Tuesday, August 7, 2012

WHAT A MESS

I am currently busy with the second draft of my second book and let me tell you, it is a mess. I was in such a hurry to get the first draft typed up, that in certain chapters I am missing vital words to complete sentences and certain areas are still going to need a lot of work.

It is times like this that I am really happy that there is something like the editing process, though, I am happy that that part is still a long way off. I am not much of an editor, if I must be honest. One thing is for sure though, I am not going to have as many drafts as I did of the first book. It was close, if not more than twenty different drafts. I just kept changing and rewriting.

For now I have to decipher my own words and figure out how I am going to make the story whole. But this is the fun part. I am definitely a writer and not an editor.

So, what are you guys up to?

14 comments :

  1. I'm still trying to finish the outline for a story... but I'm spending way too much time with it.

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  2. Hi! I'm Talynn from Ink in the Book. I'm visiting because of the ISWG. I know I missed the post last Wednesday, but there are too many people to visit in one day. So I have decided to just take a month and try my best to at least say hi to everyone:)
    I wanted to congratulate you and your new agent! YaY! That's always exciting:) Hopefully, it won't be long now and your book will be flying off the shelves of every book store in the world!
    Nice to meet you!
    I'm following your blog now, so hopefully I 'll be able to keep up with that new book of yours:)

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  3. Michelle - I am sure that your outline is just as important as the story. It is okay to take your time sometimes.

    Talynn - Thank you so much. It is nice of you to stop by and follow my blog. It is definitely great meeting you too. I agree, there are so many blogs to visit.

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  4. I love editing! I tend to write my first drafts SUPER fast though, so there's a lot that needs to be edited when I go back :)

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  5. Kelley - You are so lucky that you love editing. I am sure that makes your writing life so much easier. Good for you!

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  6. I love the redrafting stage - it's like biting into a really tasty steak.

    I'm just about ready to start writing a new story. I had most of it in my head, but the central character needed reasons to be doing what she's doing, and I think I've figured it out.

    Enjoy the second draft!

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  7. Annalisa - Thank you. Good for you. I know your story will be great. Enjoy!

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  8. I totally know what you mean. I have so many copies of my MS and re-writes that I had to dub one the final, I kept forgetting which one I was working on. LOL. I've learned to slow down, take my time a little more. It's helped. Good luck.

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  9. T C - Thank you. This is so true! This has happened to me as well. I think that maybe I need to slow down a bit too.

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  10. I'm in edits of my first MS. Actually it's a cross between a second draft and an entire rewrite. I'll definitely need to edit the entire thing once more before completion.
    The going is slow for sure... This definitely isn't my favorite part but it is a learning process. Next time I write an outline and a first draft I will know better what to do!

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  11. I'm revising an old work and writing a new one. I'm pretty much a mess, too, but it's so much fun!

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  12. David - That is fantastic! I wish you the best with your writing/editing. I try and tell myself that there is a method to my madness, but I am not so sure.

    Anita - So true! Best of luck to you and thank you for stopping by.

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  13. Sometimes editing is fun! Bet you'll learn to enjoy it as well!

    Thanks for visiting my site!

    Monti
    Mary Montague Sikes

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  14. Monti - You are so welcome! I hope that one day I will get to love editing too.

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