A Little Accountability

I’ve been beta reading the NaNoWriMo project of my lovely friend the Drama Mama and it’s got me thinking. Whatever happened to my NaNo project? You know, the I wrote 50k words last November novel and then did nothing with it project. Yeah, that one.


So, here’s what happened.  After I finished, I decided to take a break.  My original decision was to take until March 1 and then start revisions.  I was pretty burned out after that month, and everything I’ve read says you really should get some space from your work so you can edit effectively.  So great, March sounds good.  Well, it’s now July.  And I’ve not done anything with it.

Why?  Okay, here’s my little secret.  I hate editing my own stuff.  There. I said it. I don’t like to edit my stuff. I don’t want to reread it and cringe at my word choices or the terrible story structure or the bad cliches. I just don’t like it.  I rarely edit.  Even this blog. I’ve started doing a cursory run through for typos, but that’s about it.  I don’t change paragraphs around or choose different words.  I don’t like doing it.

Another thing I don’t like, however, is not finishing things I start.  And I like my story.  It bugs me to know it’s just sitting there, doing nothing.  I think about it.  A lot. My characters tap my head every once in a while.  I need to finish it.  Even if it’s not publishable. Just to have the experience of the whole process, from first draft to polished as best as I can novel.

Plus, I want to write novels and no novel is ever written in just one draft. It just doesn’t happen for anyone.  So if I want to pursue that goal, I need to start editing.

So, I’m asking for a little help.  Bug me about it. Nag me. Pester me. Ask me how the revisions are coming. Keep me accountable.  The goal, completed first revision by August 1.  It’s going to need a major overhaul to get the structure in line and an extra 30-35k words.  But I know I can do it. I just need a little help from my friends.  Please?


On another note, I’m trying to get this blog organized also a little bit.  Slowly, but still trying.  So I’m going to try an editorial calendar for my posts, although all over the place, are at least on specific days. So you know which days you want to read and which days you’d rather skip (uh, none :) ).

So here it is:

Mondays and Wednesdays are the kidlets/family stuff. Funny stories, updates, pictures, that kind of thing.

Tuesdays will be green things. I used to do more of those and I want to do more.  So green living, vegan things, recipes, when I blog for Healthy Child Healthy World, green products I love. You get the idea. That will be Tuesdays.

Fridays are going to be Fiction Fridays.  Maybe I’ll post about my book, maybe books I’m reading that I love, maybe some Red Writing Hood stories.  But generally fiction things.

Thursdays will be free for all. Probably nothing most weeks, but if there’s something I want to post about and it doesn’t fit into one of the other areas, or if I want to post an extra day that week, it will be on Thursdays.

So there you have it.  I’m making plans and trying to stick to it.  And I’m asking for your help to keep me in line.

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  1. Moomser
    Twitter: moomser

    You and I would work great together as I can’t write fiction to save my life but edit like my life depends on it whenever I read anything, And I mean anything.
    Will start pestering, promise! And if you need a sounding board, write me, you’d really be making me happy!

  2. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    OK Missy, you need to get to work. You could be the next JK Rowling, the book needs to get finished. And not only bc I need a good book to read.

    Good luck with the editorial calendar. I tried it but decided it stifled my creativity. that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

    • Jessica Anne says:

      Oh, to be JK Rowling. I’d settle for a paid author though.

      We’ll see how the editorial calendar works, I’m not sure I can stick to it, but I’ll try.

  3. The Drama Mama
    Twitter: poopscoopinmama

    I would love to do for you what you are doing for me. For every section of mine you read, I’m going to hold you accountable for having edited/revised the same in yours, deal? Then, when you are ready, send it to me, and I will help you edit if you want. So, lets see, you’ve gone through what on mine? Take a break (since you are at that point in my story anyway, right?) Relax on my last few chapters and do some on yours. I want to read yours too!


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