Set the manuscript aside, set the manuscript aside…
But I don’t want to. I’m ready to start slicing and dicing, slashing and gnashing.
But, then again, if Stephen King says set it aside, I suppose I ought.
I’m over halfway through “On Writing” and learning some essential stuffs. I’m such a n00b. I guess I had to start somewhere. So, the six chapters I finished yesterday need to ferment, or rise, or stew, or something. I don’t have much time so I shall put them aside for a week. Ok? I know that’s not much, but I’m not Stephen King, so there. I’m going to read this week, and put together some ideas for book two.
Do you set aside your manuscript at break points and let it rest before editing?
I made good progress this weekend and wrapped up a couple chapters. Now I am folding back in some first draft content and it’s like my brain has turned to GoJo.
Get er done. I got er done. My first submission had page numbers but I forgot my name and Book title, ugh. I may have to withdraw and resubmit. Got the second submission done tonight. I’m done except the fine tuning on chapter 4, and got a good start on chapter 5 yesterday.
When you’re trying to write. She’s so good I keep stopping to listen. Putting on instrumental music now.
The first was relatively easy since it was an online form and they accepted .doc files. The author bio was tough. Patience will now be the thing. This publisher takes 3 to 9 months to go through submissions. So, back to my next 6 chapters. whew. I’m glad that step is out of the way.
this week. Wow. Rain, of course. We wouldn't be green in Washington without the rain. We wouldn't have moss on our trees without rain. We wouldn't be so depressed without the rain.
But, enough about rain, we want to talk about the GOOD!
So, much good music this week! If you are a new release Tuesday freak like me you should have an ear to ear smile. Dream Theater, Sarah Jarosz, CHVRCHES, Elton John, Tarja, Au Revoir Simone, Mazzy Star, Kings of Leon, Phil Wickham, Matt Redman, Gungor. Please listen to at least some of the new music every week. It will expand your mind, and if loud enough, damage your hearing. Nothing like listening to Bluegrass on 10. :)
So much good in writing. I have my first three chapters of Peace Border written and, as I mentioned earlier this week, I actually like them now. I ran them past my editor for one last sanity check (there always is the possibility that I am delusional). She said it looked ready for submission after one last tweak. That is this week's assignment. Oh, and I now have two places to submit the first part of the book. This could be my first rejection e-mails. I will frame them. If I am fortunate enough to get an acceptance I will continue to listen to Bluegrass on 10.
So much good in weight loss. I started out my efforts to drop 20 pounds back at the end of June. I made my goal yesterday morning. I'm pretty darned excited. Must be all that Bluegrass on 10. Or perhaps the 1800 calorie a day diet and 5 days a week in the gym. I'm going with Bluegrass on 10.
Don't you love it when you work and grok and work and flounder for months until finally, BAMM, so much good.
What's been your good this week?
I'm finally getting comfortable with my first three chapters. It's been a tough number of revisions and rewrites, editorial advice, reader confusion, reader delight. Now, finally, I'm liking my own stuff. Is that bad? Maybe this is a delusion? Maybe I have numbed my senses to the awfulness of what's on the page? I know it can always get better. I know it will never be done. But, I also know I need to move on, to submit, to take my chances, to steel for rejection but hope for victory, to be patient, to be neurotic, depressed, elated. I don't know. But I do know the story makes some sense now. It flows better. I must muscle some better verbs into the story, but I think it is ever so close to a final read by my readers and editor. Goal is to submit to the small press that is interested in the story line before the end of the month. Must have goals or I would be caught in an endless editing / rewriting loop. I don't expect anyone will say, "whoa, this is perfect, don't change a thing..." But, I'm hoping someone says, "I get it, I see where you are going. The characters are interesting. I'd like to read more." Probably too much to ask, but here's hoping for thumbs up.