In my WIP “The Twin Arrows”, Drewin and his sister go on a long journey. This April I went with them!
As of last Tuesday–I won Camp NaNoWriMo!!! *happy dance* I made my goal of revising 10k words in one month. 😉 This is a big milestone for me since I’m very bad at getting to and sticking with revising. I’m so happy to be this far in the process! And isn’t it just geekily gorgeous that the arrow on my stats turned gold when it hit the bulls-eye? I feel so Maid Marian or something. 😛
It was looking like I wouldn’t make my goal in that writer’s block plagued second week, but I pulled through thanks to the very encouraging ladies in my cabin. (And their great ideas.) 😉 When I finished the last few hundred words of my manuscript and validated, they gave me some sweet congratulations.
Even though my manuscript was officially done on Wednesday, I decided to do a bit more editing since I had the time. 😉 Following the advice of this brilliant article, I used the search tool to find unnecessary or overused words (and change the spelling of one character’s name). The word to win the prize was definitely “that”. I didn’t know I used it so much until I found 72 instances! *holds head* I was able to cut them down by half, and I’m confident my sentences are a lot stronger for it. 😉
My manuscript shrunk by 100 words, but it still needed work. I’d heard some about editing with a Kindle and use it to beta-read longer works, so I decided to give it a try. Only the Kindle was busy for awhile, because my two youngest sisters were eagerly devouring my draft. 😉 It was very special to get their enthusiastic feedback.
I promise I was as hard on myself as I am on all the authors I beta-read for. 😛 It worked well to see my story as a whole and find more typos in a different format. And less hours at the computer = win, win. 😀
I think I could really go on forever editing and editing and editing this manuscript; but thanks to this article, I’ve decided to implement my Kindle edits (and a few ideas from a sister) then hand it to beta-readers. I’m contacting possible people today, so pray for me that it works out!!! 😀
How was your Camp NaNoWriMo experience? Did you make your goal? Will you be doing it again in July?