Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WiP Wednesday 9/23-9/29

By last Friday, I'd finished my on-paper line edits of Woven. I say on-paper because I actually had the book printed and coil-bound. Until this point, everything I had done with the book, every draft (save the rough because I wrote that by hand) was done on the computer. I need a format change after six rounds of edits on the computer. It helps me catch things and is more easily navigable than a word processing file if I need to flip back to the previous page for a moment.

After that it was time to input all those line edits into the computer. As I'm doing this, I'm also following a process for synopsis writing which I outlined a while back, probably about a year or so ago. So when I get done inputting the line edits for a chapter, I add that chapter to my synopsis.

How in the world do you make a synopsis only two pages long? Really? Two chapters took up an entire page. And I have 29 chapters!

As for Curse of Life that one's chugging along. But I was still a ways from finishing as of last Friday. No way was I going to make my deadline of end of day Sunday. Not unless I took Sunday as a writing day instead of a relaxing day.

So, needless to say, I've missed two more self-imposed deadlines. I think, though, I set myself up for failure with the deadlines I set. I think it would take a superhuman or a time traveler to work at the pace I tried to set for myself. So I'm currently in the process of reevaluating my deadlines and pushing timelines back.

How are your WiPs going?


  1. Sounds like you're doing great, deadlines or not. Keep it up. I'm in the planning stage of my new WIP. I think it's going all right, but I only started yesterday.

  2. Maybe having unrealistic deadlines is pushing you to complete more than if you could easily achieve the deadline. I have to give myself a deadline for my WiP because I want to complete the first draft before NanoWriMo begins and I start working on something else.

  3. But you are moving forward! Even if you miss deadlines. I think it's smart to reevaulate what you're setting for yourself. Synopses aren't as much about getting the whole book into two pages as it is about highlighting the important parts.


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