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 on: January 07, 2015, 05:24:22 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by Beth Consugar
Basil has an excellent point!

 on: January 07, 2015, 05:08:03 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by Basil
I have always found that one is better off not wasting the time you have.  It is always much better, and more enjoyable, to waste the time of others.


 on: January 07, 2015, 02:00:28 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by Beth Consugar
Cat, that sounds workable. I think I'll try that.

Me too!

That means I have to have somethun' written down...

 on: January 07, 2015, 11:47:56 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
Cat, that might work for me too... as long as my new characters personalities don't merge with the ones I'm revising.

 on: January 07, 2015, 02:05:15 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by Cat
Let me know how it works for you, Kate, if you try it.  Grin

 on: January 06, 2015, 11:15:45 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by ColoradoKate
Cat, that sounds workable. I think I'll try that.

 on: January 06, 2015, 11:02:02 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by Cat
When I'm drafting, I have no problem keeping up word counts and moving forward, but when I'm revising I'm often at a standstill. How do you use the time that you have without spending hours trying to get one chapter just right?

I tend to work on two things at once, because I get tired of revising really quick.

So, I'll open up the ms that needs revision.

Then I open up a story I'm actively working on.

When I get stumped with writing, I switch to my revision ms and work on revision.

When I get ill with revision, I switch to my WIP ms and write until my brain stalls.

And etc., etc., Smiley

 on: January 06, 2015, 08:15:53 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
I revise in a similar fashion, although I do edit during the first stage. (Sometimes stuff bugs me too much to move forward.) Do you find that when you read your manuscript so many times, it's hard to see the whole picture? I get to the point that I can't seem to tell if any part works... THEN I'm just staring at the same words forever.

 on: January 05, 2015, 02:38:21 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by KatieC
I have a process that works for me, but I think everyone has to use the process that works for them--so if that means spending hours on each chapter if it needs it, then that's what it takes.

But my process is something along these lines:

* Write first draft (almost zero editing during this stage)
* Read through to fix major plot holes.
* Read through again to fix smaller plot holes (this usually includes stuff like combining two characters into one, or changing the MC's motive to fit the ending of the story, etc.)
* Read through and revise chapter-by-chapter (this stage takes a long while, because it is during this stage that I might go through the same chapter a dozen times in a row, until it's as good as I can make it)
* Read through to smooth out and add voice
* Read through to fix any mistakes
* Read through to make sure I actually like the darn thing

In my current WIP I have completely rewritten the first chapter at least three times. And by rewritten I mean started at completely different points in the story each time, giving my MC a different attitude each time (I couldn't seem to make her nice enough, and I hope I've fixed that now! LOL).

But when it comes to editing, the biggest problem I have is BIC (butt in chair)!

 on: January 05, 2015, 01:28:36 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
Oh well, at least it's normal. I just hope it's working.  Grin

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