Do you have to have a clean, perfect three first chapters before you begin the rest of your manuscript?
Does everything have to be completely plotted or do you go with wherever your characters are telling you to go?
As I’ve fallen back into writing on a daily basis, my writing process has changed. I’m writing scenes as they come to me and now I’m trying to connect everything. I’ve found the problem with this is that I’m deleting a lot of good scenes from my book because they don’t fit now that I’m piecing it all together. Yes, I do have another document open for all the deleted scenes, but it’s still painful. Though, not as painful as it would be to force them into where they don’t belong.
The planner side of me is also not liking all these unedited parts of my manuscript floating around. So now I’m editing and editing, layering and layering. And hopefully will finish soon. My DH can’t seem to understand what is taking me so long with this manuscript compared to the other ones I’ve written. I’m not really sure either. I’m only hoping that I’m making my characters as real as possible.
All right, so I’m off to edit, without kids around at my favourite restaurant
And I have to get it ALL done. Tomorrow night we have friends coming over for dinner so that means cleaning up the house (giant disaster-and I heard the cat throwing up again this morning and haven’t been able to find it yet). So that means tomorrow there is no time for writing. But I am looking forward to catching up with some fun, inspiring friends we haven’t seen in a while.
Now, I’m not talking about dinner, I’m talking about your manuscript.
How long, after you’ve finished, polished, and done a complete read-through are you ready to send it off? Do you let it sit for a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks? I haven’t found the perfect answer yet. Sometimes when it feels like I’ve been staring and re-reading the same thing too many times to be able to objectively critique it, I need to put it away for a while. But that’s not always possible. What if you have a deadline? What if it’s requested material?
As I so stupidly posted my goals with deadlines down below, I’m supposed to have this done by Sunday night! At this rate, I’m not sure it’s going to happen. Just got back from the doctor’s because I finally caved and admitted to myself that I have a sinus infection…and went to get some meds. So, there goes being able to have some wine tonight, which means, again, if someone read my post below, means I can’t write the love scene. And even without wine, throbbing cheekbones does NOT lend itself to writing about any other throbbing body parts in a romantic setting, lol.
Is there a point that you start hating your manuscript? Right now, I’m kind of hating what I’ve written. I’m hoping it’s because I’ve re-read the same darn chapters over and over again. Because I really did like this manuscript, oh, a couple of weeks ago. And I’m sure I’m going to love this manuscript again at some point once I’ve detached myself from it. And then I’m going to hate it again after I press the send button to email it off to my agent and wait.
How do you know it’s ready? Is a manuscript ever really ‘ready’?