Last week I condensed my novel manuscript into one document and found that it is 63k, at 222 pages! I’m editing through a few chapters to get the plot up to speed with a few necessary updates, and then I’ll work on finishing it up. Though I love my novel, editing it is going to be horrible. Those 200+ pages will be nearer to 300 when I’m done, and it is going to take many, many drafts for it to be publishable. Page by page, paragraph by paragraph, sentence by sentence. You get the idea.
If you’re interested, here’s my take on the editing process: The 4 Draft Breakdown
What is your process like? How do you tackle editing?
I’ve finally finished my series on freelancing for StoryForge! Every writer deals with critique, but how she deals with it is what sets her apart.
Dealing With Critique: How Freelancing Will Improve Your Writing Career – Part 4
A work in progress quickly becomes feral….As the work grows, it gets harder to control; it is a lion growing in strength. You must visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it. If you skip a day, you are, quite rightly, afraid to open the door to its room. You enter its room with bravura, holding a chair at the thing and shouting, ‘Simba!’
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
…reminds me that I actually like my writing! I just need to finish it off, chop it up, and throw it in the wok. All of the ingredients are there; all of the spices are right. But the prose is raw, which means that many drafts are in my future.
Any projects coming along? How have you harnessed encouragement or learned from disappointments?
Written by Sarah Yoon — Once you’ve got a few article ideas matched up to magazines, it’s time to write some query letters and hopefully get a few clips for the resume.
The third installation of my freelancing article series on StoryForge! If you’re starting to dabble in freelancing, check out parts One, Two, and Three.
Query it Up: How Freelancing Will Improve Your Writing Career – Part 3
You’re stuck, feeling dull, and browsing endless Pintrest boards for something to revitalize your muse. You want to be productive, but the longer you scroll down that page, the more numb your mind becomes. It’s ironic how you scratch that psychological itch to be productive by filling your brain with a blur of busywork.
To kickstart creativity, all you need is the loud chopping of a helicopter. The wind whips your hair around as you squint into a painfully bright searchlight. Over a loudspeaker, someone commands, STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER! You obey quickly—who knows if they’ve got snipers trained on you. As you set it aside, the commanding voice continues:
- LOOK AT THE SKY. It’s dark above, but soon you realize that a few pricks of light have found their way through the clouds. The moon is rising. The residue of a lunar rainbow rings about it. Was all this here before? You never noticed until you backed out of your virtual world and rediscovered the real one. But that isn’t enough. The voice prods you again.
- LOOK DOWN. You run to the edge of the building (because obviously you were browsing Pintrest on a skyscraper roof like any normal human being) and below, in the buzzing lights of neon signs and street lamps, hundreds of people mill about. They stop at shops, with small children tugging on their coats. They shove their hands into their pockets and trudge with determination. Where, you ask? And why? Now you’re getting somewhere.
You’re expecting the next command, but it doesn’t come. As you turn back to the chopper, it rises, dips forward, and dives out of sight. You’re tempted to run after the mysterious apparition, but instead you notice that your computer is gone. A large yellow legal pad sits in its place. In all caps, italicized, two words read: BE CURIOUS.
As you stare across the cityscape you wonder yet again, where did that helicopter come from?
In this video, StoryForge introduces many of the new projects that are coming out this year! Please watch, and keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for updates!
As you can probably tell, the people working on StoryForge are passionate about their craft and excited to help you actualize your dreams. And yes, I am in this video. I haven’t done much filming before, so it’s always an interesting experience. And fun, because the StoryForge peoples are always fun.
Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.
Bonnie Friedman (via writetothestars)