Mission Complete!

Well, I didn’t have classes today, so I decided to be productive. I edited all day long, except for the two hours I did a couple of errands. I started at 8 this morning. My count when I started was 36,711 words. I reached my goal of COMPLETING MY EDITING by the end of March. I feel great! I edited 58,896 words today.

95607 / 95607
(100%)

I am a machine!

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Editing Check In

Well, I’ve come back down from my engagement high a little. I’m still mostly in the air, but I’ve decided it’s time to get back to work. I have a paper to write this week, but other than that my school life has finally calmed down some. It’s still crazy to me that I only have 12 credits and this is by far the busiest semester I’ve had. Odd. Anyway, here’s the word count/progress bar for my editing thus far:

27063 / 95607
(28.31%)

I’m still going to try to get this sucker edited by the end of March. It’s still doable. I’ve got 5 days still. Let’s see what happens!

Editing Word Count Check In

I told myself that I would post my count to keep me motivated. It’s been working rather well. I finished the paper that was hanging over my head, so I spend this evening editing. It felt great, if not a little painful at times. (Did I really write that?) But I’ve found a couple of little gems in there, which made me happy. I’m glad there’s something in the draft that I like.

Anyway, here’s the important part! Tonight’s progress:

11083 / 95607
(11.59%)

Just gotta keep on chugging! 😀

Bad, But Not Terrible!

I finally started editing.  I wanted to start a couple days ago, but school obligations kept me from starting.  My Chinese presentation and world literature paper are nearly complete though!  My goal is still to finish editing by the end of March.  And if I absolutely cannot do it, by the end of the first week in April will be my new goal.  I edited the first chapter and didn’t want to rip my eyes out of my head, so I’m taking that as a good sign.  I have to keep telling myself that this is a draft and it’s going to have mistakes, that it’s supposed to be flawed.  I saw a few glaring errors and felt a little embarrassed that this was what I gave to readers to proof and give feedback.  

Here’s how I did tonight:

2200 / 95607
(2.3%)

Not a whole lot, but it’s a start.  And that’s what I need–to start.

There’s no where to go but up!

Facing the Beast

With the draft of my novel complete, I’ve been lazily ignoring it.  I know, I know.  It’s terrible.  It has been handed off to my readers, some of whom have returned it to me.  The remarks have been thus far been positive, but that’s making me a little nervous.  The praise is great and does wonders for my writing ego, but I know there’s mistakes and they haven’t been addressed.  

Of course, me actually rereading and editing this will help.  I haven’t opened the printed out copy yet.  Or the Pages document.  Honestly?  I’m getting nervous to look at it.  In my head, it’s still a glorious little draft.  The only draft that I haven’t wanted to bury my head in the sand when someone reads it.  A part of me doesn’t want to find the mistakes.  Editing does crazy things to me.  

Part of my novel-neglect (and my blog!) has been because of school.  I’m only taking 12 credits this semester, but it’s been my busiest yet!  I’ve had two papers accepted into a research conference, and getting those prepared has taken more of my time than I anticipated.  But I can’t blame my editing-neglect on time constraints.  It’s mostly because I’m just a lazy editor for my own work.  I’m a great editor for everyone else though!  Funny how that works, isn’t it?  😉

How about y’all?  Is there anything you dread in the writing process.  Editing, drafting, and rewriting have always been a struggle for me.  I’m too harsh on my own work.  Do I really need to agonize over the word “and” for an hour?  Exactly.  ;p

Good Days

Today has been an overall awesome day. Glenn and I went to the “fancy” mall in this area; it has the more unique stores and it’s the heart of Norfolk. That small area of the city is pretty, but the rest isn’t. And we tried out this sushi place that he’d been to before. The sushi was really good! Volcano rolls make me so happy. ;_; We also had a Domo roll (eel, shrimp, crab, and avocado), and a spicy yellowtail roll. OM NOM NOM. Bought some salsa and chips from Harry and David’s. I love that store so much. There’s so many delicious things there! It was hard to control myself. XD

The best part of today aside from spending it with Glenn? Hearing my mom say this:

“This is publishable. This is the best draft you’ve written, hands down.”

Now THAT’S how you have a great day! I’ve been getting good feedback from my readers; overall good but there’s about a million typos. -.-” Apparently, I’m the queen of typos and missing words. Oops.

Even still, hearing that made me feel great. My mom is an avid mystery-book reader and she couldn’t figure everything out/was surprised. That’s about the best compliment a writer can get, I think.

So, how goes everyone’s writing? Love to hear about it! ❤

Draft 1: Complete!

Draft 1 is DONE! I finished it yesterday and I feel awesome. Does it have some problems? Absolutely. Am I okay with? YES. This is the first draft that I feel good about; I know there’s going to be some reworking here and there, but overall I’m very satisfied with how it turned out. It clocked in at 95,607 words. I liked the ending, but it might need a little more fluffing out. I think taking some time to back away from it would be good. Now I’m printing a copy for my mom and sending off copies to everyone that’s volunteered to be a reader for me. This is always the most nerve-wrecking/worst/scariest/holy-shit-someone’s-actually-reading-this time for me. I haven’t yet mastered how to not panic when someone is reading my work. I’m more or less okay when I’m not physically there, but it’s still in my head. I love getting the feedback though!

Now I have to figure out a title for the darn thing. XD

With the draft complete, I feel a bit lost. I’ve been writingwritingwritingwriting nearly everyday since Nano started. Yesterday I decided that I was going to finish it even if it killed me. XD I wrote a total of 7,534 words yesterday–that has to be some kind of record for me. Once I got past the final transitional scene, it just poured out. I love that; when the writing just keeps coming.

I’ve got Janet Evanovich’s newest book, Explosive Eighteen, to read. I’ve had it since it came out in November and I’ve been DYING to read it–it’s my treat for finishing that sucker! So today I’m going to hibernate with the book. It won’t take more than an afternoon to read. And tomorrow there is a puzzle that’s calling my name. My parents bought a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle for me. I love doing them and 1500 is the biggest I’ve done in a while. There’s something really cathartic about doing puzzles for me. I can waste a day doing them and I don’t even realize it. I love those kinds of days.

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