I got a new day job.
The good news is it keeps me busy.
The bad news is it keeps me busy.
But I am slowly making progress on the edits from the coach I hired. Key word: slowly
But even slow progress is better than none. So I’ll keep trying to fit in time to write – scratch that.
I will make time to write (revise) and I will finish this book.
Just don’t hold your breath. I’m not ready for that level of responsibility yet.
Since I’ve been struggling with the ending of this book I have decided to hire a coach.
Could I do it on my own? Maybe. But I’ve been working on this book for so long , and each time I try to figure how to finish it I feel lost in the weeds. There are issues with the story and I’m too close.
So, I’m going to a professional – someone who can read it and tell me how to fix it so I can finish it.
I’ll report back. Wish me luck!
I planned to post weekly after my last post, but life has distracted me from a lot of things lately. That shouldn’t be an excuse, but I’m using it as one anyway.
I will have a new post out this week. And if I don’t, please ping on me. Hold me accountable. That’s what this blog is supposed to be about, right?
Yes, it’s been a while. I could tell you some terrific story about how I’ve been busy saving children in Uganda, or found out I was the switched-at-birth daughter of the rulers of a foreign land, or how I thwarted a terrorist attack in Houston, but those are actually other books I’ve been reading instead of blogging.
I have been writing, though! But I’m still not finished with the book.
I know, I know. I said I was going to be finished by now. But I’m trying to make this the best book it can be before it goes out into the world. Each read-through shows me something else that needs to be improved.
This is still a learning book. I know that. It may never be published, but, by golly, when it goes out to be judged, I will be proud of it.
I’m going to get back to blogging regularly, too. Probably not every day, but at least once a week. I am learning things in this process and want to share them.
Even if no one but the spammers are reading it. 🙂
I spent a long, fabulous day plotting and planning and revising. First, I mapped out the whole book on a storyboard, then spent some time planning how to fix the known issues. After that I plugged the fixes into the storyboard and even wrote a new scene.
The plan for what to do next is sitting on bright sticky notes on my storyboard, but the hard part is still doing it. It took me hours to write the new scene, but I kept at it and got it finished. After a few days I’ll go back and clean it up some. I know my writing process well enough now to know the new scene has issues.
Speaking of my process, it’s becoming more clear to me that I need to plot. In enough detail that I know where to go, but not so much that I can’t deal with new ideas that pop up while writing. It’s a fine line to walk, but it seems to work better for me than just pulling threads and seeing where they go.
I guess I’ll find out for sure when I start working on the next book.
Thought I’d add a quick update about where I am. My last goal was to finish the book and query by 1/20. I did query, but I didn’t quite finish. In my final read-through, I found some things that made me want to go back and look at the story arc again. There are still things that are missing. There are parts that read flat.
Basically the book still needs work.
And these aren’t little things like “I need better word choices”, but bigger things like “why does she do that?” Story questions that still need to be answered. Or asked.
This is that part of writing a book that I still need to learn.
I have a good chunk of time set aside this weekend to work and I hope when I come out the other side I have a plan and a new deadline.
Or better yet, that I made progress and am closer to writing “THE END”.
Lots of ideas for the next book in this series and another unrelated one have been popping into my head lately. It’s way past time to wrap this one up and move on to the new, shiny stories.
Okay, here we are, the day before my (second) self-imposed deadline, and I’m sitting pretty – pretty close to finishing! I worked hard to wrap up some stuff this morning, then knocked out some small stuff this afternoon like making sure chapters were about even and numbered correctly, fixed the places I had marked with questions, and re-worked some rough spots.
Tomorrow I need to finish a scene and submit the query and then I’m DONE!!!
Well, and send it to a couple of beta readers and work in their feedback, but I’ll be done enough to start working on the next one.
Have I mentioned this book has been my WIP for the past seven years?
I probably shouldn’t mention it, but it’s the truth.
Can I just say I will never work on a book this long again?
Can you please hold me to it? 🙂
Dang, now that Britney Spears song is running through my head.
So, the last time I posted was Wednesday. It’s Sunday now. I did write Thursday and Friday, but didn’t get around to posting here.
I’m coming up on my second self-induced deadline (Tuesday) and have a lot to do to finish, but I’m SO MUCH CLOSER than I’ve ever been before!
Today I don’t have a lot of time for writing until later this evening, so hopefully my brain cells will kick in then. Otherwise, I’ll be up early tomorrow and working hard. I have the day off work so I’ll be pushing to finish this thing!
For now, getting to work in the little bit of time I have this morning…
Missed yesterday – very busy and didn’t get up early. 🙁
Almost missed today. Not feeling well this morning, even left work a little early. Feeling a little better now, but it’s 9:15 and I should probably go back to bed. Gonna write for a bit instead. <save draft>
Okay, worked some and made some progress. Off to bed for now. Hope to be feeling better tomorrow!
Written 1/18/15, but never published. Guess allergies were still affecting me.
Ooops! I forgot to check in last night, although I did edit about 15 pages yesterday. Today is not going nearly as well. Allergies had me down this morning with a massive headache and tonight I can’t seem to concentrate at all. I keep editing the same sentences on the same page over and over.
I think tomorrow will be better. So I didn’t meet my 10 page goal today, but only got through about four.
See you tomorrow.