Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Progress Report

Today seems to be Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday. Who knew? I sure didn't until a few of the blogs I follow posted updates.

So, in the vein of WIP . . . I'm through Chapter Twenty-three of editing the next project I want to query sometime before time stands still and the Elves return to Middle Earth. Yes, I have one project currently out to query. In the meantime, I've completed three other rough drafts and have begun the editing process of the one I want to query next. Woo-hoo.

My editing process goes in phases: edit, set aside, read again, edit, set aside, read again, edit . . . and so on, and so on, and so on until I finally decide I'm ready to start the query process. FYI - this can take quite a few years, because my muses (that dreaded Inspiration) likes to strike when I least expect. When that happens, I stop editing, follow the creativity to wherever it might lead me, and know that some sort of editing is always waiting for me. It's kind of a nice feeling.

Oh, did I mention that in my current edit mode I discovered I had two Chapter Twenty-twos?? Oh, yes I did. Now the answer is fairly simple: when I was almost through with the first draft, I decided to switch things up a bit, went back, added a chapter here and there, and then slowly went through (so I mistakenly thought) and updated all the chapter numbers. Well, I was so very wrong on that count. Now, as I continue the edit process, I will update my chapter numbers once again. Sigh.

I try to edit at least one chapter per night, and multiple chapters each weekend day. Some nights I do more than one chapter. I do have a life (well, I call it a life, but some might beg to differ) after all, I need a break from my writing every now and then. Also, the boyz are quite insistent on their bonding time lately. I've finally gotten Jesse to master 'shake' . . . well, on his terms, not mine. James, on the other paw, is great at 'shake' and is learning 'high-five'. The next trick is wave 'bye-bye'. I think I'm stopping at 'shake' with Jesse. He's too darn cute for his own good, and he's also too darn stubborn. : ) So, I write, I edit, I bond with the cats and the dogs, I spend time with my partner, and I try to read every now and then. I try for balance, and just hope for the best.


p.s. Jesse (blue collar) is to the left and James (red collar) is to the right. James has a tendency to smack Jesse down when they're standing side by side. I think it's jealous, because Jesse is so dang cute.


KLo said...

Your dogs are precious : ) May they give you much motivation ... : ) : ) :)

ElanaJ said...

cool WiP post! I don't number my chapters until I'm completely done writing. I just say, "chapter" and leave it. Sometimes through several of your cycles of editing, setting aside, etc. Good luck on all your editing.

Litgirl01 said...

Precious puppies!!! I love doggies! :-)

Scott said...

The boyz are precious . . . until they get me up at 3 AM. Seriously, don't know what I'd do without them. : )

ElanaJ - normally, I don't go back and add chapters, so numbering them hasn't been a problem . . . until this time. I guess there really is a first time for everything. Maybe next project, I won't number the chapters and see what happens.

Robyn said...

Great post on your WIP. I'm in revisions and I am suffering from that dreaded--first page...first chapter blues! I think that I have turned the corner, maybe! Sweet babies! :)Oh, your word verification is thiness. I'm on a diet so...I'm thinking, thinness when I read it.