Lesson Plan

Although I kept plenty busy, I took last week off from my work in progress because after I finished the first draft, it need a little time to get happy with itself, as Emeril would say.

My plan was to begin on the second draft today. However, as often happens in my life - or so it seems - time either flies by or gets stuck.

I won't be starting until Wednesday. Or so. I hope to begin before next Monday, but I need to finish another project first. One of the items on my to-do list for last week was to change something that had been bothering me for a month or so in the manuscript that's now in the query process.

It was nothing huge, just a little tinkering with something in the third chapter that wasn't doing what it needed to do. But it ended up becoming more involved than I thought it would, and I need more time to pull everything together again before I send more queries. And I need to send a couple more.

So after this is done, it will be time to get my desk rearranged for Edit Mode. Pull out my checklist, arrange all the notes and stickies that accumulated during the first draft into some sort of order. Clear a space to write in, because the first pass I make is hard copy. Have more stickies and index cards handy for more notes. For the next draft. And change out some of the CD's I have here for more instrumental ones.

And if I miss anything?

There's always third draft.


Terry Odell said…
And the fourth. And fifth.
Joanne said…
I find that when I'm between projects like you are, waiting to edit, it's a good time to clean up something else. Another work, or files on the computer that can be cleaned out, that sort of thing. Good luck on the upcoming queries! Fingers crossed for many requests ...
Laura Eno said…
You sound very organized. Good luck with the queries!
Carol Kilgore said…
Terry - So very true. And sometimes more.

Joanne - Instead of files on the computer, I tackled two nasty closets. Thanks for the good luck wishes.

Laura - In some things, yes. In others, I don't even know what the word means. Thank you for the good luck wishes, too.
I've done the same thing - tinker with a small problem that turns out to be more complicated than I expected, but I'm usually really pleased with the outcome. Good luck with the editing process.
It sounds like you have a plan. Plans are good. Plans keep us sane (or that's what the voices in my head tell me, anyway).
Helen Ginger said…
I love a writer with a plan. And I love stickies!

Straight From Hel
KarenG said…
This is the process I love the most! And when time or schedules cooperate, it's the absolute best. Hope you get positive response from queries!
cassandrajade said…
Yes, there is always another draft and another rewrite.
Wishing you luck.
Isn't it fun to start with fixing just the 3rd sentence or that one paragraph, and end up working on massive changes. Kind of a chain reaction effect. So, beware of that.

Best Wishes Galen.
Imagineering Fiction Blog
Carol Kilgore said…
Jane - I think I'm going to be pleased, too.

Elspeth - Do your voices know my voices? My plan has turned into a guideline, but it's still there.

Helen - Stickies are a writer's life ring.

Karen - Thanks - I hope so, too.

Cassandra - I think drafts are infinite.

Galen - Now you tell me!
Stephen Tremp said…
I'm always balancing writing with house tasks. It works well for me. I get a lot done. And my butt gets sore easy from too much sitting.

Stephen Tremp
Mason Canyon said…
Are you missing anything? Sounds like you need to remember to breath in between all of this. :) You've got a plan and it's in motion, so you're on the right track. Try to relax and go with the flow. Good luck.
Carol Kilgore said…
Stephen - I bounce up from here at least a hundred times a day, I'm sure. Sometimes I wonder how I ever get anything accomplished, much less written.

Mason - Sometimes I forget I have no control over anything but me. Not even my dogs. Especially not my dogs. Or my live-in handyman. Or anything else. I did switch out my CD's today!
Angela said…
You make me feel real happy that I do NOT attempt to write a book! As Mark Twain said, Why do I put half a year`s (only??) work in it if I can buy one for fifty cents (then) in a book shop?!!
I want to READ your finished book, Carol! And I`m glad you came to our meeting!
Southpaw said…
I guess the only final draft is the one we purchase from the bookstore.
Maryann Miller said…
Glad you like the editing and rewriting stage of the game. Not sure that I always do, but it is a thrill to take that ordinary sentence and make it better than ordinary.
Carol Kilgore said…
Angela - The instant I have a signed book contract, the world will know.

Southpaw - I think you're 100% correct.

Maryann - I do like the editing part, although toward the end when I'm really looking at every word, I'll admit I get a little bogged down with it from time to time.
Carol Burnside said…
Wow. It sounds like you've really got your process down. I'm envious. For me, it feels like every book has a different process. Maybe one of these days I'll hone it into something I'm comfortable with.
Kathy McIntosh said…
Your post sounded so very well-organized that I envied you, but your confession to jumping up from the desk helped me love you again, Carol!
Seems there's always another draft, but better that than the desk drawer.
Carol Kilgore said…
I have the process for this book. Mine have all been different, too. And although I have the plan, it never means that's how it will be. Real Life is alive and well in my house.