When I signed up for the Page a Day challenge I knew I wasn’t going to be working on just one novel or even just on pages for the novel. I didn’t realize I’d end up working on three different novels at the same time! That’s usually more than my pobre brain can handle!
I did four pages of free writing on my current WIP. When I free write I sit in front of a blank screen, type in the name of a character and write down everything I know about that person and how they relate to the other people in the novel. I love doing this. It helps me see the conflict between characters and figure out motivations for each person.
Additional pages written on WIP:
Rewrote three pages.
Wrote a whole new chapter (7 pages)
Wrote two more pages that I then turned around and cut.
Is a finished novel ever really done? I went back to the novel I’ve been querying and made changes from a beta reader, then started submitting the pages to RLGL. Then before turning in the pages for the Sudden Death round, I rewrote big chunks of story, that combined came to about three pages of new writing. It paid off. I won!! Lucky #102 🙂
From the Shelf
Then on a whim I decided to enter the Sourcebooks promo with an older book that has me stumped. I’m not sure what to do to make it better so I figured I should submit it for the critique. But when I read the opening chapter, it was clear why people rejected it. So I rewrote the first chapter to the tune of four completely new pages. (By the way, if you haven’t already entered this one, you should follow this link to check it out. It looks like they’ve extended the deadline to July 30. Everyone who enters gets feedback on their pages.)
Total number of pages on Day 23 of the challenge: 23 pages
I’m happy. I’ve been writing pages, not every day, but equal to a page a day. I’m moving forward and I can see my writing improving.
And did I mention that I won RLGL? Sweet!! 🙂
If you haven’t left a comment for your chance to win the Basket of Luck, make sure you do before midnight on Thursday. I’ll be announcing the winner on Friday. I can’t wait to send some good luck to one of my “lucky” readers!