Welcome of the fifth day of the #AtoZChallenge! Come on in, have a seat, and join in on the fun! Today’s letter is “E”, and after bouncing around a few things, I’ve settled on one word that has been on my mind a lot lately:
Yeah, I’m talking about that good ole writing-related editing. I’ve always hated doing it, I’ll be honest. In school, my first draft was usually my final draft, with quick check for spelling and typos. I was blessed with the ability to write without extensive planning or rewriting, and it worked well for me.
Writing a novel is a whole different story.
Last year, I wrote the majority of my first novel during NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Due to breaking my arm and having surgery in a foreign country, my month was actually about two weeks of furious writing. As NaNo ended, I found out I was being moved back to the USA, and the task of editing and rewriting my novel fell to the wayside.
And now, four months later, I’ve only made it 15 pages through my manuscript, seven of those done last night.
Yesterday, this wise woman named Lisa-Jo wrote about the difficult task of writing more than a blog post or short story. And she shared some wonderful advice…
You see, most writers don’t run off to a remote location for months to write. Most writers have other jobs, kids, a family, or some adorable dogs that require a lot of attention. So how do WE manage to write?
Five minutes at a time. A stolen hour while the family watches television. A short session squeezed in before bedtime, or between dinner and washing the dishes.
So I opened up my novel and spent 40 minutes editing last night. And it felt great! Slowly, but sure I’m getting there. And I know many of you have been right there with me, encouraging me along…thank you!