Goals

Posted by on Jul 24, 2011 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Well I did it, I completed my weekend goal for editing. I wanted to get 50% through my first round edits on Shift, and I succeeded. I was a little disappointed however.

When I finished writing the first draft, I knew when I went back for these edits, there was going to be some additions. Or at least I wanted there to be. Some things I’d included made minimal appearances in the first half of the book, and I wanted to incorporate them more, but I’m just not sure that’s going to be possible.

The outline I made for this book was fairly thorough, there wasn’t a whole lot of wiggle room for other things. Going through now, I realize when I’m done this draft, and I read it, one of two things will happen:

1) I’ll be completely satisfied with the story. This doesn’t happen often for me, but it’s possible, I’m really enjoying how things are unfolding.

2) I’ll realized the things I wanted to incorporate more of, will need to be added. Since the outline was so tight, and there isn’t much room for this, there may be major revisions that are necessary.

I’ve had in mind that I want this sequel out by December, however, I find I’m reminding myself more and more, that I can’t rush this. 6 months is a really fast turnaround time to put out a sequel, and I’m not sure I’m at that caliber yet. If it turns out that after this draft is done, I do the read through, and I’m with option 1: completely satisfied, then this is a definite possibility. If it turns out to be option 2 – major revisions, that may be difficult.

Not impossible, but difficult.

I – like many authors – take great pride in delivering a good product. Exiled is doing amazing right now with reviews. 12, 5-star ratings/review, and 1, 4.5 star review. This is, of course, what I hoped for, but in no way did I imagine things would actually happen like this. I’m not the sort to push something out and call it good. I’m kind of OCD when it comes to things like this. I know its not achievable, but I want perfection. I’ll grind it out until I get as close as I can, or I implode.

As for today, I’m taking it off. Other than this blog post, my plans exist solely around family time, and relaxing. After spending 13 hours in front of a open Microsoft Word Document yesterday, I don’t think my brain could handle any more today.

Hope everyone’s having an awesome weekend!

    4 Comments

  1. Congrats on meeting your goal! Editing is no easy task, and as you know, the person doing the edits is always the toughest critic. I'm glad to hear you're taking a break. I haven't opened my W.I.P. since Wednesday and I'm starting to feel guilty. Sometimes, we just need a break. I'm hoping to be refreshed and ready to dive back in come morning.

  2. Thanks, and I hear you. I took 5 weeks off from Shift after I wrote it to let the story settle. It's hard to stay away from your WIP. I mean, REALLY hard. But don't feel guilty! You're going to do more, and better work, having taken a break. That I can almost be sure of.

  3. Congratulations on meeting that goal, Matt!! Very excited for Shift after finishing Exiled yesterday.

    Someone once told me that putting too much pressure on ourselves is easy to do, but not good for us or our writing. This friend is very wise and gives advice that I can always count on. Glad to hear your chillin today. You deserve it!

  4. Great job! I'm right there with you… OCD is a problem. But you can do it! Looking forward to seeing you make it!

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