New authors: Does you manuscript lack the 'fire' it needs to stand apart? Don't give up! Never trash those original ideas! Set them to the side and try again. You'll be surprised at how new ideas will begin to flow...you may even find yourself reaching for the original ms, pulling bits and pieces from it, and finding a way to make it shine! Old manuscripts are not necessarily bad ideas...just really well thought out musings!
|Book 1-A Heart Not Easily Broken - completed: all notes and handwritten ms.|
|Book 2- Jaded-editing: Original notes, scenes, new outline, 1st manuscript draft.|
|Book 3 - Lonely Heart- wip:Notes from original ms and current rough outline.|
As I went through the previous manuscripts, I discovered various portions of the original stories can be recycled. I've enjoyed fitting the 'pieces' from the 'old' and and putting them together with the 'new'. I've been able to do this without pulling out the original pages to refresh my memory of the tale being told.
|Book 4- Nobody's Business But My Own- planning:Notes, rough outline.|
|Book #5-Untitled- planning: Outlines, notes, scenes. Book 6 is still buried deep in my head!|
One thing you must remember: Don't get impatient or discouraged! From what I've learned from my own writing journey, and all of the other authors I've had the opportunity to meet along the way, the average time it takes to write a good story is at least one year. It seems like a lot, but think about the steps it takes to write a story:
- Create the basic plot. (goals, motivation, conflict)
- Design the location, backdrop, or world for the story to take place.
- Create the characters that will inhabit this world. (names, back story, goals, motivations)
- Research jobs, topic for the story, etc., so the story can be as realistic as possible.
- Write a story outline. (rough draft/final draft)
- Write first draft of manuscript.
- Read first draft, then write second draft, and third, and fourth, as many as it takes to get it as good as possible.
- Read manuscript again.
- Edit again.
- Wait for your beta reader/critique partners to read and send back their thoughts.
- Read/edit again.
- Eventually get work professionally edited/proofread.
- And yep, edit again (I swear this step never seems to end!!!)
- Eventually, when you look around, time has passed, and yep, a year has gone by!
Remember, with hard work, creativity, imagination, perseverance, and patience, a lot of patience...you'll make that original story become great. Good luck!!