Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Something Was Off - IWSG Post

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Everything was falling into place.

The edits nearly completed.

A new story idea formed in the ol’ noggin.

The aches and pains were taking a backseat.

The A-Z Challenge was rockin’ and rollin’.

But something was off.

I couldn’t put my finger on it.  I just knew I wasn’t emotionally ready to let go of my first novel.  It had nothing to do with my trust in my critique partner.  In fact, he returned it with additional edits – something I was more than happy to complete. 

It was the feeling of being in the middle of editing two WIPs and wanting to write another while the idea is fresh in my head.  Just get the idea on paper.  I’m afraid I’ll have three WIPs, then four, five, six.  Will the WIPs ever stop?  Will I ever have a published novel?  Will I ever feel comfortable enough to stop editing?

Maybe I need to apply the brakes now.  Stay focused on finishing the two books I’ve written already.  Find a second critique partner to torment.  Then, then I can put more words on paper.

I don’t know though. 

These voices in my head continue to speak to me.

Louder and louder. 

They want to be heard.  They want to become characters, have personalities.  I’m not sure I can contain them much longer.

So, who will win?  The editor or the writer?  I think it will depend on what day of the week it is.

Or perhaps if it’s raining or if the sun’s shining. 

Today, today the rain is here.  So, I think maybe I will just write one page.  Just to see if that character is ready to be introduced into my world. 


Just one page.

Have you ever been torn between editor and writer mode?  
What about between doing one thing and doing another? 

~~Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for making this happen.  You rock!~~

This has been a part of the Insecure Writer Support Group.  A place to talk about your struggles and your joys.  Please join in on the fun.  We'd love to have you.  Special thanks to the other co-hosts:   Mark Koopmans, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Lisa Buie-Collard!

124 comments:

  1. Sometimes it helps to get just a page down, even just a bit about the story or characters.
    I've only room in my head for one solid idea at a time, so I've no idea what it's like to juggle several. Well, I did write a short story for a publication last month while still working on my next novel. I guess I have then...
    Thanks for co-hosting today - you rock!

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    1. It really did help to get that page out of my head yesterday, Alex. Just to kind of get that character out in the open. I think I'll leave the work open while I continue to edit the other two works. I'll see what happens from there. I mean, I have no schedule so no one is breathing down my neck for anything. Unless Bryan starts to get all crazy on me…but I don't see that happening any time soon. At least, I hope not.

      I love hosting the IWSG!! And, we're off!

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  2. Elsie, I think it's probably a good idea not to let your first novel go to publication just yet. Let it rest for a short while. I published on Kindle too soon, and I've taken it down and trying to re-write it.
    Ultimately it's up to you, though. I felt pushed by a friend to get mine on the Internet. Now I wish I'd taken more time.
    You'll know when the time is right.
    All the best.

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    1. I have the feeling your right, Fanny. I'm grateful my CP isn't pushing me. He's been really good about being upfront and honest about changes he thinks I need to make. I think once I'm really and truly ready for it to be published, I'll know it. I'll feel it inside me. I'm sorry you felt pushed by a friend and ended up pulling yours down. Good luck with the rewrite!

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  3. How to juggle? Voices, books, fiber vs calories, Life...it is a conundrum. But it sounds like perseverance and a sense of humor are a big part of your life and since those are the two ingredients to Published Author, you'll get there.

    Thanks for hosting IWSG

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    1. That made me laugh - fiber vs. calories - um I thought it was obvious - chocolate? Sense of humor is a big part of my life. Without it, I'd be lost. Same with perseverance. Gotta keep on truckin'. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  4. I write note(s) as the Muse offers new ideas/characters and then I file them until I'm ready.

    This way, I feel like I'm listening to Muse, but not getting overwhelmed :)

    Happy co-hosting today :)

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    1. Ya know, Mark, that's actually a really good idea. Simple and effective. I can keep the file I created yesterday as a go to place as things come to me so I don't forget about them but not get bogged down with it either. Thanks! Happy co-hosting!

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  5. I have so many outlines right now, I don't even know where to begin, so I know the feeling.

