Wednesday, June 2, 2021

IWSG & Marinating Stories

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.


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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 

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?

I NEED some time away from my draft. It has to marinate for a good while (about a month) before I set eyes on it again.

I have a bouncy brain that is often working on (worrying about) multiple stories at a time, so this is pretty easy to do.

At the moment, I have:

  • Bloo Moose #8 - awaiting final polish
  • New series #1 - awaiting a rewrite after a critique on draft 1
  • New series #2 - first draft about 1/2 complete
  • Bloo Moose #9 - making planning notes in Scrivener on plot & characters
Of course, there are also main characters for Bloo Moose #10 and New Series #3 & 4 who are walking around in my head letting me know who they are and what their stories will be about. That doesn't count Future Series characters knocking on my skull.

An author's head is never lonely!!!

So, with my Tigger Brain, I focus on one story's needs at a time. Then while that sits and waits for the next step, I do the next round of work on the next story. That gives me the 3 or 4 weeks I need away from the first story to see it with clearer eyes.

So far, my pattern has been pretty consistent - basically 3 or 4 stories in various stages at a time.

How about you? Do you have a Tigger Brain? Or, does you brain let you focus on one story from start to finish (I can't even imagine how that works!)? Anyone else have a head chock full of characters?

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Jenna learned early that family wasn’t safe. As Bloo Moose’s vet, she’s determined to find her patients loving homes even if she knows the same isn’t possible for her.
 
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As the danger escalates, Jenna and Noah build a wary trust, but they’ll need to learn the true meaning of family if they want the farm—and themselves—to survive.

54 comments:

  1. The MOST I've worked on at one time is 2 books (one in revisions, one in first draft). Any more than that and I'm lost. My brain can only concentrate on so much. I envy those who can spit out multiple books in a year.

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    1. It's so interesting how all of our brains are so different!

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  2. Hi Jemi, looks like you are writing a lot. I've worked on a maximum of 2 books, that too one middle grade and one picture book.

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    1. It's been difficult during this pandemic, but the writing often helps

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  3. Hi
    That's great focusing on one story at a time. I do the same but I have to admit that sometimes a character appears in one of my books who doesn't like to wait and I have to pull the manuscript from the shelf.

    Wishing you a loving month of June.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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    1. That sounds about right here too! I currently have 3 Scrivener projects open on my laptop :)

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  4. "An author's head is never lonely." I love that. Also I'm very impressed by all the stories you've got lined up to edit! Amazing.

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    1. Thanks! I'm having fun with all my imaginary friends!

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  5. That's great that you can work on more than one project at a time. I wish I could. And you are so productive! Please send some of your fast energy my way.

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    1. LOL - consider it sent!
      Although this current draft is trying to kill me - slowly and painfully!

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  6. I used to be able to easily work on more than one book at once, but now that I'm older, it's a lot harder. Even doing two at once can feel like I'm splitting my attention too many ways.

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    1. My brain's always been bouncy so that definitely helps!

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  7. Colour me awed, impressed and grateful for your bouncy brain.

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    1. LOL - thanks, but it can be little terrifying, too!

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  8. I'd still be so confused bouncing around like that. Have at it, Tigger.

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  9. So true that an author's head is never lonely. I also applaud you for how many stories you have in progress.

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    1. Thanks, Astrid - it makes it fun! A little wacky but fun!

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  10. I bounce between working solely on one story and working on multiple ones. My brain can't decide which option is the best one.

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    1. Maybe it's best to keep switching it up - go with your gut!

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  11. It's nice to have several projects to work on at a time. I think that is the way to do get something done!

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    1. I'm never stalled with writer's block, that's for sure!

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  12. That's awesome, Jemi. Are you a mutant or did you run into a spider/meteorite, or build a super suit? This woman wants to know. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Teehee! Love it! My folks often said they don't quite know where I came from... :)

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  13. Wow! Look at you. You are so productive. I'm thrilled for all the writing you've been able to do. And way to go for working on numerous projects.

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    1. Thanks, Sheri! I love the multiple stories - it's fun to mix it up!

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  14. I can't work on several stories simultaneously. I need to finish one story (or at least one draft completed) before I can try another story. Usually, my interruptions in fiction writing come from my journalism. When I must finish an article to a deadline, I have to put my fiction aside. No choice.

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    1. Definitely no choice in that situation! Deadlines first!

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  15. Oh my gosh, I'm so impressed by how much you're achieved!!! It's wonderful! And I love your books.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynda! I'm. having fun writing them - although series 2 is kicking my butt at the moment!

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  16. Sounds like you have a great process to work with. Good luck with your ongoing projects!

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    1. Thanks, Shannon! It keeps my bouncy brain happy and busy!

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  17. Wow Jemi. I cannot quite think of doing so many stories together. I usually make a planner in the beginning of the month and go by it. It's a different thing every two or three days.

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    1. That's a neat system! I'm not nearly that organized - mine's all led by my heart and my gut :)

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  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, I like your wording- marinating is just the thing for a good story.

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  19. I don’t know how you do it but I’m so glad you do. Can’t wait to read all the stories you’ve got going on in your brain

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    1. Thanks, Mason! I'm having a blast with the next Bloo Moose stories.
      Döva is a little tougher while I find my feet with it, but it'll get there!

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  20. I do rather like to have multiple projects. I’ve often drafted one novel while letting the previous one steep. And I’m trying to do more with short fiction, which is always a good place to go when the novels need to rest.

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    1. Yes! Totally agree. Those shorts are a great rest for the brain!

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  21. I like to work on one than one story at a time, but for the last year or so I've had to stick with just one in order to always have something to submit to my critique groups. It will be nice to jump around again as my muse sees fit.

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    1. I agree - deadlines aren't good for my brain. Wandering at will is much better!

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  22. I definitely have a Tigger Brain. It's always such a treat when it actually focuses long enough on a WIP for me to get some writing done. But on the rare occasions when I do manage to finish a WIP, it goes into the metaphorical drawer for a few months before I start the next step.

    I'm in awe at how much you accomplish! You're AMAZING!!

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    1. LOL - not sure about that, but thanks!
      I still think about a couple of stories I shelved years ago. I'd love to dig them out again one day. But they need ALL the work so it will be a while!

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  23. Stories do need to marinate...

    Your bouncy brain sounds amazing!
    Sounds like you're quite organised with your Bloo Moose series!
    It sounds like you're having fun! Go, Jemi!!

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    1. I'm definitely having fun - and fairly well organized thanks to Scrivener! Otherwise I'd be out to sea without a paddle!

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  24. It sounds like you're never short of something to work on! I might go back and look at a previous draft of something after working on a different WIP - but that's as far as it goes. I'm never really actively working on more than one thing at a time.

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    1. From experience, I know it's the only way to keep my bouncy brain happy!

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  25. So many series! And you're so far on Bloo Moose. That's wonderful!

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    1. I love Bloo Moose - and have many more stories to come!

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  26. Yes! I love the idea of having different stories to jump around to. Tigger Brain is a good way of describing it :-)
    Amazing that you're on Bloo Moose #9 already!
    Also, I just realized, you've got a WordPress landing page but still link to the blogger blogs, that is a really good idea. I've been wanting to start a Wordpress page for a while, and this seems like a good way to do it!

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    1. Glad to know someone else has a Tigger Brain. :)
      I don't know how to switch the Blogger blogs to WP so I just linked over. Seems like too much fuss to change!

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