Writing Quote

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Creating as an Editing Tool

Hey! I made it back before the month ended. Look at how good I am!

I'm a little behind on my editing for this month, but I've gotten some time in every day and I've scratched one item off my list already. The problem I'm running into now that keeps me from spending more time actively editing my MS is the need to create. I don't mean that I want to work on something new and it's distracting me from editing. I mean that as I edit, it becomes necessary in the editing process to create something new.

For example, the scene I'm working on right now is super short compared to all the other chapters. That's not a horrible thing, but it has me questioning whether the information revealed in that chapter is essential. Some of it is. So I figure I can either try to extend the chapter with some new material that will make further necessary revelations or I can try to combine a couple related chapters, which means writing this information from a different character's perspective. In either case, I'm creating new material. And that's where I'm stuck. In one case, I need some stock characters that I don't really need to keep track of later. In the other case, the information will be presented second hand, after the fact.

I have to remind myself that I don't have to keep any changes that I make. I could write the scene both ways and see which works better. I'm having difficulty switching from edit mode to create mode. So my question for my fellow writers is:

When you need to create during the edit phase of a project, how do you get your brain to shift back and forth between the edit mindset and the create mindset?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

No time to say hello. Goodbye!

Just popping in for a quick breath of noveling community before plunging back into writing, family, and school work (not always in that order).

I'm still 100% for writing every day in 2012. Though I didn't quite get through all my goals in February. Okay, I only got about half of them done. But still, I got HALF of them DONE!! I could have fizzled out and done nothing, but I'm still making progress. And I'm very happy with the progress I'm making. That's all that matters, right?

With a truckload of school reading to do, a couple of tests and an essay or two (and that's just THIS WEEK), I have been reluctant to commit myself to anything official this month. But this is March, and NaNoEdMo is on. That's 50 hours of editing in a month, which is roughly 97 minutes a day. My entire body freezes up at the thought of giving up that much study time/play time/cuddle time/cleaning time/reading time EVERY DAY. And I've never won a NaNoEdMo before. I don't know if I can do this...

But I'm going to try. And if I only roll out 20 hours or even just 1 hour for the month, I hope that time will have made a difference to my novel.

Here's how I'd like to spend my 50 hours of editing:

Finish outlining my existing story (only 3 more chapters to go)
Begin outlining the rest of my unwritten story
Fix some of the plot holes I've noticed

That's about as far as my ambition goes at the moment. If I don't make it back here until next month, I hope your nanoedmo goes well, too.