I knew January was going to be tough, writing-wise, what with every distracting thing going on, so I made the (very wise) commitment to simply write every day. No daily word count, no monthly goal, just a no pressure… Continue reading January Review
I'll be writing so much more! she said. Having a job will give me focus again! she said. I'll have that 20k written within the week! she said. Somebody has been overestimating herself again. But hey - I may not have written much this weekend, but I finally got to go and participate in our… Continue reading Trudging Along
It's NaNoWriMo season! In years past, this month would have found me stocked up on candy corn and bursting with plot. Alas, PCOS means I really shouldn't be eating pure sugar and the events of the last two months have conspired to drag out the draft zero process of this WIP. Instead of candy corn… Continue reading November, November
Is the final draft done yet?: YES Current page count: 209/209 Shots of whiskey: 1 Current problems with the manuscript: there's probably something left to fix in the beginning or middle or what have you but it's small and inconsequential and what I'm trying to say is THIS IS DONE AAAH *FLAILING INTENSIFIES* It's… Continue reading WIP Check-in: DONE DONE DONE
Is the final draft done yet?: NO Current page count: 200/209 Shots of whiskey: 2.5 Current problems with the manuscript: I AM A LITTLE TIPSY AND OVERWHELMED WITH TODAY'S REVELATIONS Almost there! I think most of the worst of the editing is done! It's just line edits and tweaks from here on out!!
I have a week left until my wholly self-imposed deadline of April 1st to finish this final draft of my WIP. I'm a month late already and April Fool's Day just seems to be an appropriate time to send this beast to my beta readers. There is an awful lot of restructuring and rewriting to… Continue reading WIP Check-In: The Final Draft and Final Countdown, Day 1
I wrote the last word of the first draft this morning. It felt... oddly anticlimactic. But it's done. Every scene is in there, from the very beginning to the very end. Unlike draft zero, which was basically a 130 page outline. This is cleaner, more polished. Almost - but not quite - there. I have… Continue reading First Draft = Done!