Starting from Scratch? – Eeek!
Why hello blank page!
After finishing my first manuscript, I was overwhelmed with a sense of completion and pride. I wanted to skip around, boogie, shout from mountaintops, you know, the usual…
Within my initial elation, I decided that every willing victim that I could fine, should read the manuscript to give me some feedback. Thank you all for putting up with this! However, the responses were really positive! I was pleased that I’d been so willing to share the story and have so much friendly feedback. There was some constructive criticism as well, apparently I rush through the chapters too quickly – but then I wanted to create momentum. However, after further reading and advice, I’ve reached the conclusion, yet again – that I’m not done yet.
Noooooo, I thought! I’ll admit that it took me a few weeks to get my head around re-visiting the manuscript, again. But I’ve now settled on the realisation that the manuscript needs a new beginning, one that sets the scene and the world more clearly. I’ve started work on this, but it’s frightening to approach a blank page, especially knowing that it’s got to tie back in with a massive weight of work that has gone before. I feel like I’m writing towards a road block, that once I am able to join a new beginning to the old story, I’ll run out of momentum. However, I am determined to keep going, the entire manuscript needs another, more thorough edit but I feel confident that this time, I know what I’m doing. I have an aim in mind.
Wish me luck!
- Get a New Perspective When You Revise Your Manuscript (joanyedwards.wordpress.com)
- Finally, I’ve Started the Novel Editing! (dthomasminton.com)
- The Book is Ready (swedishmaggie.wordpress.com)