I have had a brilliant month for writing. I didn’t get organized enough to join RWA’s 50k in 30 days challenge; but I’ve been there in spirit, and last night, I reached the magical END of His Brand Of Beautiful.
I don’t know about other people, but I’m one of those writers who goes chapter by chapter, scene by scene, and revises and ditches and cuts and starts again until I’m happy enough to keep going to the next scene or chapter. So because of that, to finally get to Chapter 25 yesterday afternoon and tidy it up late into last night. It just feels amazing. I slept better last night than I have in ages having got it all down. This book has been writing itself in my head every night for about a year; and last night it was quiet. For me, that’s saying something.
In my ‘real’ life, I edit a magazine part-time so I can contribute some cash to the household budget. There’s only four issues a year, but one of these is July and that too is all tracking on schedule.
So gold star to me.
HBOB is currently sitting in four files called First. Second. Last. (and then it grew on me as I ‘pantzed’ my way through so I needed a new file called [fittingly] Final). Today, kids willing, I get to combine the files for the first time, which feels like a milestone, and when that’s done I think I’ll have about 85,000 words.
July will be another read-thru and polish month. In early August, hubby and the kids and I are road-tripping from South Australia to Noosa to see friends. We’ll be away just under two weeks. My plan is to print the whole thing out at the end of July and take a hard copy on holiday.
Jenny Cruise on her website a few weeks back shared her revision process of the first chapter of her current book. She printed, edited, then scanned her pages and published them on her blog so that you can see her hand-made edits and queries. http://www.arghink.com/2012/06/07/the-12-days-of-liz-day-eight-a-little-belated-proof-of-edit/
It’s really interesting. I think the generosity of authors and what they share on their blogs with readers and budding writers like me is amazing really. I’m not sure quite what other industries are so kind-spirited in that regard. Perhaps chefs and cooking. They’re always happy to share.