08 February 2015

Draft done, what's next?

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Hooray, I did it! I finished the next draft of my pseudonym's novel (codename WIP1) on deadline! It seemed kind of touch-and-go there for a few days - I got behind schedule and then needed a day and a half to recover from my time with the Weimaraner puppy - but I pulled it off. Go, me.

So what's next? The book is with a group of beta readers for a couple of weeks. When I get their feedback, I'll give myself a week to read and think about it before I spend a week re-reading the book and making revision notes to myself. Then three weeks to make revisions, then another round of developmental feedback with line editing, then copy editing and self-publishing.

During those three weeks of revising WIP1 I plan to spend the entirety of my writing time on that project, but until then I'll continue to work on the short sf stories and resume my research on self-publish print-on-demand options.

The other major thing on my mind, as a result of New Year's reflections and some conversations with another coach/editor, is some visioning work around my coaching and editing business. More on that below in this week's...

ROW80 Update
"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life." 

[Note: This update only includes the past week's tasks and the coming week's tasks. If you'd like to know how they relate to my goals for this round, you can read my 2015 Round 1 Goals post.] 

Creative projects Past week's task: Finish the draft of WIP1 by Wednesday and send to beta readers. Done! =*D
Coming week's tasks: Stay away from WIP1; write 1st drafts of sf shorts "Remembered" and "Conformity II;" continue print-on-demand research by comparing packages and pricing between Xlibris & Outskirts and inquiring about book pricing & royalties (both say you keep 100% of the royalties but it doesn't say what you need to price a book at in order to get returns).

Past week's tasks:
Publish next guest post in the writing success series, by comedy horror author Scott Burtness. Posted! Scott's guest post identifies five milestones for his success, which I thought was a great idea. I also found it interesting that he fell into writing for fun without having ever seriously considered it as a career.

Coming week's tasks: Post on Wednesday and Friday.

Reading for fun
Past week's tasks: None. Read 2 books for fun in the same genre as WIP1 that weren't on my list.

Coming week's tasks: Get The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson from the library.

Community participation
Past week's tasks:
Comment on 2 ROWers' posts. Done.

Coming week's tasks: comment on 2-3 ROWer posts; participate in #writeclub on Twitter on Friday.

Social media
Past week's tasks:
Spend at least 30 mins on Twitter on Thursday and Friday; at least 2 posts to the FB page. Sort of. I definitely spent a little time on Twitter at least one day, and I posted to FB once.

Coming week's tasks: 30 mins on Twitter, 3 times; 2 FB posts on the LLC page; promote #AskAnEditor, a live chat I'm holding on Twitter next Sunday, Feb. 15 at 9am Pacific time.

Past week's tasks: Draft at least 1 coaching-focused post.
I have ideas but did not draft. One of the books I read this week betrayed me, so I've taken notes for a blog post on how we as writers can avoid that in our novels. I think that'll probably be Wednesday's blog post, while it's still fresh in my mind.
Coming week's tasks: I have a whole list of questions related to my editing and coaching work that I want to spend time thinking about over the next couple of weeks. The answers will inform the language I use on this site as well as my fee structures and my professional development plan for the rest of the year. My tasks are to spend at least 30 mins a day freewriting in response to those questions and to write Wednesday's post about book betrayal.

What are the stages of your writing process? What's the next step after you finish a draft of something?

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  1. Book betrayal? You have my interested piqued. Can't wait to read. :-)

    Huzzah on completing WIP1 draft!

    After I complete a draft, I then print it out and read it before beginning any revisions. Unless there is a grievous error (spelling or such) that I can't wait to fix.

    1. Thanks, Cindy! The post on book betrayal is up now. =*)

  2. I think after I finally finish my first draft, I'll put it away for a while. Then I'll go back to it after I've done some other writing. I need a break from it and to think things out in my mind. I don't have any specific deadline. I'm glad you got your first draft done. I was actually surprised that this is when you'd send it off to Beta readers. I figured that would be after the rewrite process and it was closer to being ready for publishing. I guess there's no steadfast rule but I know I wouldn't want anyone reading my first draft. Lol! Then again, you're much more experienced than I am. Congrats on all of your accomplishments! :)

    1. Good points, Isobel. The draft I sent to beta readers isn't really the *first* draft so much as what I consider to be the first *readable* draft. And because I'm counting on getting some developmental feedback from beta readers, I don't like to send them something I think of as already polished and ready to go because if they find things wrong with it, it makes it that much harder to want to change things. If, on the other hand, I know there's still work to be done, much easier to make major changes in response to feedback. It's a fine line to walk, though. I want my beta draft to communicate my intentions for the book and be as close to done as possible without it actually feeling done to me.

      And I too like to set it aside for a while before I work on revision. I take a break from it while it's with the beta readers. =*)

  3. I like to hear the way you all treat drafts..since i am planning on having a draft for the first time..

  4. I like to set my drafts aside to cool before I come back to them. Not for too long but enough to let my brain disengage from drafting.

    Congrats on finishing yours!

    1. How long is long enough to disengage your brain from drafting? I'm giving myself a 3-week break from looking at this book, but I never know for sure how long it'll take me to get some distance. Fingers crossed that 3 weeks is enough in this case!