|Way Out - Maria A Smith|
As many of you already know, I started this challenge a week ago, the idea is simple, write 15K in May. I'm doing it because I want to move my WIP along. My novel, 'Broken Child' was written in November 2011, it was a messy first draft. I've since worked on it at a snails pace. The second draft has proved elusive. Out of control, I am struggling to reign it in and fix the plot holes.
I imagine I have the same problems many writers have had before me, but I can't seem to get a grip of them, so the only way, is to write something everyday, and read, and rejig what I've already written. I know some writers revel in the editing process, it appears I'm not one of them. Strange because I really thought I would enjoy it.
My progress so far has been up and down, and I could list the reasons, instead I'll just say, working long hours, tiredness, and perhaps some procrastination.
Here are my daily word counts.
Wednesday - 297
Thursday - ZERO
Friday - 521
Saturday - 150
Sunday - 714
Monday - 202
Tuesday - ZERO
Making a grand total of 1884 words. which is not as productive as I need to be, if I'm going to succeed. Reconnecting with my WIP is more difficult than I ever imagined, I've realised there is a lot of reading involved. An enormous amount of of rearranging sentences, and scenes. And even more thinking about plot. I cannot panic, I must stay on the path, grit my teeth and plough on, whatever happens.
If anyone has any tips, or advice on how they edit, please share, it would very much be appreciated.