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What am I doing?

 I started working on the third draft of my work-in-progress, TAINTED FROST, even though I'm still not completely done with the second draft. I really want to finish the second draft no matter how crappy it is before I start on the third one. Maybe writing this blog post and telling the world about my failures will embarrass me into actually doing it. Sigh.

It's taking so long, and I wish I could write faster, but I think I will have to accept the fact that I will never be a fast writer. On the bright side, I do manage to write a little bit every day even if it's only 100 words or so. 

By the way, I am rewriting my first chapter AGAIN for the millionth time. I think I have rewritten it about 10 or more times already. What if I'm never happy with it? Then again, I still don't want to give up on this story.

I feel so lost. Sad face. 

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anabelgonzalez
Jul. 3rd, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm a slow writer too. Well mor eof a slow revising girl. I rewrite a lot!
You'll soon have a first chapter you love and end second draft!
maggie_writes
Jul. 3rd, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope so. Sometimes I think I'll never be happy with my writing.
b_karma
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
I stumbled onto your blog from Brenna Yovanoff's blog (I'm slightly obsessed with her high school stories) and I really like what you've written! I'm currently working on the second (or perhaps third) draft of my current WIP. I didn't actually finish the second draft (or perhaps it was the first draft) of the book either before starting on this current draft. But for me it worked better. If I'd kept going on my crappy first/second draft, I would never have found the beautiful new plot line that has totally revitalized the whole story for me. Not sure if that helps or not...my crit partner encouraged me to go this way and I'm really glad I did.

Anyway, good luck with your story! Do you have a crit partner? I've found mine really useful in telling me what to work on and what to put on the back burner...:)
maggie_writes
Jul. 5th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for wishing me luck! After I wrote this blog post, I actually started writing about a 1000 words a day. I think admitting my shortcomings to people (though I'm not sure how many people read this) gave me a stroke of inspiration. But I still have so many changes in mind for the third draft. It won't be a completely different book, but it will have significant changes. I think I really wanted to finish my second draft because I'm afraid that if I don't finish this, I won't ever finish my third draft either. But you're totally right that sometimes it helps to just scrap the crappy idea and move forward. Good luck on your WIP as well!

P.S. I love Brenna's high school stories :)
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