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How to Write a Novel in Six Months, Week 21 Drafting Update: I Did It!
I did it! I actually completed the first draft of my novel! I’m now the proud owner of 314 pages of fiction. (I haven’t actually printed it yet, but it’s here on my computer!) It’s a strange thing completing a first draft. I thought I would feel all excited, but the exclamation points aren’t coming. Maybe it’s because I know it needs so much work, or maybe it’s because I didn’t have the mental energy to do justice to the last few scenes, or maybe I just have some personal issues with not being able to celebrate my successes! (Ooh- there’s one!)
Regardless I’m happy it’s completed and looking forward to the revisions!
Capitalizing on Strengths
As I think about my novel I know there are some big areas that need work. It can get overwhelming in a hurry. However, I was in a class last week that had nothing to do with writing when I learned something very important to apply to my novel. We all have strengths and weaknesses, and to operate at our full potential, we’ve got to leverage the strengths. We must ‘accentuate the positive’. But what about those weaknesses? Don’t we have to overcome them? Sort of. Or we could just make do.
There’s a lot of wisdom to the view that we don’t need to completely turn our weaknesses around, we just need to improve them to the point they no longer hold us back. The idea is that our energy is better spent making even more of our strengths than in trying to master something that’s just not in the cards for us.
So that’s my new attitude about revision. I need to spend some time fixing the areas that would be deal breakers to publishers or agents, and then move on to polishing.
You Can Do It Too!!!
Okay, here’s where the exclamation points come in! I know, know, know that if I can do this, so can you. It’s simply a matter of mind over matter! If writing a novel is something you want to do, I’m here to prove it’s not impossible. If you need moral support, read through the series and feel free to ask for advice. I’ll help you any way I can.!