Publishing, ahhhhh!

Reviewing my first draft, I have realised that there is very little I want to change. Originally I thought I’d be partially rewriting entire chapters, when all I ended up was highlighting words I need to change and a few spots where I need to change what I’ve written.

Which means publishing is getting closer and closer, and I am terrified.

I don’t know how I’m going to do this, I’m gonna need to get a cover comissioned, a platform on which to sell my book, a blurb, and a million other things I forgot to list.

It’s going to be hard and I’m so tempted to go off and write a different book and just put it off. If only my work could publish itself.

Ah well, I have quite the hurdle ahead.

 

~~ Ari

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Burnout, or How I really messed up this whole writing thing

Burnout.

We’ve all been there, when we’ve just had enough to the point where even the mention of the task sends us running in the other direction.

That’s where I’ve been, running.

When I finished my first draft, I wanted to just get the editing out of the way and get closer to finishing my book. Yet, so much as opening the document was a chore, and I kept putting it off and off and off..

There came a point where I no longer opened it, nor checked my emails, nor checked this blog. I just wanted nothing to do with my book. And to be honest, it terrified me. The thought of putting all this work into a book and then just giving up on it. It’s not me, I’m too stubborn to give up. This all felt far too familiar, taking me back to my highschool days where I would stare at my math homework for hours and not take a single number in. That’s when I realised I had burnt out.

And so, I decided to just go with the flow and leave my work alone, hoping my love for writing would rekindle. Sure enough, here I am! Ready to send my characters on more ridiculous adventures as my writing journey continues.

Now comes the time for reflection, and I have to ask: Why did I burn out?

It hit me in that place where many realisations come: the shower. What did I do the moment I started writing? I researched how professional authors write, and started doing what they did.

“But Ari,” you might say, “isn’t that a good idea?”

It’s a brilliant idea, as long as you take others methods as advice and not law as I did. Silly me assumed that because it worked for others, it would work for me too.

I know I hate deadlines, it’s why I hate setting goals, or dreams with a time limit as I like to call them. So why on Earth did I think giving myself a year to write my first draft would be a good idea? And then I forced myself to write everyday, regulary update my blog and Instagram, keep my book on my mind 24/7.

In my mind, writing changed from a hobby to a job. I forgot why I was writing a book in the first place, because I want to tell a story, because it’s fun.

This time around, no more daily word limits, no more set times to finish certain tasks, and no more forcing myself to write. From now on, I write when I feel like it.

Only took me far too long to figure this all out. I blame the caffine and lack of sleep, it messes with my mind 😛

 

~~ Ari

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Time to edit, and I don’t want to…

I wrote my first draft, I put it aside, I’ve let it rest. Now comes the time to pick it back up again and read it through with a red pen and a critical eye. Only problem … I don’t want to.

I’m not sure what exactly is making me nervous about picking up my work. Maybe i’m afraid to reread what I’ve written now that I’m no longer basking in the glow of finishing my first draft, or maybe I’m worried i’ll get bored of it since I know what happens and subsequently think the story is boring. Or maybe I’m about to step out of my comfort zone.

Writing is something I can do. Spilling out 1000 words for an essay was never a huge challenge, and creating stories has always been my idea of a good pastime. But when it came to editing, I’d always just hand in whatever I had and hope the mistakes didn’t pull it down too badly.

I now realise I can’t take the easy way out, and am going to have to sit down and reread my book. The longer I put it off, the less likely I am to ever edit it. I think, because I started writing something else, I’m justifying to myself that it’s okay if I just keep writing for a little while longer.

I’ve decided that I will start to edit on March 1st, with a date in mind there is no way I can keep avoiding this task.

I’m just not sure how I should go about doing this. Should I read it through like a normal book first, then edit after? Should I print it out and go over it with a red pen? Should I go straight to critically editing? Any advice will be warmly welcomed.

As for now, I’ve got more writing to do.

~~ Ari

Done!

Only took 9 months, but the first draft of my first book is complete. Phew. Now I can put it aside for a little while and start on something else. I’ve already began writing my next book, which I’m so excited to write because the main character is heaps of fun to write.

Then i’ll begin the painful process of re-reading my own writing, which will be as fun as sticking needles in my eyes. Probably a similar experience I reckon.

~~ Ari

Finishing a book is hard!

I know exactly what I need to write, I know how the final scene has to play out and what each character will do and say. Yet, I’m writing at a snails pace.

Had a bit of a setback last week where I realised what I had written didn’t quite work. There was a scene involving a building being blown up, which wasn’t an issue until I was informed that the explosives weren’t positioned in such a way that the building would come down.

One tiny mistake ended up forcing me to cut and rewrite a large chunk of that chapter because now it didn’t make sense for the characters to end up where they did. Although I’m still not happy with what I wrote, it’ll do for now. I’ll attack it again in draft 2.

I’m so close to finishing, if I could get out more than a couple hundred words a day, I’d easily finish by the end of the week.

Ugh.

~~ Ari

 

Me in April 2017: I’m going to finish my first draft in 6 months!

Me in September 2017: I’m going to finish my first draft by the end of the year!

Me in December 2017: I’m going to finish my first draft by April next year!

Me right now: Shouldn’t I be writing?

Originally my goal was to get the first draft completed by the end of the year, put it aside for a month while I start my next book, and then get back to it later for the first lot of editing.

That didn’t really work out. As of now I have less than two chapters to go, not the way I wanted to start off the year, but better than what could have been. Fingers crossed that by this time next week, I’ll be able to say I’ve written draft 1 of my first book.

 

And before I go,

Happy New Year!

 

~~ Ari

 

The Home Stretch

After months and months of creating, planning, and writing, I’m finally only a few chapters away from completing my first draft. Once I have the entire story written down, I can get to fixing up scenes.

But I need to actually finish first.

When I first began writing, I was told that the first 30,000 words would be the hardest. But for me, I think the last few chapters are giving me more trouble than the first few ever did.

I know exactly what’s going to happen, I can imagine the remaining events in my head, and writing it all down is proving to be exhausting. It may be because I’ve played it over and over again in my head, or that I’m not the best when it comes to action scenes.

On a positive note, it’s so exciting seeing everything come together! All these ideas inside my head have been woven into a story.

 

~~Ari

🙂