Well, this week was unproductive. It’s not so much that I haven’t been writing, but rather what I have been writing. Which is a particular fanfiction piece I started over ten years ago — around 2006 I think, but not 100% sure. There’s nothing wrong with fanfiction in general, and at some point, I may put a link to my work if people are interested, but for the moment, I am not sure about it. But this particular fanfiction piece… I can’t post it because it’s basically a fanfiction of another fanfiction, and starts in the middle of the other author’s chapter 20. Yeah. So, there is absolutely no future for this story.
But I am loving it. And I’ve done some revision, and I have some scenes that absolutely blow me away, so I am kind of stuck on it at the moment. It’s also incredibly self-indulgent.
So, there you go: writer writing exclusively for the pure pleasure of it. And: we need those sometimes.
Optional Monthly Question
June 2 question – For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
This is a good question, so I am happy to answer it. I don’t have a specific amount of time. It takes me over 5 years to revise a novel so far (I started my current revision, the only one that I haven’t given up on, in July 2015 and I’m still not done with in). In the meantime, I have written five additional first draft novels, which, obviously, I have not started revising yet. I also had about 10 first draft novels before that one. So, basically, I start revising when I’m done with the previous revision.
As far as ideals go, I think I would like to have at least a month. But, for now, it’s going to continue being years… Until I get faster at revision.
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