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Friday, 2 May 2014

Halfway There - I feel a Bon Jovi song coming on...

It feels like a massive accomplishment already - yes premature, but still - I have reached the half way mark of 40,000 words - Yay! :) 


This would be my smug smile if I were a cat!

It has taken just over two months, therefore the first draft should be completed by July by my reckoning. But then what?

The dreaded editing...



 I have mixed feelings about this part. I do seem to go over and edit each chapter as I go (can't stop myself) and so I wonder how I will find trying to edit again (and possibly again and again!). I really like this advice particularly the Tips for avoiding rejection as you edit your novel. 

Anyway, I guess I am getting ahead of myself, I should just be concentrating on completing the second half and worry about editing then. 

I am enjoying myself immensely - why oh why didn't I do this sooner?!

How are you getting on with your WIP? Finished? Not started? I'd love to hear from you about your progress.

Happy writing :)

6 comments:

  1. That's great progress, Samantha!
    I've found that reading out loud, all the way through, while taking notes is great for editing/rewriting. Then I take the notes, make changes, let it simmer a day or two and then do it again.
    Each time I read out loud I find dialog and phrasing that needs tweaking.
    Let me know if this helps.
    Gary

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    1. Thank you, and thanks so much for popping by Gary! I always feel stupid reading aloud for some reason, but yes, I can see it would make sense, particularly with dialogue. Any hints and tips gratefully received - I will of course let you know if it helps (when I have thrown everyone out of the house so they don't hear me) :)

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  2. Well done, you! Half way through must be a great feeling. I haven't written any more of mine so you've given me the spur I need to get back to it! I have been busy trying to get the WW story I started in the workshop finished. I've sent that off a few days ago so no excuse now! Thanks for the link to the editing advice. It looks very useful.

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    1. Thank you Jan, yes, it does feel pretty good. Well done for sending your story off to WW, I really hope you have a success - I have just received another rejection from them :(
      Let me know how you do this week with progress on your novel! :)

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  3. You're doing really well, Sam... Better than me - I never did start!

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    1. Thank you Wendy. You are clearly being far too successful with your short stories to get around to a novel yet! :)

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