This would technically be draft 7 of my story, not that I mind. In fact, I am glad it’s gone through the wringer so many times! This means that the story is becoming stronger more than I imagined! I have two more scenes and I’m FINISHED AFTER MONTHS OF REVISING!
So… I’ve left my story unviewed from my very last post on here.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve decided to give it yet another run through the wringer. I want to squeeze out any unnecessary things/parts in there. You know, information that just doesn’t need to be put in. Honestly, I dont even notice until it’s pointed out. I’m like “welp, back to the drawing board”.
I’ve also expanded a bit on my main character’s relationships with the characters. Especially those who play a very important role in her life.
For the most part, this seventh (or so) draft is going great! Though it’s a lot of work and time, I’m loving how it’s taking such a wonderful turn. There are even elements I never expected to happen!
I can’t wait to finish this revision and get started on the second book!
No one understands how giddy I feel right now! I am so close to the end of my revision. I can’t wait until I’m done so I can go over it and give it a good polishing.
I said it before but I am so proud how this revision turned out. I’m glad I asked for help with my query + synopsis or it would have remained the way it did.
There were a massive amount of changes done in the 6th draft from the 5th. And it’s a total different story down from the 1st! My main character is even a little different than how she started out, too. While in her current state she is back and forth with her options it’s reaching that peak where something is going to happen that will push her to look forward to her goal.
And there is a scene in the 6th draft that wasn’t even in the 5th and hopefully I can nail it to make it as memorable as I can. Oh man, this revision journey is coming to a close soon! I can taste it!
This has been on my mind for a while now and it have everything to do with my revising of my book.
When making changes to my book, there are certain sacrifices I have to take in order to make it better. Those sacrifices often lead to me adding more and more text to me “deleted scenes” doc and it honestly kills me. But if I don’t delete it, my story won’t make as much sense as it did pre revision.
Certain scenes I just outright delete but others I actually save and see if it could work in another chapter or the future sequels.
Still it hurts. My WIP is my baby but I’ll do anything for it to be as perfect as it can be.
It can be difficult. And I speak for myself on this. I’m trying hard to make all my characters as three dimensional as I can without making them come off as (the term being) Mary Sue/Gary Stuish.
Though all my characters have their own quirks and personalities that half the time I forget they are actual characters. But that’s just me being biased about my own story. As far as I can tell, I’m able to differentiate everyone from one another. So I guess I’m on the right track.
I just hope when I’m applying things like disabilities, it’s believable. This is where the research part comes in but I can only do so much until I have to seek someone out for help.
With this revision, all of my characters became stronger. I can’t wait to finish!
So the pitchwars contest came to an end and I’m a little disheartened for not getting any requests at all. However, I feel like I still won because I made a lot of new friends put of it and met some really amazing writers like myself!
Instead of seeing it in a negative way, I’m focusing my energy on seeing the good that came out if it. As they said it’s not the be all of end all when it comes to our stories. And it’s true. But I would have loved to work with a mentor and learn how it would feel to work with a potential agent.
But this isn’t the end for me or my work. I’m querying again for a bit and there is the AuthorMentorMatch happening on Monday! So I’m excited for that! At least Pitchwars helped me realize there is nothing to be nervous about when submitting my story anywhere.
Wish me luck for this next one!