… and somewhere a tree cries for its fallen cousin.
There she is! All that freshly printed paper sends my heart into a flutter, but I find it’s just a lot easier to catch mistakes when I look at the physical pages instead of a screen. It’s time to break out the red pen.
I love editing, but I have to admit that things haven’t gone exactly to plan. Here’s the honest truth:
~Queue interior monologue~
- Draft 1: OK we have a plot! Yes! I can write on a regular schedule and finish. I was really worried for while there that this idea wouldn’t be novel sized. Whoo hoo! (8 months)
- Draft 2: Man there were a lot of holes in that plot. Some of it sucked soggy cookies. This is really hard. I’m going to need to rewrite a lot, actually 90% of it. Oh… and I just realized this is steampunk! Really? Hmm! OK I’ll run with it. I’m just relieved there’s a plot at all… wait, I spoke too soon. The middle’s a bit thin. (1 month 1 week)
- Draft 3: Is 3rd person POV really working? Let me try it in 1st person. Oh, no, that didn’t work. Damn. You know what though? My characters finally filled out. It’s about time you naughty characters shaped up! Why didn’t you start cooperating with me sooner? I’ve rewritten chapter one 7 times now. It’s still not quite there. On the other hand, the story now has a middle. Yay! (26 days)
- Draft 4: I’m really starting to get tired. Why did I change this to first person? ~changing it all back to 3rd~ There are still holes in this plot. ~cries~ I hope no one notices that this is the worst novel ever. ~starts talking to self~ No it’s not! The plot’s solid. There’s some real emotion in there too. The prose however, still sucks soggy cookies. Yeah you’re right. One more round? ~sighs~ And chapter one still isn’t working. At least I know the ending now. That should make it easier? I hope. (18 days)
I just look back and laugh. So now I begin draft 5. I still have to rework that tricky first chapter, and I’ve got a long list of issues to fix, but it’s getting there. I’m feeling optimistic.
I drew up a sign to keep me on track as I go into the next draft:
Trust Your Gut
Make it Bleed
But, enough blogging. It’s time for me to get back to work. Have you been writing lately? How’s it going for you?