TO SHELVE OR NOT TO SHELVE A DRAFT?I've always believed resting the rough draft of a novel was an important step in the writing process. I rested every single one of my books between rough and second drafts, until last year when I took Liftoff from rough to second to third to edited and revised drafts in several months.
My critique group, beta readers, and my editor all helped me polish it and make it a decent read. It never had a full rest, because even when it was in the hands of my editor, I was thinking about it.
I believe that the project itself, or the writer's relationship with that project, determines how long the draft needs to be shelved. I still have many shelved drafts. MANY.
But then, there are short projects that I've written and sent out into the world without any rest at all. Those projects are sometimes just as successful, or sometimes more successful than the ones I "rested" between drafts because sometimes (often), I revise things into a corner. I did this recently with book 2, cutting so much that the third draft didn't make as much sense, which meant I had to put stuff back in.
And that leads me to...
WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM PODCASTING
What I learned from this podcasting experience:
- Deadlines work.
- Work I dawdled over was not any better than work I created in a short, intense burst.
- Having good tools/tech is helpful, but it is possible to work with less and still do a good job.
- Scheduling helps (see deadlines above).
- Short bursts of writing/recording/speaking work for me.
- Authenticity in a podcast is just as important as "professionalism" especially when one is sharing an experience, or faith-based thought.
- I really like podcasting, even if I still haven't added in any sound effect frills yet.
Other News and Notes:
The IWSG Science Fiction Anthology from our contest last year Dark Matter: Artificial is out!
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Discover dark matter’s secrets…
What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?
Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!
Website - IWSG Anthologies
Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies / Space Exploration / Genetic Engineering
Print ISBN 9781939844828
EBook ISBN 9781939844835
Print and eBook:
Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Barnes and Nobel
And, next up, the IWSG Annual Anthology Contest for 2021
Genre: Sweet Romance
Theme: First Love
Submissions accepted: May 7 - September 1, 2021
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group. You must belong to at least one aspect of the IWSG to enter.
Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.