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Show and Tell: It Bleeds!

Here’s my lovely today, all covered in fuchsia and scarlet notations.

E was horrified to see so much red ink after all the work I’ve put into the manuscript over the last few months. To which I answered “What this? This is nothing!” This is the polish and those red marks are the fine grit sandpaper. I’m done pushing boulders. Some chapters were rougher than others. I used up 2 brand new red pens before getting to the end. There were a couple of chapters that were pretty clean, but many were something like this. There are also worse chapters where the entire backsides of  pages are full, and extra sheets were inserted.

I’m glad I single-sided the print out, because my handwriting can get out of control. However, next time I print something out I will use a smaller font to save some paper. 11pt and 12pt doesn’t make too much of a difference to me for this stage.

The paper and pen read through took me 16 writing days. I imagine it will take me about the same amount of time to input all my changes. That means it will be less than a month until it’s ready to be beta read. There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel 🙂

So update me on your progress! How go your WIP’s and secret projects?

25 Comments

  1. Are you a leftie, then?

    My WIP was accelerating at the beginning of the week, then hit a speed bump on Fri. We’re gearing up again, though, don’t you worry. 😉

    Glad things are going well for you!

    1. I do notice waves of productivity while I work too. Sometimes it goes fast, and other times not. Not worried! I know you’ll get it done!

      Nope not a leftie. I found that this format makes it easier to scribble a lot of notes on the right hand page (the binder rings don’t get in the way).

      1. Huh. Aligning the pages so there’s a blank sheet to comfortably write on makes some sense.

        Kudos for sharing your red-ink, or fuchsia-ink. All writers must recognize how much work goes into the drafting processes.

      2. Hehe well it’s ‘scarlett’ according to the packaging, but really it’s just dark red. However, the fuchia is pretty fluorescent. Brings out teen giggles in me.

        Revising is almost more work than the writing, to be honest.

  2. Would you look at that? Very cool… good luck getting this thing whipped into shape!

    “Secret project”, as I mentioned on my blog, is done. Currently, no other wips in the hopper, as yet. More’s the pity… I could really use a wip right about now (I may have an opportunity to get some live peer review in the not-too-distant future… but I won’t have a wip to use for it). I’m a few months out, yet, from rearranging my schedule and finding the time, at last, to jump into a couple new projects. Well, month-and-a-half or so, but add a few weeks for adjustment to the new schedule.

      1. Ahh yes, you with your secret projects, and undisclosed news. You sure know how to keep your blog readers on the edge of their seats! Have you ever considered writing thrillers? LOL

      2. Well, I always hope that what I write is thrilling. 🙂

        Really, though, I choose not to disclose because I’m not sure it’s proper to do so, yet. And yet, I partially disclose because I’m excited and want to share my news. So, here we are, in this state of half-conceals, half-discloses.

        (I stole elements of that last line, but then I realized you’re Canadian so my sly reference to a latter, typically unsung verse in my own country’s national anthem was pointless. Oh well.)

  3. A literary period romance-thriller with speculative elements! There ya go, Stephen! 😛

    Oh my, it does bleed, Theresa! Mine is looking very much the same, actually. It’s easy to get ink-happy sometimes, heh. “Bah, it’s all crap!” Slash, slash, slash…

    Speaking of editing…I’m gonna try and get two more chapters done this week. A couple weeks ago I didn’t get anything done then ’cause school was getting crazy! (It’s quite taking over my life right now, with graduation rolling around.) I try to do about a chapter a week, which is atmittedly a slow pace, but my chapters right now range anywhere between 3,500 words to a whopping 15K! Some are in need of ridiculous chop-chop and other just need to be divided up and/or rewritten.

    Fun stuff…

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      15 k WOW! hehe yes that does need a chop-chop. That could be an entire novella 🙂 I admire your ability to keep writing even with school. One chapter a week’s not bad at all.

      1. Oh god, I never thought of it that way before! Haha.

        There’s 30 chapters in the unedited version, and I’m currently on 16, so I’m just barely more than halfway through. The fact that you got through yours in 16 days just blows my mind! Did you pretty much work on it every day or just a few days out of the week?

      2. Yes this draft (number 5) took 16 days. It took months to write the first draft. I keep getting faster with each one since there’s less to fix. Though, that’s 16 days of working almost every day (only took 2 days off in that time so 18 days if you include breaks).

  4. That’s wonderful that you’re almost ready for beta readers. I was about to start the 2nd draft of my current WIP (YA), but then received some long-awaited critique notes on my MG novel yesterday, so am back on that. Nothing too major, so I hope to start querying soon.

    Also — just read your good news tweet…congrats! Would love to hear more about it.

  5. I was rockin’ and rollin’, about 90% finished with my first draft, and then came to a screeching halt when life took center stage. Hopefully when things settle down, I’ll be able to finish the first draft. Then I’ll have to buy a bunch of red pens.

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