Getting back in the groove


Any kind of writing you do requires a process to complete it.  This includes the writing, editing, publishing, and promoting of it.  Depending on what you are doing, this can take longer for some projects; like novels.  Unfortunately, this also gives life the chance to take over and that writing to be put on the back-burner; possibly for an extended period of time.  And that is exactly what happened to me and this blog.

I managed to wrangle up some freelance writing jobs last summer.  This, along with my full-time job and various hobbies, took me away from working on my novels.  Other than taking a few pages to my monthly writers’ group and giving a copy of my first novel to a friend for critique, both just sat on my thumb drive waiting for my return.  Of course, that also meant my blog suffered because I had nothing to write about from my experience.  Bad writer.

However, I am happy to say that I have returned to my novels once again, and now to my blog.  I have been remiss though because I started working on my novel during 2012’s NaNoWriMo.  In fact, instead of writing the third novel of the series, I used the month to seriously edit my first manuscript.  Wow did it need it!  I can say that two years after writing it I was finally able to look at it objectively and fix some of the errors.

This not only rejuvenated my desire to edit that novel, but also my second one, and even brave the possible “I don’t understand this, it kind of sucks” fear by letting one of my friends read them both.  In fact, I didn’t read anything during the months I edited I was so into the editing process.

I did start a second read-through/edit of my first novel, but the desire is kind of waning.  I’m not sure if I just need a break or I’m anxious to hear what my friend says first.  I have found some other errors to fix and areas which need improvement.

Either way, I am back and plan on staying that way.


About awritersprocess
I have been a writer longer than I can remember. It started with poems in grade school and evolved into the manuscripts, articles, and blogs that I currently write for. My desire to become an editor came later in life but I am no less passionate about that as I am about writing. I have a BA in English (with a minor in History) and have even taken a proofreading class through Editorial Freelancers Association. I am a writer for hire.

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