The Draft

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The first draft. The revised draft. The final draft.

I completed my second NaNoWriMo project in November 2016 and am happy to say I just finished the revised draft of the same manuscript.

What does that mean? First, it meant a lot of cursing, tears and wanting to drive to the Grand Canyon just to throw my laptop in there. Then I could come back home and set the hard copy on fire.

After I calmed down and figured out that hey, this is the part that makes you a writer, buddy ol’ pal, I exhaled and…

While in Scrivener, I looked for ways to format it and pretty up the cover page. And how do I label the chapters for an e-book and, and… I had to slow myself down.

Whoa there, pardner.

I jump the gun sometimes… okay, a lot. And this is one of those times I want everything to go as smooth as possible! I can’t forget to dot one ‘i’.

So, in November, I wrote the first draft and when I was done I printed it out and put it away… for two months. While it sat I decided to do other things and…

  • I read books.
  • I painted things.
  • I tried to walk my cat (and still have scars to prove it).

Then, I took my printed manuscript, grabbed a highlighter and a red pen (and a giant mug of coffee. OK… several) and old school edited. Afterward, I made the changes on the computer copy and then…

It sat for another two weeks.

Then…

I put the whole damn thing in Scrivener. Yep! Chapter by chapter, I put it in there and that is where I edited, rewrote, and deleted parts of this manuscript that I am so nervous and excited about.

I wrote three books before this one and wherever they are, they taught me a lot and maybe I’ll get back into them one day; maybe not.

This manuscript, though… this one is the best one so far and I cannot wait to go back in and polish it up nice and shiny.

Do you have any manuscripts that never made it past the first draft stage? How long do you let your first draft sit before editing?

 

 

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Copy That

Alright… While I work on my novel, I made an executive decision to continue pursuing a writing career in other ways and help out other writers.

This brings me to BAD WRITING.

 

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Really, Snoopy?

Bad writing is all around us, my friends. Click on any content mill website and immerse yourself in the whimsical ways of writers who know not what they do (or maybe they know and don’t care) and get paid very little – if anything – to do it.

I am not good at selling or pimping myself (I am a writer after all) so my hopes of this self-petting not being painful are pretty vain.

I am already feeling uncomfortable and icky inside while I sit here trying to tell you why you need me in your life. *Excuse me while I bathe in bathroom wipes*

You need me because I am honest; I am reasonable; I won’t string you along. I won’t tell you it took two hours to do a job when it only took one.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

 

 

 

 

ROW 80 Update – Keeping in Stride

Well.  I must say, I am really doing quite nicely!  I am keeping up with my final edits on my novel, maintaining meetings, and taking time for myself.  I am up to page 140 on my WIP.  I sent my work to two fellow bloggers, and when they get time, they are going to read my work. Yay!

Friday night my BF and I went on an actual date.  We had tons of fun and I, for the first time, tried “green tea frozen yogurt.” It was absolutely delicious.

I am back into my Friday Flash Fiction and you can check out my latest piece here. Honestly, I wrote it kind of last-minute and had a picture on hand from a real place!  That real place is where the story is surrounded.

Now, on with the goals!

  • continue edits on “Bound and Broken.” I should wrap it up in two weeks.
  • continue with Friday Flash Fiction.
  • continue to share fellow blogger posts 3x a week via Triberr.
  • maintain meeting attendance.
  • clean up my work space! (There are books, papers and colored pencils everywhere!)
  • Start on my Power Mandalas (hence, the colored pencils.)

That’s it for me!  I was on vacation for half the week and I really got some time to relax.  😀  How about you? What’s going on in your world?

Keep it simple!

ROW80 – Accountability

I honestly was not going to hop in on this round of ROW80.  I thought, “gah!  I’m too busy, I’m too tired, I’m too everything not to do this.”

But then I thought about it.  I am really just being too lazy.  I am the kind of person that, when I get in that dark slump of lazy selfishness, NEEDS someone (or something) to push me.

And then I thought about how hard I have worked up until this point.  I was writing/editing every day.  I was posting on my blog 2-3 times a week. I was commenting on other blogs (a lot!) and I was really involved in our little community.

Well, I need to get back there.  And I am getting back there starting today.

Here is my list of this round’s ROW80 Goals:

  • read through my manuscript one more time, looking for any inconsistencies or places where it is lame.
  • read/comment at least 3-5 blogs a day.
  • journal, journal journal.
  • share blog posts via Triberr.
  • Write a Flash Fiction piece each week to post on my blog for Friday.

That’s it for now.  The truth is, I have been so out of my mind the last few months… I really needed to get back into meetings and getting back in touch with people in the program, and I did just that.  It feels good to be back in the rooms and reaching out to others.

I wish everyone the very best on their ROW80 road this round!

ROW 80 Update – Keeping With The Beat

So I was successful in keeping with the editing process. So far there are two parts I highlighted and made notes on that basically it sucked and I had to go back and revise it when I was finished on my “seek & destroy” mission of editing all the unlikable parts of my WIP. I am up to page 104 of 188 and hope to be finished before the month is over.  I am off Monday, so a big chunk of time will go to this.

I went to a meeting Friday night and got my six-year coin.  😀  It was a proud moment.  It is an odd feeling not feeling right or comfortable in my own skin for most of my life and the first part of my sobriety.  But, as I shared Friday night, I realized, I am extremely comfortable in my own skin these days and really like who I am.

It is hard to explain to someone who doesn’t know what I mean.  I love me!  And not in that “look at me! look at me!” way. More like:  I am so comfortable with myself these days that I don’t have to pretend to be someone I am not to get people to like me.  I am being true to who I am and that is so important to propel forward in a positive way!

My Goals

  • Continue editing.  I am keeping with this goal.
  • Make meetings.  I made two AA meetings this week!
  • Triberr 2 – 3 times a week.  I did two this week.  I go down the whole page til I share all posts – it takes a while.
  • Comment on blogs.  I am not really doing this as much as I used to (I burned myself out).  But I am commenting on about ten – twenty blogs a week and try to comment on different ones.
  • Come up with a few ideas for my lagging “Flash Fiction Friday” posts. Truth is, I have had zero ideas wrapped in a blanket of nothing.

That’s what I got so far!  How are you coming along with your goals?

Take care and have an amazingly peaceful week!