March is halfway over now, which by association also means I’m on the downward part of the NaNoEdMo hill. In 17 days I’ve rewritten around 6 scenes. I say around because the final fight isn’t cut into neat sections.
Six-ish scenes in almost 28 hours of work.
It doesn’t look like a lot when you compare the numbers, but it is. I’m rewriting pretty much every chapter in this draft. And if I’m going to rewrite a chapter to fix voice, I might as well widen the stroke to fix other major issues. Plot beats and structure are being hit too. The foundations for setting, world, and secondary characters are getting reinforced.
When I *tried* to start revising in February and wanted to bang my head on the keyboard, two of my friends suggested to try approaching it as another first draft. I had no idea what they meant at the time. Now I do: give myself permission to write complete shit, AGAIN.
The funny thing, though, is that it’s less shitty the second time around. Maybe it’s been given a pat on the back and upgraded to crappy. I’m still way over-writing scenes and struggling to find the POV heroine’s voice, but there’s a bit of light poking holes in the angry revision cloud of doom.
Obviously I’m not going to finish draft two within 22 more hours of work. Or even by the end of the month. If I can find a revision process, and lowering the amount of time it takes to rewrite a scene or chapter, I’ll be ecstatic.
I actually decided to update my writing schedule a.k.a. goals. Clearly I am crazy because, again, I’ve only rewritten 6 out of god knows how many scenes for this freakin book. This is what I’m talking about:
- March thru April (…June): finish draft 2 of UF #1, send to betas; write query, synopsis, and pitches for Twitter
- April 23 – 24 = DFWCon (not planning to pitch or consult w/ any agent)
- June thru July: outline & flesh out DF idea
- June 9 = Pitmad for UF #1
- June ?? = SFFPit for UF #1
- July: Draft DF book for CampNaNo
- start prepping PitchWars submission
- August thru September: complete draft 3 of UF #1; work on query, synopsis, blurb, etc.
- August 3 = PitchWars subs open (!)
- September thru October: complete draft 3 of UF #1 if not finished, send to CPs/NTSFW; additional plotting/planning for UF #2
- PitchWars revisions (if picked)
- November: finish draft of UF #2 for NaNoWriMo; work on query, synopsis, Twitter pitches, etc. for UF #1
- December: finish draft of DF; work on draft 4 for UF #1
- December 1 = Pitmad for UF #1
- December ? = SFFPit for UF #1
So yeah. Wouldn’t that be nice if all those things got done? I’d probably hate myself next Feb. with all the revisions I’d have to look forward to. But it’d be so worth it.