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Finished!


Apologies for the late post. I've been busy writing, trying to finish Misjudged. I gave myself a deadline, and I stuck to it. This means I had to skip over a few scenes in order to get to the end, but I wrote summaries of what needs to happen in them so when I come back to the book again, they will be easy to flesh out. The first draft clocked in at 75k. Since I am missing some scenes, it will actually be a longer first draft, but I already know of a few scenes/characters/subplots that need to be cut or combined, which should bring me back down to a reasonable length.

Tomorrow I start back up on the hefty revisions for my super secret WIP. I'm so excited to get back to it. I finally know how to fix the problems! My love interest is getting a personality & hobby makeover, his mystery will be more foreground because it didn't really work when he hid everything from my protagonist. My protagonist's parents are switching roles (Mom is taking Dad's purpose and vice versa, it works better this way) and their subplot is changing. It'll be a lot of work, but it'll be worth it.

Do you guys take writing breaks? I can't even imagine doing that!


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elmarshall
Jan. 13th, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
Congrats on finishing a draft. Very exciting.

And I always take writing breaks. I have to or my brain will fry. Granted sometimes "thinking about writing" sneaks in unwanted during those breaks. But with much persuasion and ignoring it, it usually goes away.
shanasilver
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Wow, I'm impressed you can turn it off. I can't. I'm always thinking about stories, even while I was writing the draft of the other, I was still figuring out the revision for this one so I wouldn't have any days off!
elmarshall
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Okay, maybe I should have said, I "try," but usually I fail. I definitely take many breaks from the actual writing though, because I want breaks so bad. I write more out of necessity than love (but oh how I wish it was love...how I long for love of writing every day) and am definitely more the love to have "written-" types. But ultimately my brain never stops and always wants to go back to a problem in the novel, even after it's been six months. It's definitely true that the book is never finished.
brian_ohio
Jan. 13th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats on finishing.

And, no, I don't take breaks. At least not yet. I feel if I do, then I'm not giving my passion all that I have.
shanasilver
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Yes, I totally agree. I feel like I'm wasting time if I take a day off. I also feel like I'm wasting time if I'm not constantly thinking about my stories and what comes next.
inkstaind_stars
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. :)

I take occasional writing breaks. Sometimes I need to refill the well, so to speak, and doing other creative things (crafting, going to museums and movies, etc.) keeps me from feeling burned out.
shanasilver
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Since my day job is creative (computer animator), I feel like I get that out of the way. I do find when I'm out of work for a while, my writing suffers a bit because of it. So I totally agree on needing to outlet the creativity in other ways besides writing.
megancrewe
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hurray for finishing drafts and getting to super secret WIPs! :D

I only take writing breaks if I have to. Like, if I've just finished a draft of one book, and I don't have any other projects I can work on, and no new ideas have attacked me ready to be written yet. But I tend to go a little stir-crazy during those times. I prefer to always be writing.
shanasilver
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
I definitely understand the stir-craziness when I'm not writing. Usually when that happens, I spend hours on baby name sites just to feel like I'm doing something productive, and maybe one of those names will spark a new character.
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