Irony that this article is coming out so soon after my quippy post about ADD and writers.
No – I did not finish Camp NaNoWriMo. No – I did not get to the word count on my story that I set for myself as my goal for the end of July. No – I still have not finished filling in holes on that particular story.
Yes – I went to a conference at the end of July. No – that is NOT the whole reason I did not finish Camp NaNo.
I did not finish editing and I did not reach my word count goal mostly because I spent those two weeks deleting more out of the story than I put back in.
And trust me when I tell you that what was deleted, NEEDED TO GO! Remember that I wrote “A Mother For Leah during NaNoWriMo last November. It was a struggle to even get to 50,000 words in that month… but I did. And I had more than a few unnecessary words in that document.
Fast forward to March of this year – I started editing, polishing, refining – and it took a LOT of work to get to where it was by April, when I put it aside to prepare for my first conference.I was confident that it was good enough to give the first three chapters to someone but it was far from done.
Fast forward again to May, when I had to put it aside again in order to pack and then move to Nashville.
June was spent mostly unpacking, settling in and trying to figure out how to find the most basic places near us – places like Starbucks, Lifeway and Barnes & Noble!
Then came July and, though I was late to the party, I joined Camp NaNoWriMo and got serious about my editing again!
And then I deleted… and deleted… and deleted some more. And I have taken out easily twice what I’ve put back in.
Yes – it is a tiny bit disheartening. Yes it is frustrating. Yes I am ready to scream at times.
I AM NOT DONE! I am not quitting! And I am not going to let anything stop me from finishing this book! And then going on to the next!
So, I return once again to editing and I am going to make a conscious effort to stop complaining about how much I delete because – like I said – it NEEDED TO GO!
Good Day and God Bless!
©Rachel L. Miller 2014