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    1. Kindred spirits? That's a good thing right? Say it is. Please. Just say it is. haha

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  6. I work on one project at a time. (I'm obsessive like that. LOL) But the muse can strike at any time, so I keep documents and folders on my laptop--one for each new story idea. That way if I get inspired to write a scene or make some plot notes on one of them, I can. Usually, getting those thoughts down on 'paper' is enough to satisfy me, then I can go back to my current WIP with a smile.

    Thanks for Co-hosting. :)
    IWSG #224 until Alex culls the list again.

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    1. That's a great idea, Melissa. When I worked on it yesterday, I felt better even though I only wrote a few hundred words. It was like just getting her voice out of my head a bit was enough to quiet her for a while. I figure I can take my current WIP to doctor's office today to edit while I wait (you know how that goes!) and I can be productive. Win Win!! I'll get this figured out. Maybe. :)

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    2. I like that you gave me your number too. I need to find mine on there haha

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  7. Wow, heck yeah I've been torn between editing and writing...and often end up reading! LOL! Great post. Thanks for cohosting!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth. I love being a co-host. So much fun! That's another problem I have, I'm reading four books right now. Too many!!

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  8. While I'm not a writer, I do get what you mean about multiple WIPs. I have that with my craft projects and I OBSESS over them till they are done. I will even wake up in the middle of the night thinking about them.

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    1. I totally get that way when I'm in the middle of writing, JoJo. I wake up in the middle of the night or waaaay to early in the morning with an idea for the story that I just have to write down! I'll bet you're just going nuts with the eggs!

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  9. I think you should follow your gut and write that one page - see where it takes you. If you don't feel emotionally ready to let go of the first novel then there's no harm in letting it sit for a while, you'll know when you're ready!

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    1. It felt good to get the one page written down yesterday. The voice quieted down a bit. Now I'm toying with the idea of going to the beach tomorrow and getting some editing done. That sounds like fun, doesn't it?

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  10. Hah! I poasted about my habit of writing more than one WIP at a time about a month ago. I guess that happens a lot to creative types. The trick is to make sure you stick with one of them long enough to get it finished.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. I was so fearful I didn't have an idea in me while I was writing my book but as I came closer to the end, it suddenly popped up and waved. Now that I'm done it won't shut the heck up! So funny!!

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  11. hey be glad the voices are talking and the ideas are flowing...grab what you can and ride that wave....
    you know the pixar films were all developed over one lunch meeting right? there you go.

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    1. I had no idea that Pixar came up with all those ideas in one sitting. Look how long it took them to get them completed - and I think they are still working on some…I think...

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  12. haha and now you know why I am so far ahead, the damn voices never stop and just away I go at my show. If I did that for books I'd have 50 on the go at once, i have tons of ideas jotted down, but with the one arm can take a while to write a 50,000 word and up book, compared to a 400 words blog post haha

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    1. You are just an enigma, cat. I stopped trying to figure you out long ago, my evil friend. A freak of nature. I don't know how you stay organized between writing, getting the drawings organized, classes written oh and that pesky thing called work. Throw in your health and P90Xtra and yeah, I'd say you're pretty busy!

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    2. I gave up just five seconds ago. He must've cloned himself.

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  13. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Elsie. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to finish a project. You've been given so much good advice. Fanny's right about letting your first novel sit for a while. I do what so many above have said--when the Muse yells too loud, I jot down the essence, save it in my Ideas folder, and get back to the work in progress. That way I'm never at a loss for stories to begin. Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I think writing it down a bit yesterday really helped. While the voice is still there (and that's a great thing to not have lost) it's not screaming as loudly as it was. I think I was afraid I'd end up becoming too involved with writing yet another work and never finish editing. Then again, only one day has passed. One day does not a summer make.

