Writing Quote

"Don't write merely to be understood.
Write so that you can't possibly be misunderstood."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Getting my feet wet again

So today is day four of the NovelPI challenge. I thought I'd check in really quickly. I've done 2 pages of editing a day so far. That was my minimum goal this time around. I have to admit though, when I picked that as a goal, it sounded really easy, and I thought I'd be able to do it lickity-split each day. I'm finding out that tracking my editing is really different from tracking my writing. Things like word count and page numbers are easy when you're writing. There was nothing there, and now there is something. But with editing, revising, rewriting, what-have-you, you have to count what's already there, but is now changed in some way- or NOT changed if it was deemed acceptable, but it still gets counted because it was scrutinized. Sigh. I would have been better off setting myself a time limit each day. It could take me hours, or days even to edit one line. I have some notes in my WIP that will require me to comb through most of the story and insert stuff that will make that one line stronger when we finally come to it.

What I've decided I'll do this month is work on the bits of my story that need expanding. Towards the end, there is a lot of narrative that should be dialogue, or paraphrasing that should be detailed narration. Oh, and I decided to work from the end to the beginning this month. Some of the notes I've skipped because I just don't have the time to really dive into them and fix the problem. Rather than skip those notes again, I'm just jumping to another point in the story that needs work, too. As long as it all gets done, it doesn't matter what order I do it in, right? Right.

Well, I'd better make the most of my quiet house and do some editing. Till next time!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Let the NovelPI begin!

Here we are, September 1. I couldn't sleep, so I decided to get my two pages of editing done right away. What a great way to start the month, diving back into my novel! It'll try to update here periodically, but I am staggeringly busy at the moment- school, kids, homework, school, being sick, life in general- you get the idea. I'll update daily on twitter. Follow me, if you dare.

Happy writing.