Last year I participated in Merrilee Faber’s ‘100 words for 100 days’ challenge, which really helped me get through my WIP and get into a routine of writing every day. Because of that challenge, I managed to write EXCALIBUR in six months, and finished in late November.
Well, I’ve taken a break from my WIP, and now I’m ready to jump back into it! I’ve never been any good at editing, and to be blunt: I hate editing. I really do. I would much rather create a new story than revise something I’ve already written. But alas, editing is kinda an essential skill for those wanting to be published.
Fortunately, Merrilee is going to save the day again! This year, she’s running Project 2012, a year-long project that will focus on editing a project from start to finish, and I’m participating! I’m going to learn how to editing my WIPs properly, and actually be held accountable. My previous attempts at editing were… well, pretty bad, and I usually gave up after a month or two.
But not this time! I don’t usually do New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I’m resolving to do Project 2012 and completely edit my novel. The year has been divided into quarters, and each quarter will focus on a different aspect: the big picture, chapters, the nitty-gritty stuff, and getting ready to submit. At the end of 2012, I’ll have a polished manuscript, and query letter, and a synopsis!
If you’re interested, I’m sure it’s not too late to sign up!
For the comments, what New Year’s Resolutions do you have? Do you think you’ll be able to keep them? Let me know!