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  14. Good luck settling into a project. We are always thinking of new ideas. Keep writing and editing. Maybe the variety is what your brain needs.
    Thanks for co-hosting this month!
    Play off the Page

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    1. ooohhh, Mary, I like your thinking! Variety is the spice of life, right? A little bit of editing, a little bit of writing…but can my poor little brain keep up with it all? I bet it can! I mean, heck, it only took two years to write my first book! haha

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  15. Yup, that's a tough choice. I think instinct is the way to go. I'm also a firm believer in that when you do have an idea, QUICK write it down) Or maybe that's just my brain...jot it or lose it.
    The road trip is for real. Blogger hated me yesterday. The link worked then, but not this morning. Thanks so much for pointing that out. I've included it in my new signature. Go check it out and sign up! It will be great to be on the road with you!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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    1. No, Tina, it's my brain too. I think the older I get (wait, did I just admit to that in writing? crap!) the more I' apt to forget a great idea. I need to put a pen by my bedside again. Okay, cool, I'm glad you fixed that link. I'm totally down for joining you on your road trip. I feel like I may have missed out on some really great blogs because there were just so many on the list. This is a great chance to visit more. Thanks for putting it together. Let me know if you need help!

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  16. I would say write the ideas down while they are fresh. Maybe even write the beginning and the end. I have been told that it is a good thing to allow your WiP to rest before tackling it again with fresh eyes. Maybe starting a new project will be just the thing to allow you to do that.

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    1. The end? You're funny. I write by the seat of pants. I barely have an idea. As I wrote it yesterday the idea formed just a teeny bit more. I love to write that way, it's so exciting just to see how it's all going to turn out! I surprise myself with the twists and turns.

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  17. Sometimes when I have a new idea while working on another, I'll write down a brief outline so I don't forget and can go to it when done with the current one. When I first started writing, I'd abandon one story for a new one and I started to worry I'd never finish a story, but eventually, I found the focus to finish a story and then move onto the next one.

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    1. That may be what I'm going through. Being a newbie at writing all these mixed emotions, I think they leave me feeling somewhat scattered brained. I'm not used to being unorganized. I like things in their place but when it comes to writing, I like to fly by the seat of my pants. It makes absolutely no sense. Or, maybe that's why I write that way - to escape the black and white. So Freudian, Elsie!! =P

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  18. Boy are you right. It's that gut feeling that something needs attention.

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    1. Yeah, and I tend to go with my gut these days. Especially when it says, "Elsie, I want some Reisen!"

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  19. I know,I know. That niggling from a character who will not stop until you scribble down something and then you sigh with relief. You captured him/her on paper. I cannot work on more that one WIP at a time but then again I can't juggle either. I have to concentrate on the one story, so just splashing other ideas for another story on paper helps me get them off my mind to finish the WIP. Congrats on finishing 2 ms. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thanks, J Q. I can't wait until I can say I'm a published writer. Although I have to admit, it scares me to pieces. That first bad review will just send me to the corner in a ball crying. Then, I'll step back and learn from it but until that time, oh boy! But, yes, that sigh of relief once the character quits nagging so much! Worse than me own mom! haha

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  20. And here I thought I was the only one who felt this way. Actually, no. I've been hanging around long enough to know that just ain't so. Thanks, Elsie!

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    1. And this is why I love the IWSG. It's good to know I'm not the only odd ball in the bunch :) Thanks for stopping in, Joylene.

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  21. I think it would be a good idea if you take notes on all those ideas that come to your head but you would focus on finishing one. Otherwise it is pretty easy to loose yourself in unfinished stories. Being one who can't keep his mind focused on one single project at the time, I know that happens a lot. And then you have a loong list of unfinished things and not a single one you can feel proud about.

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    1. One of the things I fear is not having something to be truly proud of. I have my very first WIP that remains unfinished. Then there is my second which I call my first because, well, it's finally finished. Confused? Yeah, me too. So, if I start another, where does that leave book one? In the proverbial dust. That was the one I wrote to help other people. The whole reason I started writing in the first place. What good have I done anyone if I don't get back to that book? Really, this comment was more a kick in the pants to myself. Thanks for listening...

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  22. Yes. Sometimes smaller steps get you were you are going faster that big leaps!

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    1. But than will I ever finish the big project?

