IWSG Day & Getting Back Into Your Story

Happy IWSG Day! It’s another first Wednesday of another month and you know what that means. A gathering of fellow writers coming together, supporting each other. As always, thanks for bringing the IWSG community together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

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So what’s going on with me this month?

Started reading over my urban fantasy. And as I was getting back into the story, all I could think of at the start was that it’s a bit hard and convoluted to read. I remember or felt that when I first typed the words the story unfolded much clearer in my mind. 

So what happened? Basically, there are some gaps in action scenes and the writing is not as clear and concise as I’d like. Or thought.

On that note TGFRW (thank god for re-writing). Because even though I knew I’d feel lost when I got back into my story, I didn’t relish how lost I was. And right from the start too.

Plus the excitement for the manuscript is rather muted. Did I wait too long?

How long do you wait between the time from shelving your manuscript to returning to it with fresh eyes? Or do you jump right into the edits/revisions/rewrites as soon as you finish your draft? What do you do to get that initial spark back?

I hope everyone continues to stay safe and practice caution, especially this 4th of July weekend.

22 comments

  1. I’m not one to wait long for edits. When I finish a draft, the “messy” first goes right to my first wave of beta readers. They understand my process and I’m glad for it because I am a horrible self-editor. But when I finish a project I need to FINISH it so the editing usually kicks in same or next day.

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    • Really? Where did you find your betas? The only part in my life where I’m a perfectionist is when it comes to my writing. I tend to go over and over and over and over a story before I feel it’s finished enough to send to anyone.

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      • I am often revising while I’m still writing the first draft in a kind of loop. So by the time I actually get to the end of what should be called the first draft it’s kind of a second and a half draft. So, I don’t usually wait long after that to jump back into revisions and finish the thing.

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      • I try not to revise while I write. But sometimes I cant help it when an idea comes to me and have to include it in the story.

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    • That’s a good way to look at it. It’s easier, glaring, what needs to be fixed. And I still need to write the beginning. I know how I want to start the manuscript but yet to do so. It starts off with tension and protests.

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  2. I tend to wait for at least a few weeks before diving back in – sometimes months. I usually have more than one story on the go, so I work on one, then switch off and work on another. Keeps my brain working and I see things with fresh eyes 🙂

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  3. I have a hard time letting it sit more than a month, but there’s been a few times that I’ve gone back to an old manuscript after putting it aside for years. That’s an interesting experience–it’s like reading someone else’s book.
    It’s great that you’re catching these things now.
    Happy writing and revising!

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  4. So I’m commenting from the perspective of a first full length manuscript. I’ve been “done” with the first draft since last summer. I’ve tried, off an on, to work on the revision, but I’m so sick of it. I don’t like the characters and I’m not sure where the story is going. Plus there was a lot of “this makes no sense – where the hell did this come from?” That said, ideas for the revision have been percolating since I started a new non-fiction project, sort of like a stone across the flint. I think the re-ignition is in the works, in its own time.

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    • I nevwr want to dislike my story and characters. It’s another reason I put it away for awhile before goinf back to it. Even with the stories I haven’t revisited in years I have ideas percolating for them.

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  5. I usually wait about 4-6 weeks, so that I can see it with fresh eyes. Having said that, I’ve left some novel-length pieces untouched for years, only because I know how much re-writing will be involved. 😉

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    • I have at least 3 novel length works I’ve left untouched for years too. Want to get back to it but the level of rewriting for them is very daunting.

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  6. I jump into edits/revisions as quickly as possible. My whole writing process depends on momentum, and I know if I wait too long I’ll lose my momentum and have a really, really hard time getting started again.

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    • My momentum tends to drop towards the end. So when I put the story away, in the past, by the time I return it, it’s like starting over again right after I left off.

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