Pin-It Saturday: Is It Done Yet?

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Hello Nerds, it’s that time again. What Pin has caught my eye this week?

This ONE.

And here is why it caught my attention. I have written three novels and working on the 4th. The problem is, that is all I have done is written them. I have edited the first one several times and still not really happy with it. They all need a lot of work.

When I first started writing I thought that the first draft would be the story. I thought I would write the novel and edit it just to fix grammatical issues, spelling, plot holes. I thought that was it. But now that I look back I see there is so much more.

My first draft is my outline. I have written out how I want the story to go, but nothing is written in stone at this stage. I just don’t have a process. I write and then walk away, thinking that it will magically fix itself if I leave it alone for lone enough.

Obviously, I don’t actually think that…only somewhat. I am one of those types that likes to ignore things until they go away. It worked when I was a kid. Not anymore though. Ugh, adulting is so hard.

Anyways, I have three novels, three outlines, waiting to be picked up and refined and perfected. I would love to try this writing process, maybe it won’t feel as daunting having a process to follow. It will also give me a reason to really read through all three novels again. I have a feeling that I left the last two unfinished because I didn’t know how to end them. Oops.

What is your writing process?


2 thoughts on “Pin-It Saturday: Is It Done Yet?

  1. JournalofaLonelyPlagueLover says:

    I know how you feel. Your process is very similar to mine. After my first draft, I thought I had everything under control, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. My path, like yours by the sounds of it, has taken a while, yet I love the organic nature of it. That it has taken time to grow, and that it will continue to do so, tells me that once it’s finished, there will be natural story just waiting to be read. I guess the trick is to keep the motivation going and to not get too down when a wall comes up and knocks you out of your stride.

    • Heather M. says:

      Now that I know I have so much work to do, I am a little excited because I get to spend that much more time with the characters that I love. lol And I agree with you about motivation. We are our biggest critics so most of the walls that block our path are our own fears and doubts.

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