Back in January I started my quest to write the book that had floated around in my head since college. About ten weeks later I held in my hands a very rough draft. At that point I was pretty proud of myself. The rest of the process of completing the book with all the editing and revising would be a difficult but wonderful time of seeing the story take shape and come alive. Or so I thought. Judging by how long it took to create the rough draft I guessed that I would need about 6-8 weeks. After the first two weeks of attempting to edit the time estimate grew to 8 -12 weeks.
Now we are sitting at a solid 5 months later.
It is impossible to tell a new writer with stars in their eyes and potential in their fingers just how hard it is to take a shaky rough draft into a solid first draft. They won’t believe it, they believe that they are the enthused exception to the rule. They believe that they will never get hung up on scenes that don’t work or awkward dialogue. They don’t believe until they get there and find that the writing process is no longer blue skies and lollipops. It is tough and at times it really sucks, but it is not impossible.
I’m blaming three of those five months of delay on summer vacation. Having both kids home with nothing to do is very distracting. Monkey #1 returns to school today and it’s a great time to get back to regular goals and start making progress again on the manuscript.
For the last two weeks I’ve spent my manuscript writing time combing through the outline, correcting and adjusting it so the story line is finally how I want it. There will be no more major changes after this point. Hallelujah!
For the next time being, I’m returning to cranking out 1000 words a day and seeing if I can blast out a draft that reflects the newly renovated story. In a way it feels like I’m starting over, but now I have the right tools to make this the book I want to write.
I am optimistic about starting to make real progress again and this time in the end I’ll have something to show for it!
For those interested at how far this blog has come, check out my first post “A Beginning of Sorts.”