So, I’ve decided I’m going to combine #WIPWednesday and #WIPpetWednesday and just kind of lump them together as the former. Sorry if this is confusing at all, but hopefully from now on it will be pretty straightforward!
Anyway, I HAVE VERY EXCITING NEWS TO SHARE!
Wait for it …
I finished the first draft of I Chose the Monster. FINALLY!!!
It took me three years and it’s massively long, but I got through this draft at last––and hopefully this is the worst it will ever be. It can only go uphill from here, right? *Laughs nervously*
Anyway, on to #WIPWednesday/#WIPpetWednesday!
WIP: I Chose the Monster
Writing or Revising: Revising???? Although I haven’t really started yet.
Current Word Count: 154,347
Progress Since Last Week: 3,200 words
How It’s Going:
As I’ve already said, I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT. So, I’m really glad that’s finally out of the way. It took me a ridiculously long time, and a lot of starting and stopping along the way thanks to life/college, but I did it at last.
That said, I’m not going to let myself dwell in this accomplishment for too long. The current draft is a total mess and I need to tackle edits.
Honestly, I’m really overwhelmed by how much revising I need to do. I’ve tried to edit my own manuscripts in the past, but it’s always been kind of a bust. I get too frustrated and I’ve always ended up giving up.
To be fair, I wrote all but one of my previous manuscripts during high school––so I was quite inexperienced with editing, and I didn’t have much of a thick skin yet, so I was a bit resistant to make changes to my work.
Now that I’ve graduated college, I have a bit more experience/knowledge under my belt. I’m much more willing to “kill my darlings” and start things from scratch if need be. Hopefully that will help.
This is the first time I’ve really taken revisions seriously, so … wish me luck!
Goal For Next Week:
I’m currently making a list of all the chapters/scenes I’ve written of ICTM and starting to think about which ones I’ll want to keep and which to toss.
My other main problem is, the story doesn’t really have a central conflict right now. At the moment, I think it falls into the realm of “episodic storytelling” which I really don’t want. I want to keep a lot of the same characters and themes and whatnot, but the whole thing needs to be fleshed out more and have a more coherent plot. So, I want to start tackling that––or at least brainstorming about what I should do about it.
I also hope to still be doing some writing this week, even if it’s just a little bit. I started re-reading The Resurrectionists (my NaNo ’15 novel) this morning, and I’m thinking about continuing it from where I left off.
If I feel like I’m stretching myself too thin, though, maybe I’ll just focus on revisions. Guess I’ll just play it by ear.
This is my first time participating in #WIPpetWednesday and hopefully I understand the rules correctly! From what I’ve gathered, I think you’re supposed to post a snippet from your WIP that’s related to the date somehow.
Since it’s 2/10: I went to a random page, skipped the first 2 lines, and I’m posting the 10 lines that come after that. (It might not be 10 lines on WordPress but it is on Scrivener, haha.)
A heavy weight crashes into me from behind, knocking the breath out of me. Fingers dig so hard into my shoulder that I exclaim in pain.
“Nina …” It’s Juliet, slumping against me, gripping onto my shoulder. Her other hand is fixed against the back of her neck. Her breathing is labored, her eyes glassy.
Ice-cold panic runs through me. I have one arm around her, but it’s not enough. She suddenly drops like all the life has rushed out of her, and I only barely manage to keep her head from hitting the concrete.
“Juliet?” I shake her. Nothing. “Juliet?”
How about you guys:
- How are your WIPs going? How has your progress been this week?
- Do you have any advice to share about revising? (I desperately need it!)