Sunday ROW80 check-in

ROW80LogocopyOverall, it was a productive week. I finally got past the wall of anxiety that kept blocking me on my revisions. I realized that if I’m good enough to write a first draft, I’m capable enough to revise that draft a few more times until it’s just right. I also realized that while there are scenes I definitely need to fix, there are also scenes that are pretty good as they stand and just need some clarification and minor revision. Now that I’m past the two-thirds mark in revising, I’m definitely breathing a little easier.

1.) Writing:

  • Finish the second draft of the novella I finished in Round 1, “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” I’m about two-thirds of the way through the read-through and hope to finish that process up early in the upcoming week. After that, I’m going to make a scene chart and dig into the actual revisions, one chapter at a time.

2.) Read 4 books on the craft/business of writing.

  • 3 of 4 books read. This week, I read Cathy Yardley’s “Rock Your Revisions” and finished reading Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.”

3.) Social media:

  • Check in on Twitter daily. Every day except Thursday.
  • Comment on 3-5 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Target met.
  • Blog 2 times a week. Target met.

What about you? Does revising ever make you a little nervous? And how are your writing goals coming along this week?

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15 thoughts on “Sunday ROW80 check-in

  1. I do think revising can be a bit more intimidating, because when writing a first draft, we can tell ourselves it’s OK to write crap and power through it, knowing we can always fix it later. But when it’s time to do the fixing, that’s when we’re supposed to make it good. A lot more pressure. So good on you for getting over the hump, and keep up the good work!

    1. That’s one of the things I’m realizing as I revise this story. There is a lot more pressure when working on a second draft, but I’m trying to use that pressure to my advantage to make this story sing. Thanks!

  2. Yes, I get nervous revising, I also feel the same way about watch myself act of stage. I get really critical and self conscious. Do as Dory (from Finding Nemo) Just keep swimming, that’s all you can do. 🙂 You got this!!

    1. I never thought of it that way, but it’s true that writing a first draft is like practicing for a play and writing a second draft is like the dress rehearsal. Soon, our work will be on display for an audience, and that fact can be nerve-wracking.

      Thanks, Cindy!

  3. “I realized that if I’m good enough to write a first draft, I’m capable enough to revise that draft a few more times until it’s just right.” This is such a great way to think of it, Denise. Actually finishing a draft is a HUGE step, so if we can get past that point, we can do practically anything! Having just gotten to about 2/3rds of my own draft and having just gotten over my own anxiety about it, I think there might be something about the middle of a draft that just makes everything seem a little harder, because now everything is going just swell. It’s good to hear that you’re forging forward, too. Keep it up!

    1. Yes, it’s easy to get stuck in the middle of our story. I used to be a full-out pantser, so when I got stuck, I was really STUCK. But now I’m doing a bit of plotting and that helps, but it doesn’t completely keep the anxiety from surfacing. Once we’re past a certain point and we can see the end, the writing–or rewriting–gets easier. Thanks!

  4. I was clicking along well with my revision- and then I set it aside for CampNaNo and A-Z. I’m having some anxiety about diving back in…part of it is that I’m focused on Story A Day, but it’s also that i’m out of the habit. Dipping my toes back in, slowly…

    And I’m writing. Lots. =D

    1. If we’re overwhelmed with a big project–such as revising a lengthy manuscript–starting slowly and breaking it into manageable chunks can definitely help. I try to focus on a chapter at a time, and that helps ease some of the anxiety. Good luck with your writing and revising, Shan Jeniah!

  5. I get you on the anxiety of revising. It feels like I’ve been revising my WiP, Flames of Redemption, forever. Maybe because I wrote the first, crappy, draft a couple years ago. Tried revising it. Did another read through & realized it would be better to just rewrite it. Did that last year for NaNo. Revised that one in January. Now I’m revising it again before I send it to my CP. And that has me even more anxious. Because I love these characters and their story, and I worry no one else will.

    Good luck on your revisions.

    1. Yes, I have a story like that, one that’s going to call for substantial rewrites. It’s also the first paranormal romance I ever wrote, so while it’s not surprising that the piece needs work, it’s also overwhelming. I suspect there’s a freedom we feel when writing a first draft–the one we write with the door shut, just to get the story out–that we don’t feel when we revise. During revisions, we have to think about our readers, and we want them to have a great reading experience, and that adds pressure.

      Best of luck with your revisions, Fallon! We’ll have to stick together and fend off the revision anxiety!

  6. Oh what did you think of On Writing? I loved it although a lot of the advice doesn’t work for me. Such as the pantsing recommendation. I break out in a sweat and freak out at the thought of diving in without an outline. And likewise on the editing = 1st draft -10%. My first drafts are so bare if I had to cut rather than add I’d be in serious trouble! Then again I loved the concept of the writer’s toolbox. And it’s fun to read anything by Stephen King, the man is a genius.
    And thanks for stopping by my blog to welcome me to ROW 80 by the way!

    1. I liked it. Some of it was stuff I already knew, but it’s always good to have a refresher, especially regarding those pesky adverbs. They like to creep into my first drafts! I loved his advice to write the first draft with the door closed and revise with the door open.

      Thanks for stopping by, Celine!

      1. Oh yes the door open / door closed thing is fantastic. It’s very hard to do though, I find it really hard to shut off my inner editor who keeps reminding me that I’m writing stuff that someone will have to read at some point.

      2. Me too. Reading Roz Morris’s “Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books…” helped me to overcome my inner critic, as did reading Julia Cameron’s books.

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