Hello Weekend Writing Warriors. I’ll be taking a couple weeks off while I finish my latest WIPs. I’ll be back soon.
Where did the week go? Where did the month go?
I’ve been in the editing cave for so many weeks now that I think I’ve lost track of time. But wait, what’s that? I see a smidgen of light way down at the end of my cave.
Yes! I can see it. 😀
I got notes back on all my manuscripts this week. My betas are superheros. They can see the story under the flaws. They can see what works and what doesn’t. They gave me advice that allows me to see the story from a different angle. I’d gotten too close to my manuscripts. After reading their notes, I could see how to improve my stories. Gosh, I love that. It renews my love affair with my characters and makes me excited to finish.
I wish my superheros didn’t live so far away. I want to give them big bear hugs.
One of my WIPs has shifted from ruff around the edges to smooth and shiny on a couple sides. I’m so close. After one more slow read through, I just might hit send.
I may still be working on the manuscript I’d hoped to send out back in December, but I’ve made such great progress recently that I’m letting it go. I realize now that nerves and lack of confidence kept me from working on these projects. This problem isn’t going away, but I need to do a better job of seeing it and dealing with it.
I’m ending this round on a high and I can not wait to start the next round of 80-days.
The Goals – week-11 results
- Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters- done.
- Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting- done. I worked on the manuscript everyday this week and added 1.5k words. I smoothed out so many little things and tightened bits here and there.
- Take care of and be kind to myself (start w/ a relaxing ritual and daily breaks from technology)– done. I took the tech breaks, but I let my house go. Please don’t bring your white gloves to my house today, lol. I did clean my kitchen and bathrooms yesterday. I knew I needed a big push on the WIP this past week. So, I let things slide and it took a lot of the pressure off. Wahoo!
What you might have missed here this week:
Good luck…I hate cleaning and I have lots of it to do today.
Me too, Nancy. So glad my book isn’t done yet. Wait, what? Lol!
Break time from cleaning–LOL!
A good beta really is worth their weight in gold. I’m so glad things are moving ahead for you.
So true, Angelica. Not sure what I would have done without you. I probably still wouldn’t be published. That’s for sure.
Well done on your progress and good luck with those WIPs!
Polishing a WIP is a lot like polishing stones, isn’t it?
I feel the same way about my critique partners. They really help make a manuscript shine!
I have to give myself time off between finishing a draft of a story and revising it. If I don’t, I’m simply too close to it–I can’t see the forest for the trees.
Well done on your goals 🙂