The title of the post pretty much speaks for itself 🙂
On April 28, 2016 at 9:50 am (just as my morning class was about to start) I finished the first rounds of revision for SCC:Wilters!
Now, this doesn’t mean the manuscript is set to head on out to the agent/editor just yet. It just means the book is ready for line edits, which is different from revisions.
Here’s a quick rundown of my writing process (not that different from others):
- Brief outlining, which often includes a lot of crying and several notebooks being filled with unnecessary information that readers will never know about, but I totally need to know.
- Write shit and ignore the fact there are plot holes everywhere!
- Cry and delete everything I’ve written.
- Start from scratch.
- Repeat steps 3 & 4 at least four times.
- Find something you really like and finish the manuscript.
- Pretend to let it sit for a little while before revisions, but really you jump into revisions right away.
- CUT THAT SHIT OUT
- MOVE THAT SHIT OVER THERE
- KILL IT ALL
- THAT CHARACTER HAS TO GO
- THIS CHAPTER MAKES NO SENSE
- THAT CHARACTER HAS BLUE EYES NOT GREEN
- Solve (not fix, because fixing is not solving) any plot holes
- Make sure things are consistent
- Add details, remove details, move details
- Correct any grammar or punctuation mistakes that make your inner grammar-nazi cry
- Repeat step 7
- Line edits to make sentences sound better, fix misspellings, grammar, punctuation and make it seem like you actually care about this project
- Final read through
- CRY A LOT
- Send it!
This is why you try not to ask your writer friends how they’re writing is going, because most likely, they’re stuck at Step 5 in an infinite Sisyphean cycle. Step 5 and Step 12.
It’s terrible for people who have no patience for anything. Which is partially me because I already got proof copies printed even before I did my line edits. I have the proof copies for my beta-readers to read through to see if it makes sense, what areas need to be redone or make no sense, and to give me a general idea of what is working and what isn’t. That way, when I do start line edits, I have those in mind. Then I can go back another time for revision session 2, and then finish this up.
May 18 is the magical date guys. May 18. I will likely be really dead by then, so please start sending in your RSVPs for my funeral.
Anyway, here’s the cover I’ve decided on for this version. As mentioned, I like to make mock-up covers for any version of my manuscript.
NOTE: Copies with this cover will NOT be sold. The covers are for nonprofit purposes, simply to put a face to the project. This will not likely be the cover for the final project either (unless my agent decides yeah, why not, and then pay the stock artist for the rights to use it).