ROW80LogocopyOne of my goals for the second round of ROW80 was to finish a second draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” With less than a week to go, that goal is clearly not going to be met. But the good news is that the manuscript is much better than it was when I started this round. I’ve come to realize that I needed a different way of approaching revisions.

I started out trying to revise from beginning to end. That method didn’t work, and I spent a couple weeks spinning my wheels. Now, I’m revising based on which scenes/chapters need the most work—they need a full rewrite, or have major issues with character development or world development. Revising out of order has proven to be much more productive and efficient than working on the chapters in order.

Out of all of this, I’ve learned a valuable lesson about allowing my process to grow and evolve. Getting stuck proved to be a wonderful opportunity to find a new process, one that works much better for me.

Has this ever happened to you? In what ways has your writing process changed as you’ve grown as a writer?

ROW80 check-in

1.) Writing:

  • Goal: to finish the second draft of the novella I finished in Round 1, “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Wrote/rewrote several scenes. Partial revision to one chapter. Started a character voice journal.

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

  • 4 of 4 books read. Continued reading a fifth book, “Revision and Self-Editing” by James Scott Bell.

3.) Social media:

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

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

To fellow ROWers, good luck with the last few days of this round!

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