Last week, I worked through the copy-edits on THE CAGED GRAVES and mailed the manuscript back to the publisher. I know there’s still proof-reading to go, but this is one step closer to FINISHED! It was so exciting to see the book worked over to the point where it’s shiny and polished and elegant!
My book looked like this:
But then I had to turn back to my WIP, and it looked like this:
Unformed. Messy. Ugly.
I wanted to hide my face and run away.
It’s hard to remember that THE CAGED GRAVES once looked like that. In fact, it would be easy to convince myself that it NEVER looked like that and this manuscript I’m working on is a colossal failure.
Anybody who’s been around my blog for awhile knows I’m a pantster. And that I hate first drafts. Outlining doesn’t help. My characters refuse to follow orders.
But I love revision. (Even when I moan and whine about them, I love revisions.) Because revisions are what turn the Gangers (Doctor Who, Season 6) into Jean Harlow and Clark Gable.
First drafts are allowed to be ugly and unformed. And sometimes one of the hardest things to do is face the ugly and keep working at it, especially after you’ve spent time hanging out with elegance.
What does your WIP look like right now?