You know what they say about the best laid plans…
When I started NANO on April 1st, I had plans to rewrite my WIP. Then I got into it and realized “Hey all that stress that made you think that this entire draft had to be scrapped isn’t actually that bad”, and I switched my goal from 50,000 words of a rewrite to 50 hours of revisions.
Then that 50 hours turned more into brainstorming and planning for the revisions that need to be made with where the story needs to go. And so, in the end, I “won” NANO but am no closer to a final draft than I was before. I’m not mad about it, but I am determined to knock these hopefully final self-revisions out in May and June.
I have my draft printed out, single-sided but 2 pages to each sheet, and I’ve got my index cards with the necessary revisions and a plan of attack all made up for myself.
For anyone else looking to make a revision plan I definitely recommend Susan Dennard’s Revision Process. I always read it before and during revisions because I love how in depth she gets and I find that for the most part her revision process works for me.
And as a reminder on how goals and where you think the story is going are always flexible and changing, check out my previous posts on CAMP NANO and my current WIP.
To be honest, this WIP has been a real learning process for me over the last two years, and that’s a good thing. It’s the first project I’ve tried to take all the way, with revisions and really attempting to learn the craft that goes with writing. And I am constantly reminding myself that rushing to the querying stage just because I want to be published will do nothing but harm my career and my story in the long-run.
So even though this April’s camp didn’t turnout the way I expected or planned for, doesn’t mean it was a waste or that I’m going to stew over how it was just another added step to the process this MS has gone through. When it comes to writing the best possible story you can, and getting the MS to the stage you want it to be, always take your time, always give every piece of the process the attention and effort it requires.