Midweek ROW80 check-in

ROW80Logocopy45. That’s how many pages of notes I’ve taken so far on my WIP “Made of Shadows.” The good news is that the manuscript won’t be a total rewrite. The beginning is more than a little rocky, but toward the middle a lot of what I’ve written has already been revised several times and needs only minor edits. There are still some unanswered questions, a few plot holes to fill in, but most of the writing is solid. I’m currently about 85 percent of the way through the read-through, according to my Kindle. I hope to finish it tomorrow.

It’s interesting to read through a story I wrote several years ago and see how far my writing has come. There are mistakes I made then that I wouldn’t make now—overusing a character’s name when a pronoun would suffice, awkward wording that today I would’ve caught as soon as it was on the page, etc.

My goal for this story is to start submitting it to contests later this year, so at least the first part of my summer will be spent on revisions. I’m still aiming to have a couple of stories query-ready by the end of the year, even though I’m still debating whether I want to self-publish my shorter works. I’m leaning toward yes, but I haven’t decided yet. I’m toying with the idea of a hybrid path—try to get my longer works traditionally published and self-publish the shorter stuff. So I have that decision to make in the coming months.

We’ve completed the home inspection for the townhouse we’re buying, so this summer will be a full one, first getting the apartment ready for new tenants, and then making the townhouse livable. Next week I might pause in writing in order to do a massive cleaning/organizing of the apartment so we can start looking for someone to take over our lease. And then, at some point amid the chaos of moving, I’ll need to start prepping for the class I’ll be teaching in the fall.

What about you? What are your summer plans? Have you ever picked up an older WIP after setting it aside for a while?

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10 thoughts on “Midweek ROW80 check-in

  1. I have a novel that I wrote quickly in 2008-ish and had posted in rough serial form that I’ve considered going back to and rewriting. But, man, it would be a lot of work. I’ve raised the bar for myself pretty high in the last five years and getting that book *right* would take some doing. So, huge “Kudos!” for jumping back into an old WIP and making those words work for you!

    • Same here. It’s a lot of work, and it’s amazing how much I’ve changed and grown as a writer since I wrote this story. I believe it’s a solid story with a lot of potential, so now I just have to use those skills I’ve honed to bring out that potential. If you do decide to go back to your story, good luck. Let me know how it goes!

  2. Congrats on the townhouse. You have lots to do ahead of you! You’ve got it totally under control. 🙂

    I’m also likely to finish my manuscript read through tomorrow. I’m hoping my messy notes make sense when I go back to page 1 and start draft 2. Glad your work was as intensive as you originally feared. You’ll get this story right this time, I know it! 🙂 Keep up the awesome work.

    • Thanks. It’s all a little overwhelming, to be honest, but I’m trying to break everything up into smaller steps. With revising I try to take it one chapter at a time, so if I can apply that same mentality to moving, hopefully I don’t stress out too much.

      Thanks, Gloria! Good luck with finishing your read-through! 🙂

  3. Blessings on the Townhouse!!! huzzah! and glad tidings!!

    Ah, I remember getting to close on the house and prepping for the move. Sending you good vibes for a smooth transition and for someone to rent your current.

    I am trying to submit my shorter work to get published. No luck yet, but I think the pieces need some additional work. Maybe I am not quite ready to get published, but then I think if I don’t try then how will I know. So I keep submitting and IF they offer constructive criticism, I totally take it. That’s something I have learn in the last year, that the rejection letters will outweigh the acceptance. But, you have to write and re-write (and revise) to get anywhere.

    I have one more show, Denise, called Zombie Prom at months end. Then in June and through August I can focus on my writing, editing, and submissions. It’ll be my first major theatre hiatus, with time for me and the hubs. 🙂

    • Thank you, Cindy!

      The way I see it is that you’ll get a lot of no’s before you get that one yes–but you only need one yes per story. Good luck with your submission process. If you’re getting constructive feedback, even if the ultimate answer is no, you’re probably on the right track.

      Okay, Zombie Prom sounds fun and awesome. Break a leg! And happy writing during your theatre hiatus! 🙂

  4. Exciting times, new townhouse, revived story… All good news though.

    Just out of curiosity, how do you put your own work onto your Kindle device for reading and reviewing, as in, does it have to be an actual Kindle connected to your computer? I use the Kindle Reader on my iPhone, and I’d love to try something like that to see and experience how my manuscript would work in that format. Have you tried this before?

    From what I’ve heard about hybrid authorship, it can be a very effective way to get exposure and support.

    • You can read .docx files on a Kindle, so what I just do is change the formatting a little bit–I usually double-space but find it’s easier to read single-spaced files on the Kindle–and email the file to my Kindle email address. Then, voila, the manuscript is on my Kindle. It should work the same if you’re using the app on your smart phone, although I’m not 100 percent sure since I’ve never tried it. It’s the best way I’ve found to do a read-through. I hope this info helps!

      Yes, the more I think about it, the more it seems like a good path. I just need to think on it a little more before I’m ready to commit to a path. Thanks, Eden!

  5. Congrats on the townhouse, that’s exciting! Moving is always stressful and takes up so much (writing) time, but it sounds like you have somewhere lovely to move to, so that makes it worthwhile!

    I love reading back on old things I’d written and seeing how much my writing has improved. Makes me thing that in a year or two things will have improved even more which is always encouraging!

    • Thanks, Celine! I’m excited, although it’s been a while since I’ve moved and it’s more stressful than I remember it being. But maybe that’s just buying vs. renting. We have to find someone to take over our lease, so that’s the next step.

      I can definitely see ways my writing has improved. I made mistakes in this manuscript that I would catch today, and there are plot holes I probably would’ve noticed earlier in the process had I written this story more recently. Rewriting it is going to be an adventure!

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