Slowly and surely I’m making head way into this WIP. It’s been years since I wrote the first draft, and I have to admit I got a little discourage this past summer about ever finishing it. It’s easy to fall into this little hole. I mean, I’ve been editing/revising the first several chapters for almost five years and I’m no where near finished.
My progress is that I have a great start to a great novel. Twitter helps me keep going. The writers and authors I follow provide a great community of ideas, tips, tricks, and motivation to keep going. Hopefully, I’ll be unveiling a box of books or cover reveal in the near future.
I’ve changed my editing process. I’m taking time each day concentrating on my breathing and clearing my mind from distractors. I’m not engaged on social media as much either, so I do less tweeting and posting. I’ll read a blog here and there of course and retweet and like a few, yet I’m focused solely on DOA.
I’m taking my time because I have one shot. Once it’s published that’s it. I’m not aiming for perfection, but right the first time. I love fantasy and this world I’ve created needs to be told how I see it.
It’s been a hot minute. I’ve been editing, revising, and writing here and there just not as much I use to because…well, life. One thing I’ve been doing this summer was blogging on my Writing to the Music site because I really love music. I still love discovering new artist very similar to those I’ve blogged about. I’ve created a playlist on Spotify since my iTunes account is under my name and not my pen name.
I’m a NaNoWriMo 2017 participant this year. I’m not sure how on earth I’m going to juggle this, but I think that’s the point. I’m going to finish the revised draft of Destiny of an Azurine (DOA). I’ve been editing and revising here and there, but not consistently. So, November is the month to do so. (I plan to revise Charity of an Azurine during Camp NanoWriMo.)
I pledge the whole month of November to completing Destiny of an Azurine. I promise to devote my mornings and evenings to this project. My username on NaNoWriMo is amayawrites. You can find me and we can be buddies and get through this month together.
Opening my WIP today, I noticed I haven’t touched this chapter since April 2017. I’ve been reading through these chapters lately and fine tuning a character. The idea came to me one night and I acted as quick as I could to get it all down at a stop light on my way back from the store.
I noticed not all of my characters are strong, and I’ve been going back through them making sure they are as I need them to be, not just their personality. They need to be believable, realistic, and likable or unlikeable. Even though I’m writing fantasy, I need the reader to care about them even if they aren’t one of the main characters.
Also, I still have Draft 1 of my manuscript, and I was looking for particular scene I cut out. This scene was still woven into the rest of my chapter and leaked into the next. I read through it, and can’t remember why I got rid of it, so I’m putting it back in.
This editing and revising part is very meticulous, yet little by little I’m making progress. Setting aside at least 30 minutes or so a day helps. I’ll be participating in Camp NanoWrimo this July and come up with goal, plan, and strategy to tackle DOA.
Going on vacay at the end of the month, so not sure if I’ll be getting any edits or revisions done, so I’ll make a goal of at least 2 hours dedicated to editing and revisions. I’ll break into 30 minutes sessions. It’ll be good practice for Camp NanoWrimo. If you need a cabinmate in July look me up!