Sunday, February 7, 2010
I Think I Can!
I'm good with the first couple of edit rounds too. I enjoy pulling out the sword and slashing away at "just", "that" & unnecessary adverbs.
When I realize the ms would be much better if I... You can fill in your own blank. With my previous ms, I realized (with a little help from my crit buddies) my story would work much better if only it started in a different place. This involved a loooong rewrite of the entire first half of the novel as it totally changed the timeline.
I needed my perseverance kick-start. It would have been so easy to toss it in. To give up. I was tempted. My little engine pushed me to rewrite, to finish, and the story is stronger. It's sitting on the virtual shelf now, waiting for me. I'm looking forward to when I can give it another read through - I know the flow needs some work. But I needed some distance to be able to "see" it again. Once I'm done with my Steampunk, I'll pull it out again.
So where does your perseverance engine kick in?