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  23. Hi Elsie! I'm visiting from the IWSG to thank you for co-hostting today! Can I ever relate to the voices talking in your head wanting to bust out! Sometimes, when I was working with my third graders on writing, we'd set a timer for five minutes and just write. If we were stuck, we wrote "Write" until something else came out of our pencils. Editor or writer? I rewrite a lot. It helps me to clarify my thinking. Blogging has helped too, because you have to chop, chop, chop! As I hope around the IWSG as a new member, I can see we are all struggling with time and interference! I'm rooting for you, Elsie!

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    1. Well, hey there, Fundy. I just came from your blog while bouncing around Alex's list. How cool is that? I love to do some brainstorming. I come up with some of the best ideas. Or, in most cases for me, I let off some get stress. I hope you get to meet a ton of new people today. There are a bunch of great folks in the group and I've learned a ton since I've joined. Welcome!

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  24. Know what you mean, although my manuscript has been edited by a professional and has been sitting on my laptop for the past 3 months. I tinker with it once or twice a week with the intention of formatting it ready for publication, then something stops me. This was my baby, a four year project to get it where it is today, and though I've already published another book in the mean time, I just can't let this one go. So I say sit on it, but then I would. As others have said, you will know when the time is right to publish.
    Thanks for being a co-host, I'm new to all this, and I think I'll leave my insecurity post for another month as I'm still unsure as to what I'm supposed to do.

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    1. I think what's stopping me is fear. Fear of rejection, fear of judgment, fear of fear - just all of it rolled up into one big ol' fear ball. I think just the fact that you sent it into a professional editor says a lot about you. My WIP took two years to get where it is today. I wouldn't be surprised if I was exactly where you are in another two years. It's not easy at all. Best of luck to you!

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  25. Yes! Editing the smaller project would be quicker, but the real desire sits with writing. But then there's this project. And that one. Such a dilemma. I completely relate, and am currently torn as well. I threw together a serial story for the A to Z challenge, all the while complaining to my husband, "This isn't supposed to be the first time people meet this character." But it was the first time many people did, and "volume 1" still has to go through final edits. Now, volume 1 isn't volume 1!

    I hope you find clarity and direction. And if not, just toss a leaf to the wind and chase that direction. It'll work out.

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    1. I think if I toss another leaf in the air, a hurricane will run up the coast and stir up all the ones I didn't rake up from the fall. That's what I get for leaving things undone for so long. =P I really just need to focus. This always happens when I write these posts. I get the feed back and as I write through the comments, I realize what I really need to do. This is why I love this group!! Good luck to you!!!

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  26. So on the money! Yes, been there done that, and have come out the other side, of both of them! Great post. One that resonates... Thanks for co-hosting this month. I forgot to list my other co-hosters at first so went back and changed my post! Ah! Live and learn. First time co-hosting. I'll get it right next time! Thanks again... #IWSG

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    1. I always forget to list the hosts on my post. It's always hit or miss each month. Then, I'll be reading someone's post and see it all nice and neatly listed and think, "Crap!" I need to go and list the co-host's names haha

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  27. I'm never torn between those two modes because I hate editing. I do it, but it's grudgingly, so it's not being torn.
    What you need is someone who can tell you, "Hey, this is finished. Quit messing with it and publish it." We'd never have had anything from Tolkien if he hadn't had Lewis there to tell him "it's ready."

    How are you doing on House, by the way? Since you mentioned your reading speed earlier.

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    1. Great point, Andrew. I think it's why it's taking so long to get done. Well, that and because I am just terrible at it, so between dreading it and being inept, it makes it rough. I think my CP will tell me to just leave it alone once I finally ask him.

      I am halfway done with House. Let's see - without giving anything away, I'll just say, school has started, and visits the I.R are a frequent thing…but, I suspect mom is going to get involved very soon….

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  28. Thank you for co-hosting the IWSG this month, Elsie. Changing hats from writer to editor is fun for me and I do whatever feels right at the time. If you have one MS complete with edits and revisions, it is time for you to put on your publisher's hat, though, and concentrate on that for a while. You can still take an hour or two out of your day to write new material. Best of Success with the publication of your current finished work.

