Last week, I finished my 3rd draft.
I made so many plot, character and even setting changes in this draft that it actually feels more like a first draft. It’s become a completely different story from the one I started, so I know I’m still leagues away from a final cut.
I’m dying to work on the next round of revisions, but I know that the more distance I get from my work, the more objective I will be, and the easier it will be for me to kill my darlings—if necessary.
So this whole week, I’ve been doing everything to try and forget about my manuscript for a while.
It helps that I have the usual stuff to do for my blog, writing group and martial arts classes. On top of all these things, I’ve added a few new items to my to do list.
I’ve started watching episodes of Pretty Little Liars. Apparently it’s the show teens are watching nowadays. It’s riveting, to say the least and I totally get why teens love it. It deals with so many of their own issues, but with added bonus of an unsolved murder, a dangerous stalker, and ever deepening mysteries.
I’m also reading SELF-EDITING & REVISION by James Scott Bell. I’m picking up so many helpful nuggets of wisdom and I’ve decided I should write these down so I can easily access them again when I start revising.
Despite being busy with all these wonderful distractions, my mind still wanders back to my manuscript. I haven’t given in to the desire to start revising, but I have let myself think about it at least.
To appease my eager mind, I made a list of things I’d need to do during the revision process, and scheduled each task on my calendar.
This has had the adverse effect of making me even more excited to dive in to my revisions, however. I was thinking of waiting at least 2 weeks before I begin revising. Now I don’t know if I can even wait that long.
So, what do you do once you’ve finished a draft? How long do you wait before you start revising your manuscript? Any good revision tips?
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