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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Newbie Mistake #7

It's a series on Advice to Newbie Writers. This will last a while. Enjoy.

Newbie Mistake #7 ~ Live and Learn

Over several years—before I started my self-publishing journey—I tinkered with the idea of being a full-time writer. I would play with a story until it began difficult then jump to another. As I continued on, I eventually starting writing a single novel and sticking with it until finished.

However--and it's a big HOWEVER--even after I began this "start and go to finish", I had one novel that I continually played with, writing the whole thing in pieces.

Jigsaw puzzle pieces.

Which also had a major problem called "VERSIONS of the SAME SCENES". This is not good, people.

Some scenes had over SIX versions.

Pulling that MS together was a nightmare. I am still happy with the final manuscript, but for weeks I pulled my hair out trying to bring everything together into a cohesive story and trying to meld those different versions of a single together to create a coherent scene.

The FIX :: When I decided to publish another early MS written as bits and pieces of scenes over several years, I did not want to repeat that long summer of writing horror. So, to approach the revision, I didn't try to pull the scenes together.

I knew what the scene needed then skimmed the old scenes for ideas and ... I wrote completely new words and shredded the old as each scene finished.

I finished that book in less than six weeks as opposed to three months.

IN AUGUST, we'll look at Newbie Mistakes that I didn't Make, on the 5ths (5 / 15 / 25).

Come on in. The water's fine.

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