Update #2 on Romance Drama

Finishing the critique stage with Anam, I’m on my own to polish my draft before sending it off to beta-readers. Is there such a thing as editor’s block? When I create my stories, I get lost in the moment and can write for hours upon hours (I’m talking still working through it even if my hands cramp). But with revisions, editing I find myself staring blankly at the computer screen. Or sighing heavily at the paper in front of me.

I don’t know what it is, but I have to snap out of it. After talking to a couple of authors, I realize that I need to combine a few chapters. I’m in the 30 plus range and want to bring that down to mid-20’s (for my chapter total). And, I really want to fine tune every single scene to make sure it is perfect. To make sure, I’ve described in enough detail, setting the mood so the readers experience what my characters are feeling. Plus, I want to make sure I R.U.E. (resist the urge to explain).

I’ve already decided that this weekend I will work on this rough draft–no excuses. I will get it done then I’ll look over Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. So within two weeks, I will finish. I’m a procrastinator, but I work best under pressure hee hee. In college, I had a ten page paper due for my Native American Literature class. We were to choose three short stories from a collection and describe, explain them in detail. We had known about the assignment for at least a month, yet I didn’t work on it until the night before it was due in the morning. Let’s just say, I pulled an all-nighter. But guess what. I got an ‘A’ on my paper.

I thought I had the name decided, but MR gave me an option that I enjoy too. If anyone is interested in helping me pick a name for my novel, please vote for the title you like best. I’ll really appreciate it. For those of you that have no idea what my story is about, I’ve written a couple of posts under Personal Writing Experience category.

Thanks again for your input.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

7 thoughts on “Update #2 on Romance Drama

  1. Editing can be a drag. It sure doesn’t carry that rush of “where the heck will I pull the next bit from” that a first draft does.

    On the other hand, seeing something worthwhile emerge from that first draft — THAT can be very fulfilling!

    Hang in there! And thanks for stopping by my blog, check in every so often.


  2. Hey Tom,
    Once I printed out the pages, it helped tremendously! I like that I can edit anywhere instead of being stuck in front of a computer.

    Thanks for stopping by; I’ll definitely keep checking out your blog.

    Keep smiling,

  3. Considerably, this post is really the sweetest on this notable topic. I harmonise with your conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your incoming updates. Saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the phenomenal clarity in your writing

    • Thanks Kellie! Ever since I printed out the pages, my revisions have been moving along quite nicely. I don’t know why the computer screen messes with me; I guess deep down I’ll always be an old-school writer.

      How is your publishing journey coming along?

      Keep smiling,

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