I started manuscript #3 on February 5th. So far I’m 15,000 words into it and it’s going really well. All the things I learned from revising my previous works is helping my initial attempt at this project go much smoother.
Bonus: I look forward to writing each day…sometimes I have to make myself stop so I can get other things done. That’s awesome!
As part of my attempt to keep my writing goals this year, I decided to start a writing journal. Every day I write just a little bit, nothing huge, about my daily writing experience (or if I didn’t write, my reasons behind it, etc). I also keep track of how long I worked, and how many words and/or pages I got through (for revisions it’s easier to keep track of pages instead of words). So far I think it’s really helping me to stay dedicated and see how much I’m getting accomplished, so I think this was a good idea for me.
I finished my revisions on manuscript #1. Truth be told, I’m sick of looking at it. Is it perfect? Of course not. But the reality is I could keep picking at it for the rest of my life and it would never be perfect. It’s time for me to move on. Even though I’m scared, it’s time for me to query some people and see if I can’t move on to that next step…getting it published. I’m realistic, I know it’s a long shot, but I’ll never know if it’s any good if I don’t try. The worst thing that can happen is people say no, it’s not the end of the world. But this is where I’m at. That’s my next goal for this particular project.
Manuscript #2: I did some major revisions on it late last year and have let it sit for two months. Last week a friend of mine, who knows I write, contacted me about starting a new side business as an editor. Since she’s just getting started she is looking for people with manuscripts they’d be willing to let her read. In exchange I would write a testimonial for her website when she gets it up and running. We’d both be helping each other out. It sounded like a good deal to me so I dusted off manuscript #2 and I’m almost finished giving a quick read before sending it off to her. Some of it is so rough the wording makes me cringe…but I’m still very fond of the story so I think it just needs a load of work. I figure I need readers for it, and since she’s offering not only to read it, but do a nice editing job on top of it, why not? This will really help me kick start my next series of serious revisions on this project. So I’m in the last chapter, I’ll be sending it off to her tonight or tomorrow.
That leads me to manuscript #3! It’s been bugging me for while now, begging for me to start writing it down. So, it’s time. I’m actually really excited to get back to nitty-gritty, raw writing. I’ll probably be spending the next few months getting the rough draft of this one completed. Manuscript #3 is a sequel/continuation of #2…and I also already have an idea for a third installment of this story. That will probably be it though, for this story. I have ideas rattling around for others things as well, but nothing solid yet, there’s time for me to get serious about those ideas later.