OMG… REWRITE HELL IS WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW!!! Yeah, I’m not really sure that is a thing, but right about now I am looking at my 6-week deadline/goal/challenge to get my book rewrites done and the e-book on the market… HAA HAA HAA! I seriously underestimated the extent to which my life would try to jump in and screw things up!
WORK | FAMILY | THEATRE | PETS | HOUSE WORK | GYMNASTICS | BIRTHDAY PARTIES | COOKING | THE LIST GOES ON….
These are just a few of the things that got in the way of me actually doing what I wanted and needed to do this week!
Okay, so here is my WEEK ONE IN REVIEW UPDATE:
Well, one week down and five to go! No, if you’re wondering, I don’t sound happy about that. Week one did not go at all like I had hoped. You see the task for week one was:
- Week 1 – Reread the book and all editor’s notes
Did I complete week one’s task? NO! Am I going to give excuses and bitch and moun about why I didn’t complete my task? YOU BEAT I AM!
Well, for starters, work (my real job – and not just the fun pretending like I’m making a living as an author job) was CRAZY busy this week. I actually worked over my regular 8 hour shift EVERY DAY! Yes, and then I had theatre rehearsal Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday… not to mention there was one day when I was so sick/tired that I fell asleep on the couch sometime in the early evening and didn’t really wake up until the next morning (at some point I did wake up enough to talk to my husband, kiss the kids good night, and crawl into bed). Saturday was Up early – Cleaning – 1 Hour of Reading – Cooking Breakfast – Gymnastics – Birthday Party #1 – Cooking and Cleaning – Birthday Party #2 – Home to Bed!
So, over the course of the week I was able to put in a whooping total of 4 hours of reading in! Yup, you read that correctly – 4 HOURS! Did I finish the book? NO, I am an extremely SLOW reader – for pleasure and work! However, if I am honest with myself I am pretty impressed with the fact that I did get through 140 of the 250+ pages. So, I am over half way done, and not only did I read the first 140 pages I also was able to work through many of the editor notes (fixing issues, rewriting sentences, etc.) as I went along. So far there have been no major edits/editorial notes that will lead me to rearranging chapters (THANK YOU GOD!), and therefore I feel confident that moving into week 2 I can continue on the same path I am on now, and still end up right where I need to be for week 3!
Do I want to scream? YES
Why? Because today is the first day of week 2 and I had no time to read – none – nil – nought – zero – zilch – zip – You get the picture right? Yeah, if today is any indication as to how the rest of the week is going to be I just might be pulling my hair out by Sunday. And, trust me… my hair is my best feature – If I lose that, there will be little else to admire.
So once again here is the plan:
- Week 1 – Reread the book and all editor’s notes – (YEAH, THAT DIDN”T GO AS PLANNED)
- Week 2 – Outline changes, rearrange chapters (if needed) based on editor’s notes – (NOT REALLY GOING TO NEED TO OUTLINE CHANGES AND REARRANGE CHAPTERS – I WILL JUST USE THIS WEEK TO FINISH THE REREAD!)
- Week 3 – Rewrite cover to cover
- Week 4 – Reread the book for content, timeline, character motivation
- Week 5 – Reread the book for edits: grammar, spelling, etc.
- Week 6 – Final changes, format, upload, and publish
So, after week one – are you still ready to take this journey with me? Come on, it will be fun! Check in next Monday to see how wild and crazy week two gets!
This has got to be the most hyperactive post I’ve ever read.
Still, procrastination sucks. I’ve got the same problem you have. Too little time to get anything done. Mind you, I do get to write at lunch when I remember to. Problem is, my memory sucks.
Wow, a little judgmental? Normally I would take the “hyperactive” comment as a mean spirited dig (as I am sure you intended it) but I won’t today. You see, I don’t pretend to be anything I’m not in my blog, and yes – I can be hyperactive. I have a lot of energy – I have to, I’m a mom. But, beyond that I have a lot of goals/passions/dreams in life and not a lot of time to spend on them. So, here – in my blog I just lay it all out on the table. This is my purge zone, for lack of a better term, when it comes to my writing. Last week was not as productive as I had hoped… so I purged! It wouldn’t be much fun to read a blog about the process of writing, editing, and publishing a book if all I gave you was the “chocolate and roses” version. So, I give it all, even the gory guts and I hope you stick with me and enjoy the ride as much as I do.
Huh? No! I’m not being critical in the slightest. I myself am incredibly hyperactive. I’m so sorry if I made you think that.
Maybe I should use a winky face next time…
I think it was more the *Slow Clap* that gave you the critical edge… But, no worries, I myself have been known to be critical and intimidating. At least that is what people tell me… a lot lately. Not something I try to do and not something I am proud of, but I guess hearing it so much lately it must be true. Maybe that is why I am hearing a critical edge to everything and everyone else around me lately…
Okay, I have shared to much. Have a wonderful happy day… I hope you stop by and visit my site again, and please don’t be afriad to post comments again. I love the feedback – good and bad.