Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Operation Novel: Commence Phase Two


When it happened, it took me by surprise: the end.  Of the novel I am writing.  I survived the story-licious journey I began in November, and I have reached the end.

Sort of.

Actually, I've reached a new beginning -- the beginning of Operation Novel Edit.  And I am terrified.  Because, as much as  insecurities and self-doubt threatened to stop my progress on the first draft, what kept me going is the knowledge that the first draft doesn't have to be good.  It just has to be

A second draft, however, has to be good.  Or get closer to being good.  Preferably a lot closer.  Which means that, while the writing itself was hard, I'm entering the even more difficult editing phase.  Editing is going to require talent and finesse, which I am not sure that I have.  Although that is probably my inner you-can't-do-it un-cheerleading squad talking.  I hope.  While I've written several full first drafts in my time, I have never edited any of those drafts to completion.

Until now.  Again, I hope. 

Wish me luck, blog friends.  I am venturing into uncharted waters, and the possibility of imminent drowning feels all too real.

To keep myself feeling creatively robust, I have launched some new personal photography projects.  You can check those out on the blog's new Photography tab.   I'm only about a week into these year-long projects, but I'm loving them.  I've attempted these projects in the past, and it feels so good to get back into the daily photography groove.  Also, it's nice to have the photos to reflect on (and use on the blog!).  In 2010 I barely took any photos in comparison to the thoroughly documented previous years.  I love having a record of my life, even if I'm the only one who ever sees it.  What a gift!

Are you working on any creative projects?  I'd love to hear about or see some of your creations!


  1. Lindsay and James CoFebruary 9, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    best of luck! You can do this. Its shaping you more and more each day. :)LC

  2. This is soooooo fantastic. Like I said on Facebook, I'm so very proud of you. It's such an exciting thing! I know what you mean, about the daunting feeling that editing means it has to actually get better…but, while that's true, that doesn't mean this will be your last, final, perfect draft! I mean that to be encouraging, haha—don't let your un-cheerleader paralyze you! I'll try to counteract her, anyway. :) *pulls out pom poms* *slips on cheerleading outfit* YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!

  3. I think it's awesome that you are on phase two of your novel. That's a big accomplishment. =) Just keep pushing yourself through it. You wrote it once, now you can make it even better. You can do it!

  4. Good luck! Focus on a sense of accomplishment for finishing phase one and just keep remembering how awesome you'll feel after phase two is complete. You can do it!

  5. Great going, Beth! I've been dragging my feet on my editing, but I think I'll jump in now and keep you company.And next time those un-cheerleaders start chanting, smack them with your fuzzy poi. Repeatedly, if necessary. ;)

  6. You got this beth! The hardest part is over! Editing is just kind of blah, you already did the superhero part! Find new ways to keep your motivation going and just keep pluggin away at it, and you'll be a novelist in no time!


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