Monday, July 03, 2006

done...sort of

I'm sort of done...but not really. I did finish the story, but now I have all these notebook pages of SFD (shitty first draft) to type into the computer and try to craft into something decent.

It's finally starting to dawn on me, though, that SFDs are okay, and so far I haven't had too much anxiety during the revision process. For example, check out this quote from a recent Laurie R. King blog entry:

...when a beginning writer looks at a book like THE ART OF DETECTION they often say, “I couldn’t write a book like that.” And I have to agree, I couldn’t either.

But I could rewrite a book like that.

Rewriting is where the serious work occurs. There's nothing wrong with rewriting--on the contrary, it's an essential part of the process. When this section of my book is finally complete, no one will know the sorry state it was in when it was first conceived. It's okay that it reads like crap right now. I can make it better. (I know I've said all this before, but I'm hoping this time my feeble brain will finally accept it as truth!)

In related news, I made the possible mistake of setting another goal. This time to get the polish/edit of my notebook scribblings finished by the end of July. I think it's possible, but lord knows I haven't always done the best job of estimating realistic time frames. I'll give it my best shot, though.

Oh and after over three years, I finally have a title for my novel. It's not set in stone, but for now it feels right.

I'm still inching along, but I'm getting there!


Precie said...

Hurray! I'm on the Compuserve B&W Forum and happened to click on your blog link. Congratulations on your FSD!!!! I think several of us newbies are longing for the day when we've done ours. Sure, there's lots of work ahead. But you've already crossed one MASSIVE hurdle!

KatieFeldmom said...

You must feel so proud to have that first step out of the way!

Donna said...

That's great. That is so exciting.

wyo said...

Wow, Renée, that's fabulous! Congratulations, and happy rewriting! SO excited for you! (((HUGS)))

Renée said...

Precie- Thanks so much! I look forward to hearing more about what you're writing. How's it going?

Katie- Thanks! I guess I should feel proud, but I'm mostly focused on all there is still to do.

Donna- Thank you. :o)

Wyo-Thanks! I owe you an e-mail. I'll fire it off ASAP. Hope all is well.