My laptop has a terrible internal battery and whenever the charger is unplugged, it dies anywhere from five to twenty-five minutes. About a week ago, there was a spider nearby. I hate spiders. I hate bugs in general. This spider was a big white one that I had seen a few times before, but was never able to kill because it was too fast. So I left my laptop and spent half an hour waiting for this spider to show itself again so I could kill it.
While I was waiting with a broom in one hand and a shoe in the other, the charger came unplugged from my computer and it died. And I lost 5k words from my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, which I hadn’t planned out at all since I decided to just wing it.
After getting over my desperation and frustration, I was kind of grateful that had happened because:
- I was going to have to rewrite it anyway, and so will you.
- First drafts are terrible. No one but me was ever going to see that part anyway.
- I started reevaluating my story and where it was going. Now I have a fuller plot with a better idea of what’s going on.
- Losing your work is a terrible thing, but it’s kind of an unlucky and unwanted right of passage for writers.
- Rewriting from memory is an exercise that tests just how much you know about your story.
- You know your characters, settings, and plots better the second time you write them, even if you have a full outline.
If you’re at that point where you don’t want to redo the beginning because you just got past it and it’s tiring to do it all over again, start writing where you left off and go back to the beginning later.
3. Working on it. :)
20. My goal this month is working on two novels. Inspiration for the first was from watching Atonement again and realizing James McAvory is in that and Chronicles of Narnia. I casually mentioned to a friend how the timelines of the films matched and how maybe his characters in those films are really the same person. Instantly she said, “Write it!” and from there the story bloomed.
The second story stems from conversations from this same friend. We were discussing characters and such when the whole thing just came out.
21. For the first story, definitely pantsing for the most part. I didn’t realize I was writing for Camp Nano until the night of, so have no real plan. The second story I’m attempting the Snowflake Method of novel planning.
Best of luck to you this month!
The first thing I do is copy and paste the whole story onto a new Word document - never know when I might like the original wording better, so I like to have it just in case. From there I usually read over it once and make changes via the computer, then print off the revised version and edit with a pen while reading the story out loud.
That said, pen and paper is my preferred method for editing. :)
“The closer he looks at the child, the less he sees … The more he looks at it, there’s nothing there. He fears that the more you look at him the less you see. There isn’t anything there.” - John Hughes
TELL WRITERS THAT YOU LIKE THEIR FICS!
REVIEW ON WRITER’S FICS!
THERE’S LITERALLY NOTHING BETTER THAN WAKING UP TO MESSAGES AND LIKES AND KUDOS AND BOOMARKS TELLING YOU THAT PEOPLE LIKED YOUR FIC. EVEN IF IT’S JUST A ‘HEY I LIKED THIS’ IN AN ASK BOX OR A COMMENT BOX.
IT. MAKES. LIVES.
IT KEEPS US WRITING.
WRITERS ARE SENSITIVE CREATURES. THEY MUST BE CONSTANTLY PRAISED!
This had Been a PSA.