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    1. Oh my gosh! Please don't add another hat to this girl's collection. I'm not even close to publishing yet. I am about halfway through my first round of edits. I think it's a problem for me to edit because I keep find a mistake in almost every line of writing I've done so far. If it's not a tense issue, it's too much information. It's almost never-ending. Thank you!

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  29. I'm right where you are, among other things, in terms of between stuck between WIPs. I want to finish a book, but I have four in development. It's tough.
    Thanks for co-hosting today.

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    1. Wow, four in development. I thought two was rough. I don't have the ability to juggle four!

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  30. Hi Elsie,

    Any writing project I have is broken down into small, realistic workable segments that lead to the ultimate goal. I concentrate on just one project at a time. Of course all these writer acronyms have me all confused :) A "WIP"? I'm kidding, heck I even found out what a "blurb" is. Not some sort of stomach complaint at all.

    Do you realise I'm a character created by Penny the Jack Russell dog? Oh and thank you so much for co-hosting "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary." Yes, some might consider me delusional.

    All the very best to you, my kind friend.

    Gary :)

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    1. I'm so honored to have the star of I Was Seeking Gary stop by my blog. I hope you weren't given any grief when you entered. I told them to let you straight in - no waiting behind the velvet ropes for you!

      Well, to me, a blurb is still stomach gas until I have to deal with it in some other form or fashion.

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  31. I'm usually working on two things at once. So one novel I'll be working on getting ready for submission, and the other I"m getting the story out. Everything else has to wait, but when I do get to the other stories I usually have a good idea of the plot.

    Thanks for co-hosting.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Cherie. I think having one going in for submission while one is being worked is a good system. Right now I feel like I'm juggling two which is silly because I'm under no deadline. Maybe if I were, I'd stay more focused?

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  32. Thanks for co-hosting this month! Yup, I've got so many stories in first draft, half stories, a partially done memoir, my NaNo novel is still in editing stage. I know that taking classes has slowed me down a bit, though it shouldn't except that for class I've been submitting new work. I then scream internally, "But why!" knowing I have so many works that I've already done that I could use in class. Heh. I know all about the writer/editor/new characters clawing to get out of the brain... Lily Eva

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    1. I would love to take another writing class. Especially if it involved editing. That would be so amazing. Knowing me though, it would complicate matters. Then I'd be more anal than I already am. Lords No!! But, what you have going on - no way! That's a lot on your plate. I don't know how you manage it all. =P

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  33. Hi Elsie,

    Thanks so much for co-hosting this month :). Oh, how I am constantly fighting against editor/author mode. I have so many WIPs sometimes I'm not sure if I can keep my head above the reams of paper they produce! BUT, I can't NOT work on the one (or ones) that comes to the forefront. I feel passionate about one story for a while and I work tirelessly on it. Then, I get a desire to work on another story. I put the first one on hold and off I go on the second. It's a vicious cycle. I have only finished four over the years but haven't a published novel to my name yet. Focus is what I need...I just have to see something through to the very end. THEN I can work on the next one.

    Now if I could just put this knowledge into play! Best of luck to you and very nice to meet you!
    ~ Jen (new follower)

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    1. That's exactly how I feel, Jennifer. I get going on the set of edits on my first story, then grow tired of editing it and move back over to my second story. Next thing you know, I'm bored with that one. Then, along came this third idea. I fear it may never end and I'll have nothing to show for all the work I put it in. I need some serious focus too. I wish you luck too. Thanks for following :)

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  34. Thanks for co-hosting this month! I think many of us find the battle between editing and writing raging inside us at a different times. I find that the two activities have to be attempted at different times. If I'm writing, I do only minor edits. Writing time is for writing. Then, I carve out separate time for editing. I don't have an opinion about having many WIPs going at once, but that may change as I begin book two this summer. Good luck!

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    1. I feel like I didn't know a darn thing when I first started writing. My CP has taught me so much about writing that I have a ton to fix in the beginning of my novel. It just seems so overwhelming at times. I know I just need to keep my nose to the grindstone and it will get done before I know it.

