Fuzzy Lines

If it’s completely different from the ‘first’ draft can you still call it the ‘second’ draft? I’ve come to realize when this novel is finished I won’t have a clear answer to the question ‘How many drafts did it take?’ The lines between drafts are already becoming fuzzy.

I’m nowhere near finished the second draft of my novel—of course it’s taking longer than planned—but I can already tell it will be very different from the first. On the bright side, it’s much more coherent thus far. There’s a good chance I’ll let other people see this one so I can get some feedback. Then between the feedback and my own fickle mind it will be interesting to see what draft three looks like.

I’m not entirely surprised by the amount of changes considering how dishevelled the first draft was. It would seem I can’t count on ideas coming to me in any kind of proper order. There have been a few short stories that I’ve written start to finish in an afternoon that remained more or less intact after revisions. Usually though, it seems I have to dump all the piece out of my brain then step back and examine them to find the story’s chronology. This is probably why serial publishing turned out to be a mistake for me. Well, mistake isn’t the right word. It was a learning experience.

Not that I didn’t reread and revise every chapter before publishing, but by the time I got to chapter ten of Dosterra, I already wanted to make serious changes to chapters one through nine. I haven’t discounted the idea of eventually finishing this story, but I think I will have to actually finish it, and rewrite it, then maybe it will be ready to send out to the world. (The novel I’m working on now is an entirely different one.)

This has been the latest musing of a short story writer/wannabe novelist. And yeah, I’m procrastinating. Back to the novel now I swear.

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Draft One of ??? Complete

I actually have a complete first draft of a novel! I wasn’t sure it would ever happen. Hang on while I savour it for a moment…

…Ok. About the draft:

1) Title TBD. The story has the same main character and universe that I created in one of my short stories, but I may or may not keep the original title. I’m currently thinking not, the story has changed a lot, but I am yet to think of a good alternative so we’ll see. 2) It’s a mess. It is a first draft as Joanne Fedler describes here: The first draft and the rewriteVomit in a bucket. An apt, if gross, metaphor. But, all the pieces to the puzzle are there. What remains is for me to go back and decide which pieces to keep, which to throw away, and what needs reshaping for a better fit.   Continue reading

The Edit Loop

Aside from Dosterra, I am also working on a novel that I actually plan to complete, edit and refine before subjecting anyone else to it.

I started it over the summer, got about halfway through, didn’t like where it was going and started again. I did make some progress. This time, I made it a little farther than halfway before getting stuck. As I discussed the other day being unsure what to write next tempted me to get into the editing process. Bad idea.

I resisted the urge for a little while and actually think I know now where I want things to go next. Unfortunately, in the meantime I read How Not to Write a Novel  and now I know how many mistakes I’ve been making.

Tug-of-war over, I’ve tipped over the edge. I’m going through it from the beginning…again. Though I’m hardly starting from scratch, it feels like I am. Still, I just can’t leave what I’ve written as is. I’m trapped in the edit loop, and it may take a miracle for me to  get out and finish this thing—the danger of working without a deadline I guess.

Buddhists say it is impossible to love and hate something at the same time. I beg to differ. Maybe tomorrow I’ll work on a short story instead.

Dosterra Chapter Ten

Our trio have to adapt to the fifteenth century–no coffee shops here–and some of Iden’s secrets are bubbling to the surface in Dosterra chapter ten. Now available on JukePop Serials.

Yes, once again, it’s been sometime between chapters. I’ll confess that it’s because I’m working on something else concurrently (more on that in later posts) and I’d rather publish slowly than have the quality to decline because I’m rushing. But the story will continue…I have to get them out of this mess now that they’re in it after all 😉

Buckle Down and Edit – Dosterra Chapter Nine

Editing. The part where I rewrite, second guess, and go crazy because I know that no matter how many times I re-read (and even with my husband’s willingness to be a second set of eyes), some typos will slip through. It’s also just not as much fun as the writing part–I know, this is why people hire editors, but I’m not spending money on that at this juncture.

Actually, one of my worst habits in writing is probably my tendency to edit while I write. Exactly what everyone says not to do. And they’re right. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost my train of thought because I went back to fix that grammar mistake that I just couldn’t ignore for fear that I’d miss it later.

I’m working on breaking this habit considering that it doesn’t really reduce the time I have to spend on editing later and it definitely slows the writing process down. It’s a work in progress (or, more accurately, I am a work in progress).

All that said, I do like to finish something then put it away for a while before going back for my final edit-oriented go at it. Sometimes that turns into ‘Out of sight. Out of mind.’ However, I finally edited Dosterra: Chapter Nine, and it’s now available to read on JukePop Serials.

 

Dosterra Chapter Eight

Hello everyone,

First off let me share that, more often than not, the hardest part of finishing a piece of writing is actually submitting it. I’m definitely finding this to be the case with publishing chapters on JukePop. I will be perfectly happy with what I have until the moment when I have to hit that final submit button, because I know that, no matter how many times I’ve checked and rechecked it, a few typos are going to slip through, and once I hit that button there’s not a damn thing I can do about it.

That said, I”m happy to announce that Dosterra Chapter Eight is now available on JukePop Serials in all of its not-perfect glory–and I”m learning to be ok with that 😉

If you’re interested in checking it out, remember that you can read for free and you no longer need to sign up for a JukePop account if you don’t want to. You can sign in via facebook and have access to all eight chapters. I’d love to hear what you think, so as always, don’t be afraid to comment here on my blog or directly on JukePop.

Another 3/5

Thanks for another review of Dosterra by The Book Nook. It only covers ch 1-3 but I’ll take whatever feedback I can get 😉

I’ll take this opportunity to remind everyone that you can now read on JukePop Serials without creating an account if you sign in with facebook.  Either way it’s free and there’s lots of great reading to explore.