As always, I’d like to begin this week’s progress report by thanking all of you awesome people who’ve followed, liked and/or commented on my blog!
Days Until Beginning the Third Draft (February 11): 2
No stats this week, since I’m not directly working on my manuscript.
Short Story Progress
Funny thing happened this week with regards to my short story. Almost as soon as I’d given up on the prospect of submitting a story for the competition, another idea popped into my head. I won’t elaborate just yet, but I did manage to get just over 3,000 words written for it. I’m still not certain if it will work out or not, but I finally feel like I have something to work with.
Break TBR List Progress
Unfortunately, I didn’t finish any books this week. I still have the same two ARC reads – neither of which are overdue – but as this was my last week on break, I let myself relax.
Thoughts On Leaving My Book Alone
I picked up my paper manuscript after work on Saturday and created a fairly rigorous schedule for completing my third draft. Just like last time, this entailed both writing out the schedule in my writer’s notebook, as well as going through the manuscript itself and flagging each chapter with a post-it marked with the date I’d like to have each chapter completed by. And I’m proud to say that even in doing that, I didn’t read any of it. Well, okay, aside from noticing one VERY explicit line at the top of a page. I sure hope the people at Staples weren’t paying attention when they printed and bound it for me, because yikes.
For the third draft, I will not be doing a full rewrite this time around. Though I do believe I learned from the rewriting experience, I don’t think it’s good for me to completely rewrite my novel again, word for word. This time, I will do more of a traditional self-edit. I will go through the paper manuscript, marking changes I’d like to make, then go through the second draft doc and make changes instead of completely rewriting from scratch. I believe this will save time and allow me to edit more closely to my normal style.
Goals for the Coming Week
Regarding my book, I’d like to complete the edits for Chapters 1 and 2.
With respect to the short story, I’m not going to push too hard and set up specific goals. I don’t want to burn out while working on my book, but if I can continue to produce more for it, then I will. If not, no pressure.
Finally, I hope to be able to finish both ARC reads in the coming week as I buckle back down.
Note to self
As I start on the draft that beta readers will see, I can feel my anxiety peak. Every time I think of another set of eyes – let alone four sets – reading my book, my stomach drops a little. But even if they hate it, even if everyone hates it and it never sells a single copy, it wouldn’t stop me. At the end of the day, I’m still doing this for me. And I’m going to do my very best to never forget that.