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  35. Even after editing for months, I can still find things I'd like to change. Actually, I haven't read my book after it was published because I groan, thinking it could've used more editing...It's true, that at some point you have to let it go. And move on the the new voices and stories invading your brain.

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    1. I would be petrified to read my book after it was published and find I dropped a word or spelled something incorrectly. Ugh, that would just about kill me. And yet….that temptation would sooo beee there!!!!

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  36. I'm doing multiple things at once so I can feel your pain. Finishing a manuscript is important, so when I'm being hassled by other characters, I write a quick note of them, perhaps a quick outline of an idea and then move on. If they really want life, then they'll have to wait. But that's me. It's different for everyone.

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    1. It helps to know I'm not alone on this. It also helps that the voice quieted down once I got a bit of her out on paper. I suppose if it happens again, I can just write a tiny bit more =P

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  37. Honestly, no. I don't get torn between editor and writer, self.
    When I write, I vomit all over the page, and don't get caught
    up on anything but filling that page.

    Then later, I make a cuppa and really dig into the fun of
    editing. I just love it. Really fun process, all the way around.

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    1. It's just so many dang pages to fix. Then I know after those are fixed, I have to re-read them again to make sure I didn't miss anything. Then again. And again. But, after that, I'll have to let it go because if I haven't found it by then, well, I deserve it!

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    2. Oh my gosh, girl. That way doesn't sound like any
      fun at all. My goodness. Do you ever make a nice
      cuppa something warm and kick back to edit?

      I love doing that. I also like to edit outside. Just
      hangin' in the sun, going over text.

      Ah, good stuff.

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  38. Yes, I've had that feeling before! I take notes about the new idea, then head back in to finish the current project.

    Thanks so much for co-hosting!

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    1. It's so good to add someone else to the multiple projects list. I love to co-host the IWSG. It's always so much fun.

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  39. I do have multiple projects going when I paint and sometimes I'll completely abandon one to start another. Unfinished figures go on what I call my "shelf of shame" But that's much different from writing novels.

    I can understand your need to create something new whilst your in the process of editing. That's nuts and bolts writing and may not give you the "rush" that writing a story does. I think as long as you limit the time spent on the new story and don't abandon the editing, you're okay.

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    1. I never looked at it like a rush before, Anne. That's a good point. There's also something about creating something from nothing that I really enjoy. Being able to mold something exactly how I picture it. It's probably a whole control issue I should look into. :)

      Shelf of Shame - I love that!! So funny. Like the Walk of Shame. Hilarious!

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  40. Oh, yes. Torn all the time. Editing pays now, at least if I do it for someone else. Writing might pay...one day. Rain seems like is as good a determiner as anything until you dream of your book's characters. Then it's time to write. At least editing teaches me how to avoid the worst mistakes. And I know how to make my paragraphs align in any ereader I want. That's what I posted this time, a technique that can save a lot of money at book design time. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. I read your blog post about paragraphs in an ereader earlier today. It really is true, you learn something new everyday. I had no idea about spacing inside the document. Lord knows what else I've done in my document! Gah!

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  41. It doesn't likely help you any for me to say this, but it does sound like a good dilemma. I have one book I need to edit and I'm at a standstill. I also worry, like you, that I'll never be done editing. We writers make this writing gig so much more difficult than it already is. I say, whatever writing or editing you do, is all good. Maybe we should drop all "shoulds".

    xoRobyn

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    1. Well, then I suppose as long as we aren't saying "I did nothing today." That's a good thing, right? I write or edit every day. Of course, that includes blogging, but to me, that's still exercising the writing cells in the ol' brain!

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  42. Not yet, but I hope one day soon I am. Thanks for hosting IWSG.

    Happy Writing *snickers a little* and Editing?
    Juneta at Writer's Gambit

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  44. I can totally relate to this! I HATE editing, so end up putting that novel aside and starting a new one, because the bit i enjoy the most is the creating part, that first draft, all those ideas...LOVE IT. I have 3 novels finished and unedited and 1 novel unfinished. Who knows if any of them will ever get done lol

    Good luck honey xx

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    1. You summed up exactly what I think will happen with me. Writing is what I love to do. I absolutely dread editing. But, if I want to publish it, it won't happen unless it gets edited and I don't have the money to pay someone to edit it, so, yeah, I need to get it done.

