Monday, April 16, 2012

Getting Back to the Swing of Things

Spring break is over. So are all the dentist appointments (Hooray! I'm grateful for you dentist...but still).

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things (eating healthy, overcoming the monstrous laundry mountain, waking up on time...things like that).

But I am also drafting a new book! (Yay drafting!) But to be honest, it is so much harder than the last book I drafted. I don't know if I'm stuck in revision mode or what!

So I'm setting myself some little goals to get to. (I had a big one, but I decided I couldn't draft a whole book in two days. Just so not realistic.)

What about you guys? What do you do when you switch from revision to drafting? Do you have any tricks to pass along?

Okay, now back to drafting! *whipcrack*

Good luck with the writing/cleaning/living this week! Woohoo!

19 comments:

Karen Martin Sampson said...

I don't know if it helps, but as an artist I usually work up visual "drafts" of a piece (called "comps" or "roughs" in the commercial art business). I take them to a fairly detailed level sometimes but always find that once I'm working on the final painting things have a way of taking off on their own. I have done some writing also and found the same thing to happen. As for switching from "revision to drafting" I also tend to go back and forth...I reach a point where I can't do any more on a draft of something and go back to making some corrections where I see them needed. And as I pointed out in my last blog, that upkeep stuff with house, family, car, living, etc., just isn't going anywhere:-)

Jolene Perry said...

I just read a book called Save The Cat that will forever change how I write.
All you need is chapter four.
No kidding.
Awesome.

And YAY you!!

L.T. Elliot said...

Congrats on drafting! I'm sure it will be awesome!

KarenG said...

I love revision, dislike drafting. I'll be where you are in a month or so. Gah!

Jamie Burch said...

Good luck with your drafting! Can't wait to switch to that mode.

Shelley Sly said...

The revision to new draft transition is hard. We think differently when we revise than when we write.

I don't know what will work for you, but I like to give myself a mini goal to meet each day (usually in terms of time, not words.) So, I make sure to write an hour a day, for instance, and usually that gives me incentive. I like the feeling of meeting even a small goal.

Good luck!!

Patti said...

I bought the book "Save the Cat" so I'm hoping that will help with my drafting for my next project.

David P. King said...

I've had to do the same thing this week. And so far, it's working. Manageable goals are better than giant, unmanageable ones. :)

J. A. Bennett said...

How fun! I love drafting, when I have a good idea. Just keep going at it and soon enough it will all come back to you :)

Annalisa said...

I swear I commented on this yesterday. Weird. The planning phase when you've just finished a novel is so hard. I often go back to what I've written and tweak unnecessary things just because it's so much easier to edit what's close to being right than think about the long road of a new novel in front of you. I guess I don't have any advice for you, just lots and lots of sympathy :).

ali cross said...

Hurray for drafting and comfortable routines! I think I switch gears by reading a couple books or watching a few movies. Just to "cleanse the palate" so to speak.

Have fun!

Angie said...

Good luck with drafting. I'm making the opposite switch. It doesn't seem to be too hard for me, though. A book in two days would be truly amazing!

Tiana Smith said...

I'm just getting back into the swing of things with writing since I took a loooong break. It feels great!

Susan Fields said...

I like revising so much better than drafting. I don't know any tricks to make it easier, just keep looking for that light at the end of the tunnel! And remember that right now it doesn't have to be perfect or even good, just a starting point.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Hope you get all your laundry done and get your draft written.

Happy Writing!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Dang it, I have heard nothing but fantastic things about that Save the Cat book! I'm ordering it right now!!

Jill Kemerer said...

It IS hard! I made a checklist of steps to get a new book going. It makes the process so much easier! good luck! (And I love Save The Cat--awesome book.)

Jill Kemerer said...

It IS hard! I made a checklist of steps to get a new book going. It makes the process so much easier! good luck! (And I love Save The Cat--awesome book.)

Elliot Grace said...

...Save the Cat? What am I missing? Geez, I've gotta get out more ;)

Happy drafting, Carolyn!

El