March WIPMarathon Check-in

This month flew by – I can’t believe we’re a quarter through this year already 0_o

This month was all about edits. I have done little to no actual ‘writing’ since I’ve been working almost exclusively on revising THREE different books!

Writing Issues This Month:

When it rains it pours and this month was a monsoon of edits! Firstly, I was revising book 1: I Heart Robot. The reason being that I Heart Robot is no longer being published by Month9Books so I wanted to give it a thorough going-over before sending it out to hopefully find a new home.

Then I received an R&R letter for book 2: the fantasy novel. Since I’m basically switching this book from YA to adult, the revisions for this one are substantial and as soon as I was done with I Heart Robot, I jumped into those. That didn’t last long because I then received the edits for book 3: Obscura Burning. Due for release in November, the turn around time on edits of OB are pretty quick so I’ve been editing like a boss the past few days and success! I finished edits on this about 5 minutes ago 🙂

Things I learned this month:

1. Writing it rewriting – this never gets any less true. Thankfully, I love the editing and revision process just as much now as I always have 🙂

2. Things definitely do come in threes!

3. Editing is writing too. Just because it doesn’t technically involve creating fresh words, doesn’t mean it still isn’t a creative process. I often find even greater catharsis during the editing process than I did in the writing process.

4. Daredevil is the devil! The series robbed me of almost 13 hours of editing time, but I don’t regret a single minute spent with Matt Murdock!

daredevil

What distracted me this month while writing:

Daredevil – but analyzing that show and what makes it so addictive and why I love it so much counts as a writing exercise, especially in helping me to better understand heroes vs antiheroes vs villains.

Goal for next month:

Work on the revisions of the fantasy novel. I would love to finish them by the end of April but because of how much work is involved and how badly I want to do these revisions well, I’m not going to rush it.

Last 200 words: Again, nothing to share this month 🙁

That’s it for March, how did you do?

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  • Amy McNulty

    So many revisions!! Oh, wow, that’s interesting–changing a novel from YA to adult. I bet no one would ever recommend I do that since my writing voice is so juvenile. XD Good luck with everything, and I hope I Heart Robot finds a new home!

    • Yeah, it’s a process for sure. The book was always on the edge of what could be considered YA so I think making it adult is the right move.

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Emma Adams

    Whoa, that’s a lot of edits! I’ve noticed that in publishing, everything always happens at the same time. If two things can land in your inbox at once, it’s pretty much guaranteed to happen. 😛

    I hope the revisions are going well! Good luck! 🙂

    • Haha – yup, that seems to be the way of it 😉

      Thank you!!

  • Yael_Itamar

    Wow, that’s a lot of revisions. Good luck!

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    I still have no idea how you manage to juggle writing THREE books! If you aren’t a writing superstar, I don’t know who else is!

    And it’s totally excusable to marathon Daredevil! It sounds like a really interesting show that one could learn lessons from!

    Writing is rewriting. You’re so right on that! I just need to know when to stop haha because it never looks perfect to me.

    May the revision muses be with you this month!

    • Haha – yeah it’s been fun 😉

      Daredevil was awesome – I highly recommend it!

      That’s the tricky part, knowing when enough is enough. I still feel that way about books even once they’re published!

      Thank you – so far so good 😉