That’s right. You heard me. 100% COMPLETE.
Back on February 7th, I wrote a short entry to congratulate myself on completing my outline. Last summer, I asked my readers how they felt about the pre-writing process. Some of them said they couldn’t write without structure; others couldn’t write with it. For me, the pre-writing process is a struggle. When I sit down to hack out an outline, I suddenly feel the need to recheck my email or surf Amazon for toys I can’t have. I’ve even cleaned the oven to avoid writing. You’d think I’d be more disciplined, having just graduated college and all.
My next goal was to have the entire rough draft written by my birthday, and I did so with less than 48 hours to spare. Having finished, I can say this: the outline helped a lot. With few exceptions, I never got stuck in my story. Even if the writing wasn’t sparkling, I could always refer to my outline and plow through the ruts. I have never finished a rough draft so quickly.
Now, it’s time for the dreaded editing process. So, here’s my question to my readers: how do you feel about editing? Do you enjoy it? Do you like it less than, as much, or more than writing the actual story? Do you give yourself a break before plunging in for the kill? I’d like to hear your thoughts.