It’s been a rough year, which really shows in my writing. I had a hard time focusing—-life, work, health, it all came together to result in a convoluted mess of a draft full of gaping holes. I was brutal in my cuts during the last revision, and what I thought was the right choice, led to a weak plot that really lacks punch. But I couldn’t see it until now. The readthrough was painful, but I received some solid feedback from two of my betas (thank you for being my victims) and had a major breakthrough. I’m in for a hell of a lot of rewriting (and new writing) but I know where things went wrong and I know how to fix it (fingers crossed), which is a very good thing.
Here’s to another round as a NaNo rebel. No real word goals, just a purpose: rewrite, revise, redraft.
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I really want to do NaNo again this year, but with my really important exams that are coming up I won’t have time to write and revise 😦
I’ve skipped it for a few years because I’ve been too busy. There’s always next year 🙂
On Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 6:36 AM, marginalia and such wrote:
Yeah. I might be able to do camp NaNo in July though!
You’re doing better than I am – I still haven’t done my readthrough after getting beta feedback from Maldralith over a year ago. I read through everyone’s edits, but haven’t read through the manuscript. My brain is just not in the right place yet. I’m feeling like it should be soon, maybe in a few months, but I don’t want to attempt edits until I’m in the right headspace.
(Also, I understand your paranoia about the one person who disappeared…)
Gah! Yes, being in the right mindset is so important and I realize this more now than ever before. When I re-read the draft I could see when my mind was not in it. I cut and never re-made the connections. I bought into the idea of “just write” a little too much and now know there are times when not writing is the best thing I can do.
Re: person who disappeared: I search obsessively in case my story (however poorly written in its current state) appears on wattpad or some other self-pub source.