Editing? Editing.

My editing is crawling along. It’s not at a stand still though, so that’s a plus. I’ve been taking screenshots of my upward (downward?) progression regarding word count to help me keep track of how many words I’m deleting and how many scenes I’m removing.

My first drafts tend to be a bit ramble-y because I work best when I’m simply letting my fingers fly instead of pondering each word. I thought I cleared up most of that in the next five drafts, but apparently I didn’t…

WLHYL is currently undergoing major cuts in the seventh draft and then, Lord willing, I’ll be adding a new plot line during the eighth draft. During this seventh draft… yikes, I have a lot to work on. Such as cutting out another 15,000 or so words. Gulp.

My inspiration has been lagging a bit recently. I think it’s a combination of many things… A messy office, a busy life, a four month break from excessive typing (due to a wrist injury), and not reading enough. Plus, working so hard to delete the words and scenes I’ve spent the past two years creating and perfecting and pouring my life into. 

I’m not worried though. In fact I’m rather excited. Now that I’ve discovered why my inspiration is acting like a turtle stuck in a sea of caramel sauce, I’ve begun my plan of extracting my reptile-like creativity from it’s sticky surroundings. (Confession time: I thought turtles were amphibians, but I just now checked and sadly they aren’t.) 

I plan to document my creativity and inspiration building venture so y’all can come along on the journey with me. This is going to be a lot of fun, y’all. 

What are some ways you get inspired or refuel your creativity? 

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9 thoughts on “Editing? Editing.

  1. JonatHannah Rudolph says:

    When I lose my creativity, I have a few things I do…
    1. Take a walk because being outside in the fresh air or rain or any other kind of weather often sparks the creative part of me.
    2. Go to the library and find a new book to read…creatively written books often spark creativity of my own!
    3. Just go and do something other than what I've been doing. 😉
    4. Start rearranging things in my house
    5. Start writing and try to come up with ways to use common cliches that make people think about what that word picture would actually look like in real life or tweak the words in a common cliche so they mean something else- because I think it's fun to 'think outside the box'
    …and more. Sometimes I take a nap. 😀 I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject!


  2. Aidyl Ewoh says:

    Oh! I like those ideas. Your list actually sounds pretty similar to my list… Only mine continues going on and on. I'm having fun thinking up a blog series regarding creativity and inspiration. I'll hopefully post more about it next week. 🙂


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