Tuesday, June 1, 2021

#IWSG Let the Draft Sit


Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today: Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria, and myself!

June 2 question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?

Fractions of Existence sat in the proverbial drawer for several months. It came out for editing multiple times. I rewrote the opening dozens of times. (Ultimately scraping what I consider to be a paragraph that would tie the whole series together.) Eventually, I self-published because I had an Urban Fantasy that wasn't like the other Urban Fantasy books. (There's no detective, for example.) It's also sort of a Paranormal Romance, though it isn't about shifters and the romance isn't actually the primary focus of the book and certainly not of the series. It fell into the New Adult category because a main character is in college -- but, unlike other New Adult books, it isn't full of smut or focused on lusty scenes. (And no matter what Amazon says, it isn't a fairy tale.) I hired a professional editor, a university English professor, and two friends to help me get the book as perfect as possible.

The sequel, Proof of Existence, I started writing in 2017. I've been rewriting since 2018. I used a different writing method to start the book, and the result was a stall in my process and holes I couldn't figure out how to fix. I think I've finally figured out what's been bugging me so much. So I'm going to try again. 🤞 My summer plan is to work on that.

Lumber Of The Kuweakunks originally only sat for a week. I entered it into a contest, but it didn't exactly fit the type of story they wanted. A few months later, I added a little to it and published soon after. 

Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters went straight to the editing service I used for FoE, but a different person got the project. She found exactly one typo and thus gave me a discount on the service. Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier sat for a week and then had two beta readers before being published. Both of those books were on my previous blog, broken down for the A to Z Challenge. Meaning I had a deadline.  

I guess nonfiction/ reference and short stories I write and edit much faster and with far more confidence. But the big fiction stories that are part of a series, those I let sit longer because I'm trying to be more of a perfectionist. (Not that people actually agree on the English language enough for there to ever be perfection in publication.) 

TL;DR = A week to several years.

Also going on in my world right now:

I can't get pictures to upload to Blogger while using Chrome. I found a very annoying and time consuming work-around, but I'd much prefer a fix. A solution that doesn't include deleting 546 images on this blog, 711 images on the Operation Awesome blog, and 217 images from the A to Z Challenge blog. (I deleted a handful, just to see if that would free up space. No, it changed nothing.) My cache and history are clear. Anyone? Bueller, Bueller?

On Facebook, a friend shared a cute comic that reminded her of a scene in my Fractions of Existence book. 💗 If we're Facebook friends, you can check it out. 🌼 https://www.facebook.com/j.lennidorner/posts/3883435955106104

WEP has the "Great Wave" flash fiction coming up this month, so there's that to look forward to. https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/

Over at Operation Awesome

The June PassOrPages query contest annoucement is posted! Adult Fantasy. It'd be great if you'd like / share to spread the word:

Finally there are GIVEAWAYS!
Wednesday, June 2 (today) is the last day to enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of a new book! https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2021/05/spotlight-on-new-book-debut-author_19.html (USA only.)
And https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2021/06/spotlight-on-new-book-debut-author-anya.html a giveaway for a fantasy book just started. 🏳‍🌈  

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