AROW80 Check-In for May 25, 2014

Happy Sunday! The last couple days have been absolutely gorgeous around here which helps to lessen the impact of my schedule still being a bit nuts.  Luckily, there’s only a few more days of the craziness and then things should even out again.

I managed to get a bit of manuscript reading in last night — which did help me to shake off some inner demons that keep resting on the back of my head telling me the usual old saws of ‘This sucks; your idea sucks; you can’t do this.”   They’re not gone completely, but I’m feeling more confident — at least at the moment.

I’m going to start typing up my manuscript in June, regardless of how much further I’ve read. And I’m considering using at least a modified version of the ideas in this article while I do it: Writing advice you’re not going to like.   The advice in question is to not edit a manuscript, but to rewrite it. As in print it out and retype the entire thing.

For me, this will be modified advice because since my manuscript is mostly hand-written, I will be starting out by having to enter it in from scratch. But I do have some typewritten bits that I’m just going to straight up retype instead of cut and pasting them. Hopefully, this will help some — even during my rereading, I’ve come up with some places where I want to alter things so, consider my fingers crossed.

And, before I go, here’s another googly-eyed men’s adventure novel:

Googly eyes are the only appropriate response to an explosion that close behind you.

Survivalist #1: Total War by Jerry Ahern.



2 thoughts on “AROW80 Check-In for May 25, 2014

  1. I can see where retyping the entire manuscript can have its benefits, chiefly that you tend to catch more things than if you just make a copy and edit the copy. And it’s a lot closer to how drafts used to be written, where you had to start at the beginning and type the whole thing over. I’ll have to try that myself.

    • I’ve found myself catching things just in re-reading my manuscript and I’m hoping that during the typing (which I swear I will be getting to some time Real Soon Now) I’ll catch more. I’m hoping it’s just a question of building and maintaining momentum.

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