Friday, April 11, 2014

Checking In

Two chapter edited! It's going faster now.

My new goal is to be done with Act I by this time next week. I have to write an article this weekend, so I won't have any extra time to edit, but next week The Son is off school for April break and has 3 mornings of art camp, and I have practically no tutoring kids.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lesson Learned, Part 1,162

Yesterday I had plenty of opportunity to write, but I managed my time poorly and only worked on the edit for 15 minutes. But it wasn't a total loss, because I learned something about the way I need to be working on this draft: I need to work at the library. This editing demands a high level of focus, and there are too many distractions and other things I should be doing at home. If I've had a good editing session at the library and I'm on a roll, then I can sometimes get more done at home later; but for now, I need to get my 1-2 hours a day at the library or I can't guarantee it's going to get done.

Today my schedule was packed, but I had two free hours between my morning and afternoon tutoring students, so I ate lunch at my table (shhhh... against library rules) and worked on the book for two hours. Made some great progress! I'm planning to do two more hours at the library tomorrow.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Got through another hour of editing today, and am just about done with chapter one. I know: 4+ hours to edit one chapter = no bueno. But like I said, I hope this is because the beginning is so fiddly, with so much to balance and set in motion. If the pace doesn't pick up soon, I reserve the right to panic.

Tomorrow I'll do two hours, and see where that takes me.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Another hour of line editing today. I'd planned to do two hours tomorrow, but now I'm realizing my day is going to be way more busy than I thought-- volunteering in The Son's classroom, some tutoring hours, an appointment with the tax preparer-- so I'm going to stay flexible. If I only get an hour done, that's fine.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


My unplanned hiatus from draft 3.0 was definitely for the best. Today I got to work line editing, and it was so much fun. FUN, I say! Instead of being like, "Crap. This isn't brilliant prose, and I don't know how to fix it uuuuggggghhhh," I was like, "Wheeeeee! Line editing! I don't have to make any shit up; I just need to make the shit that's already here sound better! Easy-peasy!" I actually wound up working on it for 2.5 hours instead of only 1, because I was enjoying it. Slow going, but I'm not panicking over that yet; the beginning is always really fussy to edit.

Tomorrow's plan: another hour at the library.

Friday, April 4, 2014


450 more words of description today.

Tomorrow I'm diving into the actual nitty-gritty of rewriting the draft. Since I don't yet have any clue what rate I'll get through the pages, for this first week I'm setting a time-based goal. I will work on rewriting either one or two hours, depending on the day. For tomorrow, I plan to go to the library for one hour.

I'm excited to be at this stage of the edit! A little terrified, but mostly excited.