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  45. Editor vs. writer? Interesting battle!
    I can only work on ONE project at a time (or so I've convinced myself... ) LOL
    Thank you for co-hosting the IWSG this month!
    Writer In Transit

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  46. I know that feeling of doing one thing while brainstorming for a different project. I think creative types tend to do that because maybe we need that extra stimulation. Or maybe that's just my subconscious mind's approach to dealing with the stress of the present WIP. Good luck if you decide to multi-task.

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    1. I wonder if it is our brains way of having us decompress a little bit and blow off steam by allowing us to get into that creative mode. I know when I'm feeling the crappiest, I write my best work. Strange but true. Thanks!

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  47. Torn... Well, I once nearly tore my editor limb from limb.... Does that count?

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    1. Totally counts, Blue. I'm glad you didn't though. Jail is not a fun place to blog from….

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  48. I frequently fight the same battle, I currently have a long list of needs editing and currently writing. I just can't settle to the editing process. Not helped since I had to walk away from my editor because he decided to get to emotionally attached to me. Not that he had done much editing for me since my first book got published as he was dealing with a lot of stuff in his own life. I feel lost, stuck in a rut. With no idea which way to turn so I really do know how you feel. I am happy to be another CP for you if you like. I'm not doing anything right now at any rate. Just frozen in place clueless as to which way to turn. :)

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      Be careful what you wish for! hahaha

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  49. This is a struggle for me. I have an ever growing list of ideas that have come in the midst of WIPs and I fear I will never work on them because they're no longer fresh. I tend to go with the most recent idea because that's what I'm thinking about. If only I could flip between two WIPs, but I would just get myself in a muddle. I guess you ask, do I want to be a published author? If so, then you have to give all your love and attention to your "eldest child" and ignore or placate those baby ideas somehow. Hmm, wish I could be of more help!

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    1. It's always the eldest child that get the attention. No wait, that's the baby. It's the ones in the middle that gets neglected. Which makes sense because I totally abandoned the self-help book I was writing. I need to back to that one. It would make sense to finish it up first because it's shorter. And, because I started writing to help people…hmmm, now I'm just confused again. Thank a lot, Nick. haha

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  50. I'm just going to go back into my editing cave and not think about all the WIPs. :)

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      Glad you came out for a bit to play with us blogger types for a bit!

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  51. Thanks for co-hosting! This is one of my biggest issues. I edit while I'm writing, and even when I finish writing, I could go over it 5 times and find something else to edit each time!

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    1. I wasn't paying attention to anything when I first started writing because I didn't know what to look for. Then I found my CP and all of that changed. The more I worked with him, the more I learned. So, the beginning of my book is a hot mess. The end, not so much. I just need to quit whining and get it done.

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  52. me thinks you are a perfectionist:) Thanks for visiting my blog and sorry to hear about your pain-it's a real pain in the A#! isn't it?:) I was very bad yesterday and with work I couldn't respond until now. I think you have to go over it as much as you can until the little angel on your shoulder says it is time. Perfectionists are never happy with the end result as they can always see what us mere non perfectionists can't. I am not a perfectionist. I say-it's good let's move on:) My hubby is a perfectionist with his art and he will destroy something if it is not to his liking. Once you have re-read and re-edited it many times, consider yourself ahead of so many who never ever even begin. The readers will not see all the imperfections you see so let us readers enjoy:)

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    1. Hmm, it's like you know me, Birgit. I can pretty tough on myself at times. I am my toughest critic. I also have a hard time believing that my writing is any good. Sure, people on Blogger are going to say, "You're great, you have so much talent." But, reviewers on Amazon, they'll be honest after they spent a mere .99 and tear you to shreds. My fragile ego can't take it! It has to be perfect! Gah!

