Sunday, March 25, 2012

Novel Updates

I have not updated in like a million years (I swear, I'm totally going to get better at this.), so I figured I better get off my lazy butt and write something!

Where I am in the writing process: I've got a full draft of my novel and have gone through almost a full pass with my first round of edits. I had about 4 more chapters to edit, then realized I needed to go back and fix some things in the first few chapters of my novel. If I didn't, then things my characters did in the end would not make as much sense.
So, I'm back at the beginning of my novel, trying to tweak and re-write.

I have been tempted to do this.

My current problem(s): For about a month now I've been in a mood that I've been calling, "OMG, I'M SO SICK OF LOOKING AT THIS NOVEL." I've hated everything I've tried to edit. Just looking at the folder on my computer made me grumble and go play on the internet instead.
Adding to my frustration is that I'm also trying to set down the mythology/important world rules for my book which will become important later. This has resulted in a bit of planning overload.
Also -- perhaps the root of my problem -- I have realized I'm a perfectionist when it comes to writing.

The good news: I think I'm finally starting to come out of this funk (*knock on wood*). I did some editing/rewriting today and have not completely hated it. It still needs work, but at least I don't want to delete everything and go hide under by bed and cry.

What now? I'm working on fixing my first 4 chapters. If I can keep myself out of my writer's block mood, I'm hoping to be done with that in about a week and a half. Then I'll be able to edit/rewrite my last 4 chapters. Not sure how long that will take.
Then I'll be on to reading through the rest of my novel to see if anything else needs tweaking. I'm praying nothing else will need anything more than some polishing up.

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