Back in the Comfort Zone

I think it’s safe to say that all writers find comfort in writing. The difference between a hobbyist writer and a published author is, possibly, the editing process. Writing I can do. Editing is a whole other ball game entirely. 

I have hardly touched the editing for NaNo #1 in some weeks. I recently went back to it after a break and discovered I’d completely forgotten where I’d gotten up to and how I’d altered some of the minor details. Hence, some re-reading to reorient myself and I found myself in a slump, unwilling to start it again.

Thing is, I am not yet comfortable with editing. I don’t mind doing it in short stories – they seem manageable somehow because it’s easier to get an overview. However, with 90,000+ words in a novel the bigger picture is much more difficult to construct. I am still on the first big overpass of the manuscript, have begun more than once, and have realised there is a hefty bit of rewriting to be done.

dreamy-writer-kitten

I want to be this dreamy kitty…
(for more writerly kittens, click on the pic)

However, until today, I have been trying to revise the current text to fit in with the changes I have made. I now realise this is just plain lazy. I have also accepted that I much prefer writing to editing, and therefore the best thing might just be to actually rewrite particular chapters.

In all honesty, I didn’t want to rewrite my first novel. Granted, it is my first attempt and whilst the writing is particularly terrible the concept that I was hoping for is there. The story I wanted to write did, thankfully, manifest itself onto the page.

[Aside: This is why I adore NaNoWriMo – because it allows me to spend 30 days playing around with a potential novel idea and see where it might lead. My NaNo #2 novel, whilst fun, is not something I will probably polish up and ever get published because I think the concept isn’t strong enough and, besides, it’s been explored before (and much better).]

it’s the law of sod that I realise the best tactic for editing my first novel might be to rewrite it just as we approach November and my aim is to write NaNo #3 (the sequel to my first novel). For a whole minute I did consider abandoning NaNo #3 and starting from scratch with my first manuscript. But, no, I need to know what happens in the sequel so I can pre-set some of the details in NaNo #1 to allow for some foreshadowing. 

So the plan stays the same. In the meantime, I can continue rewriting my chapters for NaNo #1 and, if I get chance, might even carry it on throughout November to keep up the momentum. I’ve learned a lot in the past couple of years and I honestly believe that my attempt at a novel this year will be much improved on my first ever draft. For a start, I know a lot more about plot and motivation and ‘bad’ writing. I’m just lucky that, in my first ever novel, I created some characters that I still want to spend time with and discover more of. I can’t believe that after two years, I’m still as fascinated by Madeline as I was in 2011….

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To read the synopsis for my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel click here. I’ll be updating my daily word count on this page too, so you can track my progress throughout November!

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2 responses to “Back in the Comfort Zone

  1. Pingback: 2013: In Review | Cat Lumb: The Struggle to be a Writer

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