Now that I’ve written two books and am in the editing process of both of them, I just want to write! Don’t get me wrong, I love editing and always have. There are days where I just want to wake up, fix a cup of tea and spend time creating all the ideas I have in my mind! I’ve spent so much time with the characters in the first two books that I’m wanting to make new friends. I know that some writers are talented enough to do both, edit and write, but when I tried last week to start another book, that darn blinking cursor stared back at me. (I guess you could say that my inner goddess was not happy with what I had written), so I deleted all two and a half pages. Looking back on it, I can say it was the right thing and that what I wrote was in fact not good!
But, there’s some good news — November is just around the corner. That means once again, I’ll be participating in National Novel Writing Month! Last year was my first year to participate and I loved it! I loved the way that I was so invested in it, not with only my characters, but the story, too. While it was difficult timing wise (Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas and my wedding anniversary), somehow I made it work (thanks to my amazing husband who supported me along the way — I couldn’t have done it without him). As for what I’m going to write this year, I have part of it already outlined and I’m really excited about it. Also, if you’ve not done NaNoWriMo before, I highly recommend it. It’s changed my life in the way I think of writing a book. Apparently, I can write a book in 30 days! 🙂
Editing is the worst. Especially reading the sentences backwards- have you ever read your entire manuscript backwards, sentence, by sentence, looking for stray commas and whatnot? Ugh. Death by semi-colon!
Isabella Louise Anderson says
Thanks for your comment! 🙂
No, I haven’t read backwards, but that sounds like a great idea! Thanks for the tip!
Elke Feuer says
I know what you mean. I’m in the process of outlining a WIP and all I want to do it write it. Thanksfully I’m in the final stages of outlining and will hopefully start by next month. Still have editing to do for the publishing company, but I’m that’s editing that’s not as painful (hopefully). 🙂
All the best with your new project. Hoping to join you in November.
Lauren Clark says
I’m not a huge editing or proofreading fan … my eyes glaze over! Good luck with NaNoWriMo!!!!! xx, Lauren
Isabella Louise Anderson says
Okay, so this post soooo resonates w/me because just this week I spent 3 (12 hrs days) editing my MS! And I feel the same way, I JUST WANNA WRITE — no promos/no interviews/no editing, just write.
On the NaNoWriMo, I’ve heard a lot about it and believe that I should join. Just jotted it down on my To Do list to research.
FYI – the MS I mentioned above happens to be the backstory to Snowed In the short story you reviewed a few weeks past 🙂
Have a good weekend!