Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's a Little Tough

I wrote my rough draft in two months this past fall. Somehow I had this idea that my rewrite would happen quickly, too. Now this rewrite is a COMPLETE rewrite. I am writing the book again from scratch...and being much less sloppy about it...and feeling discouraged at how slow the process is.

I did have a second child in between drafts one and two, but it's not so much the time I lack, although I wish I had more. I put in an hour or two of writing every night after my children are asleep, but I may get a page or a paragraph or a sentence. (Usually it's a REALLY good sentence.)

And after a few months of writing this way, I only have about a quarter of my book. Writing can be just little discouraging, as I'm sure you all know. I mean, you never really get how hard writing is until you are there. It's hard! And time consuming! If I worked as a nurse during all the hours I have put toward writing, I'd have much neater things.

So if you would please send me some of your productivity. Just enough that you won't miss. I'd be very grateful.


  1. Productivity headed your way! (though I'm not known for my productivity these days, either)

    The hardest part of the whole writing process, for me anyway, is patience. Hang in there, Jessie! :-)

  2. Good luck with the rewrite. Just the fact that you are doing a total rewrite says worlds about your drive!

  3. I feel your pain, my friend. I really do. It can be very frustrating to spend an hour on the computer only to produce one paragraph. But I've SO been there. And while I'm usually happy with that paragraph, I sure wish they happened faster!

    Anyway, keep up the good (albeit slow) work. :)

  4. This is the post I'm going to point everyone to who tells me (after I say I'm an author). "Oh I have some great ideas for a book. I've always wanted to write."

    Yeah. Go ahead. Try it. It ain't easy. :)

    But YOU can do it!! LOVE on those perfect sentences, and know there are more in there somewhere.

    The great thing about writing is that it isn't a race. Books aren't going anywhere. Take your time, and write a really good one. I believe you can!

  5. Buck uppage headed your way. I know what you're going through. It's hard, but you just have to keep plugging away.

  6. Shannon-I'll take it! Yes, patience I know. There is no immediate gratification in this business.

    Patti-I agree, having someone looking over my shoulder cheering me on would definitely boost me up. A Validator. I'll have to look into getting me one of those.

    Paul-My rough draft was just that bad :)

    Renee-Yes those paragraphs are bought with sweat and tears! But they usually are pretty dang pretty.

    Heidi-I keep telling myself that it is not a race. And that's true. I have a eensy bit of a timeline, however, because I think my premise will expire in about two years.

    Lois-Oh thanks, between you and Shannon, I'm pretty sure I can get a good 1000 words tonight.

  7. I'm constantly amazed how you guys with kids manage to write at all. I struggle to sort myself out long enough to write, so my hat's off to you.

    At least you're focused. I've started six stories since I finished my last ms in December but I haven't finished one. So, I'll trade you some productivity for some focus. Deal?

  8. Jessie, I am so SLOW. I know how you feel. I feel like I've been just about done with my second draft forever, but I really am going to finish it this month. ;)

    My third draft is going to fly. Right?

  9. awww i know what you mean. sometimes it seems like there are just never enough hours in the day for more than one or two (if we're lucky!) perfect sentences. i guess the difference between successful and unsuccessful writers though, are the ones who keep pushing no matter what. hang in there! i really hope everything works out for you!

    best of luck with everything, and a boatload of productivity is headed your way!! :D

  10. You may have some of mine, but be careful, it seems to be heading in reverse lately. ;) Hang in there!

  11. Don't you dare go stealing all the productivity in the world. I need some too! :) I think some times are better than others. I go through ups and downs. You'll get your groove back.

  12. Tahereh-Ooh, thank you. Your productivity I'll definitely take. Looks like you snagged an agent. :)

    Jenn-I hope not. I want to see more Teenage Zombie.

    Kasie-I keep thinking I'll get back into a speedy groove. I hope it comes soon!

    SR-Thanks for the encouragement!

  13. Oh, I know! It's so frustrating. But it does make those productive days/weeks/months even more delicious!