Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Progress report, sir

Well, here it is. Midweek, first week of April. I'm setting a personal goal to be in the query pool by the end of the month. I'm just waiting on the critique from one of my readers to see if I need to change anything else. Then it's write the query and synopsis. I don't know how long those things are going to take.

I both hate and love revisions. It's fascinating to see the book take a different turn than I originally anticipated. To be richer, deeper, more meaningful. And it's great to feel that falling in love again feeling when everything is coming together and the light is glowing at the end of the tunnel. And then, when that love is just blooming all over, I'll have to start all over. It's just hard work. And dreary work to cut out or add to or rephrase or any of the dozens of other things that seem to happen.

At least I'm losing that newbie writing thing where I think my first draft is the epitome of amazing and every one should agree with me. It's because I've done revisions and the revisions kick butt. A revised draft is way better than a first draft.

How's every one else doing?

6 comments:

T. Anne said...

I'll join you! I'm planning on tightening up a new round of queries and proposals. Hopefully I'll be right there with you. hope the waters warm!

Kristi said...

I'm jealous! I'm in the first draft stage of my current WIP and continue revising every time I pick it up. I'm SO excited about it that I want to query right now, but I know I have plenty of hard work and revisions coming before all that....

The query stage is both maddening and exciting. I can't wait to hear about your progress! Set those goals and get to work! :-)

Krista V. said...

Still chugging through the revision waters. I've made a little progress, so I'm not feeling quite as low as I was last week, but I've still got a long way to go. The tunnel in front of me is still solidly black:)

Talli Roland said...

Good luck wth your goals and keep us posted on the querying! I'm busily revising, revising, revising...

Kristin Rae said...

OOO Good luck! That's exciting!

I thought I'd be in the query pool by now, but I think I've got at least one more round of revisions. I'm liking my WIPs better, so I'm not going to push this one too too hard. 10 agents, and we'll see what they say.

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Good luck with the query and synopsis! Those can be a pain. (Not that I've written the latter before. But I did write a query letter for my last project after I finished the rough draft. It showed me that my book really wasn't that great and I ultimately shelved that project. But it wasn't the query letter's fault, it was the manuscript's.)