Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Work in Progress Wednesday #10

Is it really my tenth edition of Work in Progress Wednesday? Well, setting aside the small chance that I might have miscounted somewhere along the line, I'm just gonna go ahead and say, "Yes. Yes, it is."

And appropriately enough for this momentous occasion I've also reached a long-awaited milestone in my own WIP. Finally, after weeks of talking about it, I have finished my level 1 rewrites!

I finished on Tuesday afternoon after several marathon sessions over the past five days. There was a point on Friday, when I thought I would never get through the whole thing. This is when I discovered a chapter that had to be rewritten almost completely due to it's unbelievable suckage.

It started with me just breezing past a potentially important moment between two characters. Instead of letting my characters live that moment on the page, I kind of did a, "So, we're on the way here, after we said this and this, but that's over and now we're onto the next thing."

Basically, I was a little too interested in moving the plot forward, and didn't give my characters a chance to say what they needed to say. So, I stuck them in the room together and let them talk things out. I think it went well.

That was the first half of the chapter.

The second half was even worse.

In that half I totally contradicted revelations that would be revealed at the end of the novel. This actually wasn't my fault, as I didn't know about these revelations until I was writing the end of the stupid thing, but it still sucked to realize, "Oh, yeah, that doesn't make sense anymore. Crap."

Anyway, it took me some stewage time to think over those problems, and then some more time to do the actual fixing of them.

Luckily, none of the following chapters needed quite as extensive "gut it all" redo's and I was able at long long long long last, to reach the end.

It felt good.

Like Hiro on Heroes screaming, "YA TA!" kind of good (Although that show, and more specifically that character are completely unwatchable now. My husband still watches it, and sometimes I'll wander in and catch just enough to be like, "Looks like it still sucks." And he is basically like, "Yeah.").

It didn't just feel good because I finished though, but also because shockingly, I kind of liked my little story. Lately, I've been doing quite a bit of, "How do I suck? Let me count the ways?" type thinking, and so it was nice to have that (no doubt short-lived) moment where I thought, "Hey, this is kind of good."

I am going to cling to this moment with everything I've got because next on my list is sending my WIP out to Beta readers. Gulp.

So, how is everyone else's works in progress moving along? Hit any major milestones this week?

And if you want to participate in WIP Wednesday, simply post your own WIP Wednesday entry on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below. Or if you don't have a blog, feel free to report your progress directly into the comments box.

For more detailed information concerning what all this nonsense is about please consult the original Work in Progress Wednesday posting.

Feel free to also make use of the lovely little WIP Wednesday logo as well!

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like your WIP is moving along nicely. My WIP just hit the 30,000 mark this week so I'm feeling a little green. A big part of me is nagging to complete the edit on another novel and send it out into the free world.

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  2. My progress is slow but steady. Sort of. But also majorly stinky too. **sigh**

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  3. My progress is slow and stinky...can I join the club? ;) I hope to have my chapter finished before the weekend.

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  4. Ooh! That is so awesome!! Way to go!

    So you've got me curious. I just put up my progress report (lol! I sort of feel like I'm back in school.) and I threw out a question. I'm interested to hear your thoughts!

    http://wordplayswordplay.blogspot.com/

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  5. Congrats on finishing the edits. Sending out to the readers has to be pretty daunting, but they'll dig it, I'm sure.

    My Wednesday progress is up over at mattbetts.com

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  6. Can't wait to see what you've done with the story! Hurry up and post more!

    I'm waiting for May 1 to start my own revisions. Although I'm not sure I'll be able to wait that long. I'm getting antsy!

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  7. Kate, thank you for keeping us posted! I love knowing where you're at. May I offer a piece of advice and say that when you get your beta readers and your work is out there, don't edit at all on your manuscript until all feedback comes in.

    I've learned my lesson the hard way on this one. Maybe this is what you were planning anyway. Sorry if it was. Hope all goes well! And congrats on your progress!

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  8. T. Anne - The 30K mark is great! I know that feeling though when you feel like you should be working on something else.

    Jennifer - Slow, but steady works. And I seriously doubt it is stinky.

    Chelle - LOL, another stinky. I bet it is better than you think. Good luck on reaching your weekend goal too!

