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The musings of Megan Paasch, and other stuff.

The State of the W.I.P.

Obviously, I’ve been neglecting this blog. I apologize for that, but I’ve been ridiculously busy the past month. When I haven’t been running around taking care of family things, I’ve been so focused on my W.I.P., that any spare writing time has been used solely for that. I even gave up the short story that I was working on for a contest, partly due to time, and partly due to the fact that I was not at all happy with it. (Note to self: practice writing short stories).

So here’s the thing: my goal is to finish the first draft of my novel before Halloween, because from then until mid-January, things get crazy around here. I’m not sure how it happened, but a large portion of my family, nuclear and extended, have their birthdays clustered within that three month period (OK, I do know how it happened, but we won’t go there). Add that to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, and I am a frantic, stressed out mess. So! I figure, if I can get the entire draft finished before all of THAT happens, I can step away from it during the entire holiday season, and come back with fresh eyes for revising and editing.

If you’re following me on Twitter, you may have seen me tweeting about doing some revising right now, which may be confusing. See, after I decided, around the middle of my draft, to step back and do some outlining and better character development, (I talk about it here and here); I threw out the entire beginning and wrote a new one from scratch. I also changed from first person perspective to close third, so that I can more easily switch to other characters when the story demands it.

But much of the middle is being kept the same – except for the perspective, of course, and some changes here and there to reflect the new beginning. That’s where the revising is coming in. They’re very rough revisions, however, and will need another pass (or two, or three) when I go back and revise the rest of the book.

I’m getting kind of excited, because I’m almost up to the point where I left off. Then I’ll be back in first draft territory when I write the last half of the book from scratch. That’s going to be the most difficult part, so it’s possible I’ll neglect the blog again when I get there.

I’m not sure any of this is very exciting to anyone but myself, but I thought I ought to update, since I’ve progressed a lot since my last post. I promise, the next post, whatever and whenever it may be, will be about something else. And hopefully more interesting. Hopefully.

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9 thoughts on “The State of the W.I.P.

  1. So what can we do to help make sure you stay on target before Halloween? If it’s encouragement than ENCOURAGE ENCOURAGE ENCOURAGE!

  2. Woohoo!!! I’m excited to hear your WIP is coming along again 😀 I don’t think I’ve heard what genre it is/what it’s about. Did I miss a blog post about that or is it under wraps?

    • I haven’t said much about it yet. It’s a modern fantasy, with a little bit of romance, dealing with the Fae and nature spirit possession. I don’t want to say much more, mostly because the plot is still fluctuating even though I’m halfway through. That, and I always make a mess of it when I try to explain more. Eventually I will sit down and try to work out a coherent synopsis that I can tell people. 😉

  3. The best thing about writing without an outline is that the author becomes a reader too. I really don’t want to know whether the baby will wear pink or blue until the wee one is born.

    • And if that’s what works for you, that’s the way you should go about it. The writing process should, first and foremost, be fun.

      I started out writing mine that way, but it doesn’t surprise me that I floundered, because I’ve always been a planner with everything else that I do. So for me, it was nervewracking not knowing where the story was going. But if you’re a spontaneous person, and prefer to go with the flow, then outlining is definitely not for you.

    • That being said, I do like to leave room for the unexpected. Having a plan makes me feel better, but I’m not opposed to stepping off the path if something interesting comes up. So my outlines are generally loose.

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