Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z = The Final Step of Writing a Novel and the End of the A to Z Challenge


Z is for the end, both of writing a novel and this blogging challenge. It's been an interesting ride this month (and this is the only time I've ever completed the challenge). Camp NaNo ended up derailed so I wrote less than 1/10 of what I had planned to. But at least I'm excited about going back to my novel again so the end should be written soon.

I hope all of you have enjoyed reading the various posts linked throughout the month. And the giveaways have been fun (you've got until midnight to enter for Angel Eyes). I'll probably not be quite as active over the next two months due to all the logistics of moving to another country to start my job, but that's life.

Enjoy the last article and please do click through to M J Wright's website to read the rest of the article.

One of my favourite writing tips is so well known it barely needs repeating. When you’ve written your first draft manuscript, stick it in a (metaphorical) drawer for a month and don’t look at it.

The idea is that you come back with fresh eyes.
The other problem is that it’s too easy to re-awaken the old ideas – to lock back into the old thinking. Sometimes the ‘novelty factor’ lasts about a page and a half. Sometimes those old thoughts can creep up on you without you even really noticing.It sort of works, but like all cliches there are two problems with the idea. One is getting that month, especially if there is a deadline and the work has to be juggled between half a dozen other writing projects, along with all the impecunious demands of everyday life.
But there are ways around it. Try this. Print the manuscript off and look at isolated pages, making sure you don’t start with the first one.


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2 comments:

  1. Congratulations in completing the A to Z Challenge.

    Yvonne
    A to Z AMBASSADOR.

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  2. This is great writing advice but so hard to follow. I get so excited when I've completed a manuscript, I just want to jump right back in and edit.

    Congrats on completing a-z. :)

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