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#WIPWednesday Writing update: Rough draft complete!

It took 3 fewer weeks than I planned and about 13K fewer words but it doesn’t matter because I reached the end of my WIP! The rough draft, that is. πŸ˜‰

Remember, this is really rough. There are so many placeholders. There’s an entire sequence that will most likely consist of multiple scenes that is currently only represented by a single sentence. And it’s not the only one. This happens when I am well past this section of the manuscript and think, “Oh! I should add that!” And instead of stopping my forward momentum and going back to write those scenes, I only make the note then move on. I NEVER backtrack more than a paragraph when I’m writing a rough draft because I’ll only ever work on what’s already written and never finish the draft. And I only go back a paragraph if it’s been a few days since I last worked on a WIP, just to catch myself up with where I was.

Anyway, that doesn’t matter anymore because this draft is done! WOO!

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So, what’s next?

I know I had this whole plan for finishing the series before I went back to revise the first book… Wellllllll…. By now, don’t you know I make plans and never stick to them? LOL

Here’s the thing. For the first time, I have a solid “outline” for the next book. The characters are WAY more solid than before. The world building is flipping concrete! And, I think with the new developments in book 2 it would be a good idea to clean up book 1 to make it consistent with book 2, then revise book 2 so it flows from book 1, then write book 3, rinse and repeat.

Again, I’m making a plan I probably won’t stick to but at least I have a plan and am writing!

Onward!

8 thoughts on “#WIPWednesday Writing update: Rough draft complete!

    1. I celebrated by torturing myself with titling it lol I think I got it but need to sit on it awhile first. How far along are you? (Sounds like I’m asking you about a baby. I suppose books are like babies. lol)

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      1. πŸ˜‚ yeah.im not even sure. I wrote the beginning and there’s an end. It’s a jumble. The middle got a bit flat and theres scenes missing. I have the painful task of reading it to see what’s missing and sorting it out. I have ideas for it. Names might change. I need to be more organised. Even my organisation and notes are a mess. It’s a learning curve. I’m happy that at the moment I’m feeling good about it.

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      2. I’ve come to embrace the mess. I have notes EVERYWHERE. In notebooks, Evernote, post-it notes stuck to random things. Feeling good about it is what matters though. That’s what is keeping me going too! It’s good to know I have someone in the boat with me πŸ˜€

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      3. Honestly, I just ignore it πŸ˜‚ Until I need something. Then I panic and read every note I’ve ever written trying to find what I need. And usually end up realizing the thing I need I never wrote down in the first place πŸ˜–

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