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From Manuscript to Published Work: A Mindful Progress Report Journal - week 1, post 1

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Hello Friends!


Iíve heard that one great way of staying on track and accomplishing your goals is to share them with other like-minded folks who can help keep you accountable to what youíve planned. Not that I expect or am looking for that degree of commitment from any readers here (in fact, it would be overwhelming), just the idea of reporting my progress seemed beneficial enough. Who knowsómaybe it will help some other writers accomplish their goals?


This coming week will be the first, fully committed week that I will embark on this journey of rewriting a story I set aside about twelve years ago. While not my first choice as my first published work, it has one major benefit: it is a complete, novel-length manuscript. At 90k words, I think it is short for the genre (fantasy). If I make a to-do list, rediscovering what the industry standard for length for my genre and intended audience will have to be at the top.


Why is it not my first choice for publication? It is a fantasy novel. Pigeonholing myself as a fantasy novelist is not my intention; selling a work of fiction is. Actually, itís become something of a household joke. Iíve been writing for years; what have I to show for it? Not much. Thereís an old saying that goes, ďif you keep doing the same thing, expect the same results.Ē Or, something like that. If I want to sell what I write, then itís pretty obvious I canít keep doing the same thing Iíve always done. And I certainly havenít been, seeing that Iíve taken a four-year hiatus from writing for grad school. Still, I am a little upset at choosing a fantasy as my first novel for publication.


The other complaint Iíve run into is, if itís a novel-length manuscript, then why do you feel so compelled to rewrite it? Easy. Itís awful. Donít get me wrongóthe idea is great, itís justÖsome, well, most of the writing itself has a lot to be desired. From the little I made myself read of it, oh does it need more than editing to solve all its woes! (If you picture how the fifth-grader looks at his little third-grade brotherís homework, youíre getting the picture.) One thing Iíll work on is
the argumentation. What I mean by this is I now see a more clear way to say what Iíve said and how that works to streamline the entire story. Iím anticipating these changes resulting in at least a 20k word decrease which, in turn, will allow greater development of its currently shabby B-storyline.


I picture the tasks I have before me will be fairly orderly. Already Iíve mentally re-outlined the manuscript. (This was a great activity to do on a long car rideóhence, why it wasnít written down.) This week Iíll be writing out the outline as I remember it, complete with the changes I made in the car. I have large drawing paper for diagramming and brainstorming, a voice recorder on hand, and a planner for scheduling my time. Sure, there was a time when everything I wrote was completely organic, but letís face it. How I approached it before never did get me published, did it?


What I would like to do here with the blog is to pop in once in a while and post updates on my progress. (Okay, so I still struggle with making a time commitment, even for once a week!) Sadly, I have no intention of sharing the work online at this time. Therefore, what Iíll be writing about is the process. What worked? What didnít? That kind of thing. So, until I have something more of interest to report, tallyho! Itís off to the laptop I goÖ


Megan


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