Around this time last year, I was somewhere in the thick of rewriting and editing my novel. So you could say, on the surface, not much has changed since.
But behind the scenes, a lot has (in my life as well as writing). Since then, I sent the book out to several dear readers, and based on their priceless feedback, I’m even considering making a major change to the ending.
I feel like I’ve been saying that forever, though, because for about a month, I haven’t been able to give my novel the focus and attention it deserves. Life has been throwing me curveballs. And in the scattered moments I have devoted to revisions, my ever-growing list of Things That Need to Change If I Want This Book to Make Any Sense has looked way too intimidating for my already-mushy summer brain, and then I get frustrated.
There have been moments where I wanted to give up. Just close the file, resolve never to think about the misadventures of Brandy/Renee/whatever she wants to be called today again, and attempt to have a normal senior year.
But let’s face it: 1) I believe in this story way too much and I’ve put too much of my life into it to do that and 2) normality is overrated and nonexistent.
So, in the spirit of Camp NaNoWriMo, even though we’re already halfway through July, I’m going to attempt to have a totally revised new draft done by July 29th.
Yes, I’m crazy. Refer to point 2 above.
And why July 29th and not the 31st, you wonder? Am I pushing myself even harder by only giving myself two weeks? Well, short answer: yes. But I know I will have no energy for writing on July 30th because my brain will be all occupied with getting ready to hit the road to see Lord Huron.
And what’s in store after I make all the revisions on my Giant List? Well, I hope to read through the story (yet again) to clean up any tiny inconsistencies that my nuclear revisions caused. This will also be another chance to revive any wilting prose or sagging descriptions. After that, I’ll send the updated version out to some more pairs of eyes.
That’s what I’ve got going on in my corner of the universe!
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