Saturday, January 1, 2011

Story Update

All right...with the holidays and everything, I've kind of fallen off writing my original story so I've set up a new goal for myself. I want to get this story done by next week. I'm giving myself until Friday, 1/7 (keep an eye on my "original word count" to the left to see if I reach my goal). I don't have a ton left to write. It's just a matter of sitting down and doing it. Then I've got to edit.

I hate editing my own work. I mean, I sincerely loathe it. LOL, don’t get me wrong, I do edit my work and even have someone else look at it to clean up what I missed, but it’s my least favorite thing to do when it comes to writing. I’ll write a chapter, put off editing for a week, and then I’ll go through it.

With my original story, I've stuck with NaNoWriMo's philosophy, which is to write first and edit later. I haven't gone back to clean up anything, and I wrote a good portion of this story in the early hours of the morning (I'm talking 4 AM'ish). I'm sure a lot of what I wrote doesn't make sense. It'll take awhile to clean it up.

I'm also thinking about taking out a major plot point. It's going to throw off some of the storyline if I do and make some characters pretty redundant, but it might be for the best. I guess I have some time to think about it. What I really need to do is write out the outlines for the next two stories after this one. I have a rough idea of what's going to happen in each one so I know the direction I’m headed, but maybe I'll get some clarity once everything is written out in detail.

Once I get the first draft of this story done and *sighs* I edit, I'm going to give it to a couple of family members to read. I’ve read before that it’s never a good idea to have your family read your work for constructive feedback, but I can’t afford to hire an editor and one family member has a degree in creative writing. He’s also my favorite critic (LOL, which in this case is a positive thing), and then it's back to editing again. After that I’ll give it to someone new to read, edit a final time, and then send out my first queries. Eep!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful New Year's Day! I also hope that this year will be filled with lots of luck and happiness...for all of us. ;)

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