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WIP Wednesday 1

WIP-WednesdayJennifer alerted me to WIP Wednesday, and I figured, why not? :)

All the King’s Women’s still unfinished. I’m working on the revision. It’s taking so much more time than I expected. Probably because I was stooopid and gave myself less than one month to wrap up the revision (don’t do this!).

The 1st draft came out strong, and it has all the plot elements, etc. I need. The thing I need to do now is focusing on smoothing things out, adding key elements such as body language, vocal cues, world-building details, etc. without boring readers. So sometimes it takes me days to go through a chapter and make all the changes on the hard copy, then implement them on my soft copy. When I do the latter, I go over my notes again and make sure they still make sense. (Sometimes I think of something even better than my original notes. :) )

Agent hasn’t seen any of the drafts. I haven’t sent her anything except my old synopsis. I want to make the manuscript as clean as possible before I send it to her, mostly because I feel very embarrassed when people read my early drafts. But another reason is that I don’t want her to feel “burned out” from reading one too many drafts. I get fatigued when I read multiple versions of the same story. I noticed this when I was in a crit group, and this was one of the reasons why I told people I don’t read 1st drafts. I’m assuming that other people feel the same way, and if I’m wrong to assume so, er…do let me know. LOL.

4 comments to “WIP Wednesday 1”

  1. Kate Karyus Quinn
    · March 18th, 2009 at 11:30 pm · Link

    I agree it is tough to have the same person or people read multiple drafts of something – I know that even when reading my own writing by around draft four or five I just don’t want to see the stupid thing anymore, and if that’s how I feel about my own stuff I can only imagine how my readers would feel!

  2. May
    · March 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am · Link

    I had somebody once argue with me that my first draft was actually my second because no first draft could be THAT grammatically clean.

    So next time I’ll just tell you you’re actually reading my second draft…

  3. Nadia Lee
    · March 19th, 2009 at 2:29 pm · Link

    Kate — Exactly! That’s how I usually feel too. (Although I don’t feel that way about my WIP right now… )

    May — LOL. You’re lucky. Mine’s usually very messy, mostly because I’m thinking about five different things when I write my story down for the first time (character traits, story progression, pacing, setting, realistic dialogue, etc.). So the 1st and 2nd revisions must fix those things before I can show it to anyone.

  4. Jennifer Shirk
    · March 27th, 2009 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Ah, welcome to WIP Wednesday!
    Mu-wa-ha-ha-ha! :twisted:

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