I like what J.K. Rowling said about how writing is not the right career for you if you’re easily discouraged, because damn, after failing and stumbling a lot in the past few years, I’m really starting to see what she meant.
Now that I’m writing the Long-Suffering Manuscript from the guts/heart/some more vulnerable place, simply revising the existing draft isn’t going to cut it. I changed the main character’s backstory, which nudged the plot onto a totally new trajectory and in turn made the whole revision process painfully and needlessly complex.
Today, I’m just going to snip the Gordian knot, outline chapter-by-chapter again, and rewrite everything from scratch. Hopefully plotting and writing will be easier this time around since I’ve gone through the process a few times. I thus present you my new writing and revision plan:
Finish Draft 3.0 by August 1, 2016.
3 WRITING Milestones
- Friday, July 1, 2016: Finish Draft 1.0 (92,000-95,000 words).
- Friday, July 15, 2016: Finish Draft 2.0 (cut content down by 15%).
- Monday, August 1, 2016: Finish Draft 3.0 (polished and ready to send to readers!).
I’m disappointed things didn’t work out according to my original plans, but I’m trying not to wallow. Everything is a learning opportunity. Writing a book will get easier with each try-fail cycle. I think if you believe in your story enough, you’ll find a way to finish it and share it with the world, no matter how many tries or how long it takes. You love what you do and you’ll stick with it to the very end. So here’s to embracing disappointment and using it to fuel new writing plans!
Here’s a playlist I listen to when I need to get pumped up to write/stop self-loathing:
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Millie’s Note: How’s your writing or editing going?