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  53. Hi Elsie! New follower here. I agree with Fanny--don't let your work go to publish too soon. I regret my first book, honestly. I could have taken more time to get it to where I wanted it to be. I'm also an edit-aholic, like you :) I've re-written my first chapter of my current wip a good eight or nine times now, and still want to rewrite it again. I think, like you, I'm also trying to find that balance between editor and writer. Here's hoping we both find it soon! PS--sent you an email as well :)

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    1. Thanks for the email! Muchly appreciated, just like the follow! I really think it would crush me to find all sorts of mistakes after the novel was published. I definitely don't want to rush it. I think I may just set a deadline in my head to get the first draft complete. Then do the same for the second. That will give me the incentive I need.

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  54. That's a dilemma we all have. I always procrastinate on editing because I'm ready to move on to the next wip. At the same time, you can't let the new ideas swarming in your head escape...

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    1. It's always good to know I'm not alone in this dilemma. I think I'll put my newest idea on hold for a bit until the voice pipes up again. Hopefully she'll wait just a bit longer!

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  55. I think you can write all you want when you want Elsie I love how you write!!

    I wanna whish you a Happy mom's day!! Hope they celebrate you you deserved dear! xo

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    1. You're so sweet, Gloria! I appreciate your compliments more than you can possible know. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day too. Mine was great! Grilled and hung out with the kids. Loved it!

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  56. Hi Elsie,
    I only got one comment from you on my post, so no worries about over commenting :D My computer has done that before: deleted a comment that I KNEW I posted! Ah well...fickle technology. Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you for your wonderful comment. I appreciate it!
    Jen

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    1. Thank goodness. I thought I was loosing my mind - which isn't unusual for me haha Thanks for taking the time to let me know! Muchly appreciated it!

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  57. Gosh, I get that feeling too that something is not not just right ~ Have to keep on editing and editing then ~

    Wishing you Happy Mother's Day Weekend ~ Take care and thanks for your visits to my blogs (I know the challenges of keeping 2 blogs that someday I will shut this down too, ha )

    Grace

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    1. I printed mine out and am going through it page by page. I think it may be a bit overwhelming that way. It's like seeing my baby literally bleed. Gah!

      I hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day!!

      It was kinda hard to shut down the other blog. It's really still up but I just don't post to it anymore. Just like my first one. haha

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  58. Ah yes, the allure of the shiny new story!! I totally hear you; writing new stuff is so much more fun than revising. UGH. I've found that the only way to make sure it all gets done is to allot time for both - you know, 1 hour for new shiny fun stuff, the 1 hour for revisions, etc. Good luck!

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    1. Writing is waaaayyy more fun than revising. I think that's why editors make big money. Or at least I think they do. If they don't - they totally should. Your system is a really good system to have. It gives you a chance to get out those creative juices and still get editing done. Thanks!

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  59. Thank you for the look inside your head! I've taught writing to children - trying to help them harness their words into coherent ideas and trying to spark their creative selves. I see myself as more of someone who writes sometimes, instead of as a writer. Seeing your thoughts this month has given me a new understanding into the process of writing. Perhaps that will translate in my evolution as a better teacher and in my journey as someone who writes sometimes.
    Mary @ The View from my World

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    1. Is is strange to say I'm a bit flattered that I somehow inspired a teacher's lesson with my warped glimpse inside my head? I know, my ramblings are far from helpful, but hey, I'll take it! Thank you for teaching our youth. We need more people like you!

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  60. Glad I am not a writer or in any creative job for that matter. Solving problems or coming up with solutions is easy because you know for sure you can make it but these creative jobs nahh pain. You have to think different and make sure that jt is not that something you are recycling and write about which doesn't exist.all the while not losing the attention of losing the reader or audience. No. I can never do that.

    you are doing a great job in writing Elsie, you know how to keep your readers interesting and connected and entertained.

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    1. It's funny because I was in accounting and property management when I worked full time. Then I went back to school for web design/programming. Very black and white stuff. I hated to work in the greys but now, I love to tap into that creative side. It's like I lost it somewhere along the line as I got older and had kids. I don't know why. I'm just glad I found it again but it's so much damn fun to play in my strange brain! haha

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