    Janyece - Oh, thanks for joining in on the WIP Weds fun. Loved your post!

    Matt - Thanks for the congrats!

    Stephanie - I will be posting more this week, and I also need to read the rest of your before you start rewrites - so wait until May!

    LG - That is great advice. I hadn't really thought about it, but now that you mention it, waiting for a collective opinion is a really good idea! Thx!

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  9. Yay for finishing rewrites!

    And I sort of like editing as feedback comes in. Since most people don't start at the same time, the beta reads come back at random times. And trying to go through four edits overwhelms me, so I like to go over the edits and suggestions as they come in.

    Things I didn't notice myself but agree 100% with get changed. Things I don't necessarily agree with get put in a "beta readers" file, where I make notes of what they thought was confusing, etc. and compare them as later reads come in.

    That way, I don't have to go through half a dozen edits on a 400 page book during round 3. Just typing that makes me sick, but it's what I've done. In little baby steps.

    Good luck Kate!

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  10. Slow and Stinky...
    I like that.
    Sounds a tad like me.
    I never did make it through C24.

    Onward!

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  11. Hi Kate!

    Congratulations on your rewrites! I know you must feel great about that!

    I started WIP Wednesday today on my blog. My MG work-in-progress (which I posted a snippit of yesterday) stands at around 18,000 words, but I'd like to aim for the 35-40,000 range. Hopefully, by the end of this summer (I don't write too fast).

    Here's the link to my post: http://crystalroget.blogspot.com/2009/04/work-in-progress-wednesday.html.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    Thanks!

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  12. I totally know what you mean about wanting to move forward so badly that you skip over important stuff! I do that all the time. I'm so antsy and excited that I finally know where I'm headed I almost miss how I got there. But it sounds like you tackled the problem head on and successfully! Give yourself a pat on the back!!!

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  13. Congrats on finishing your edits!

    Here's my update: http://ulbrichalmazan.blogspot.com/2009/04/contest-follow-me.html

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  14. Nice work this week. I like Elana's comments regarding Betas...that seems a great approach to me!

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  15. Elana - Oooh, I like the idea of the beta reader file for ideas that you kind of need to chew over before deciding if they'll work for you.

    Bethanne - No way are you slow. You are faster than anyone else in our group by far - I am sure. Also, not buying the stinky either.

    Crystal - I'm a slow writer too - so the end of the summer sounds like a great goal!

    Mandy - Yeah, that antsy and excited feeling can be dangerous, but it is also what makes writing so much darn fun sometimes.

    Sandra - Thanks!

    Christine - Yeah, Elana and LG seem to have opposite approaches, I might just have to wait until the betas come in and then see how I feel.

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  16. Congratulations on finishing your edits. I agree with you on Heroes, they lost me too.

    I've posted my WIP Wednesday. Basically redoing the whole story and any advice you seasoned writers want to shoot my way will be appreciated.

    My post is here

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  17. Good job on the WIP. My WIP went plural this week. As in I had two WIP's. But I finished one and I am so, so, so, so grateful to be moving onto editing manuscript number 2. Hopefully I will have more interested WIP news next week!

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  18. Robin - You're redoing a whole story? OMG that's a huge undertaking - good luck!

    Cindy - WOH! Two works in progress - that is awesome! It makes me think I should start working on something else while my betas have my current WIP, but I don't know if I'm quite ready for that yet.

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  19. Congrats on finishing your level 1 rewrites!
    And way to have the patience to go back and fix a "and then this happened and this will happen" moment.
    I posted my progress the other day, but it wasn't much.

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  20. I'm early... and you said you'd be absent this week, didn't you? Hope to see you. Can't wait to hear how things are going.
    ~Bethanne

    PS I'm blushing...but really, I don't get any other awards! I mean, so what my wip gets worked on at a more frequent sporadic rate? I fail miserably at other things...no volunteering at the kids' school. no soccor mom duties. no carpooling. no playdates. Really, i don't know what I have to write about... LMAO. still, thank you for the compliment. I anxiously await anything anyone wants to submit in the group. ;-) critting is my form of procrastination...no, brain-clearing.

    I'll check in later to see if you've posted.

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