My Writing Week #9

My Writing Week (5)
Happy Friday everyone,

It is a while since I last did one of these posts, but in the meantime I have managed to make some decent progress with my writing, both in terms of blogging and elsewhere.

I have lost a little bit of my routine. Normally I set aside time for me to focus on my writing, but the past few weeks have been quite busy and eventful, so I have had to just find any time I can to catch up, even if it causes the occasional late night!

The biggest breakthrough I have had was that I have finally finished my WIP, and have recently started on the editing. It is a weird feeling when you get to the end of writing a book, when you have worked on it extensively for a long period of time. Now I embracing the prospect of reading it all back, and making the necessary changes.

As my WIP is a non-fiction biography, there is less to edit than there would be in a novel. My main task is to make sure everything I have written is relevant, contains enough detail, depth and context, and that all the facts are correct. There is also the small matter of structure and ensuring it is written to a reasonable standard.

The thought of publishing feels daunting, but it is always in my mind, and I shall try and take the rights steps to achieve that in the weeks ahead, as the editing continues. But it feels exciting!

Elsewhere, I have a new magazine article to write, and thankfully a nice long deadline to get it completed by. I have just made a start, and feel fairly confident about this one. Short-term deadlines fill me with anxiety, so for that to be taken away is a huge bonus.

And of course I am trying, sometimes unsuccessfully, to fit this all around my blog posts and a full-time job, so who knows how long I can keep it going?!

Finally, I just want to say how much I admire everyone who is taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which includes many fellow bloggers. It is a massive and very brave commitment which I certainly would find it impossible to try, so all the best for the final week of writing! šŸ™‚

Have a great weekend,

Stephen

10 thoughts on “My Writing Week #9

  1. What’s a WIP? I did NaNoWriMo once, years ago, and probably did it wrongly because I finished it too fast, had something silly on my hands as a result and didn’t understand what the point of it all was. I didn’t try again since then because I realised that I can write some garbage very quickly and I can’t write something decent within a month. I’m also afraid that some potentially good books are getting irreversibly broken by the hustle. But I don’t know it all, of course. If it is that popular, it is useful for somebody, obviously.

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    1. WIP is Work in Progress. Sorry for the acronym šŸ™‚ I would find it so hard to write a cohesive novel in a month. I don’t think I would be able to refine something like that in such a short time, so I definitely see what you mean!
      Have you tried writing anything since?

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      1. The acronym is ok. I’m still learning all of them. Only recently saw something new which I couldn’t understand. I think it was MG. Anyway, well… I did try writing since then but nothing serious. I haven’t tried for a long time already. And being a reviewer and such an active reader right now, I’m not sure I ever will. I don’t want to create a bad book, there are too many of them already, and I will never create something as amazing as Melmoth, for example. My attitude is probably a good illustration to how bad black-or-white thinking really is. šŸ™‚

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      2. It took me ages to learn a lot of the acronyms, and there are still several that I don’t understand, like MIA for example. I think MG might be Middle Grade…
        And I quite like your attitude. I think with writing and being an active reader/reviewer it is hard to balance all of them, but always worth keeping in the back of your mind.

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      3. MIA is missing in action! šŸ™‚ I’ve learned it recently too. It’s when you haven’t been on your blog or Twitter (or somewhere else) for some time. šŸ˜€ Wait, there’s one more tricky one I recently learned…ICYMI! It means: In case you missed it. I’m trying to live without this acronyms because I dream of having many readers one day who wouldn’t be from the blogo-world.

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