6 Things I Learned Writing And Editing A Novel In Six Months

I’m pretty sure I’ve never done a ‘list-cicle’, so here we go my first and last … list!

Heh, the bastards are never really ‘DONE’ though, are they?

Mrs Widds and I will do a basic line edit/read-through, and then … depending on whether we find any clangers, it’s FORMAT TIME.

Here’s my list …

1 – I can write 2000+ words a day, (in a couple of hours sometimes!!!) and still have a life, and a relationship.

2 – I can write when I don’t have a clue what’s going to happen next, but trust that it will all make sense by the end. (and it did!)

3 – I can write when I have a migraine, vertigo, a migraine, sciatica, a migraine, an allergic reaction to the Covid vaccine, a migraine, emergency dental work, arthritic joints, (looking at you, knees) a migraine …

4 – I can write during a 42°C soul-crushing heatwave

5 – I can write when I’m So. Fucking. Exhausted. From #2 that I can barely focus.

6 – I am a Writing Titan!

Bonus – Always, always, keep a print copy. Always.

Always

Always

Extra Bonus – and apropos of nothing in particular, I found Lawrence of Arabia on YouTube.

34 comments on “6 Things I Learned Writing And Editing A Novel In Six Months

  1. Congrats! (No way could I write in that heat!!!)

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    • Widdershins says:

      I used to turn on our little portable A/C when the temp was around 26C … but during that horrible heat, I changed the thermostat settings so the poor thing wouldn’t expire, and was very happy to be enjoying a balmy 32C … it’s all relative, eh? 😀 …of course, I’m back to grumbling about it being 29C-ish today! 😀

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  2. It’s all true. Great post.

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    • Widdershins says:

      Thanks 😀 … I feel like a bit of a lost sock (in the washing machine of life) right now, after such an intense time, but book 2 is already taking shape … so it’s a couple of days to breathe, then working on the line editing and book 2 at the same time.
      My plan is to be comfortable doing both by the end of the next six months … rinse and repeat! 🙂

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  3. quiall says:

    I always knew you were a superhero! (You do know you have 2 #2s don’t you. You just wanted to see if anybody was paying attention!)

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  4. Wow! You can write through anything!

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  5. I know you can write – but can you with 2 X 2 count?

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  6. Amazing when you think about it!

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  7. Kate Duff says:

    Well done on the writing – it is so easy and enormously difficult! Which vaccine did you have? I was good with the first dose but the second gave me a reaction – didn’t last long though and I’m so relieved and grateful to be done and dusted with that.

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  8. TanGental says:

    That might explain why your reference to #2 in #5 didn’t seem to make as much sense as it would if it was #3 which may have been the previous #2 only it wasn’t. Yep the bastards are never done.
    PS you do have superpowers, it is proven by oven writing. Better woman than me, WonderWidd

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    • Widdershins says:

      Heh, heh, heh 😀 … we confuses them we does, my preciousss.
      Doing it once is bloody fantastic, now I get to prove I can be consistent with it. 🙂 The challenge for the back half of the year. 😀

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  9. Congratulations! That’s a great list. 🙂

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  10. acflory says:

    -giggles- you’re a demon! How dare you put us all to shame? Seriously, I don’t know how you did it. If they ever bottle it, I want some. Good luck with the editing. 🙂

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    • Widdershins says:

      I think the hardest part was trusting that it was that easy! 😀 … we’re a weird species, us humans. 😀

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      • acflory says:

        I suspect it was a bit more than that though. I think the story was in you, maybe percolating for years before something triggered you to start writing. Yes?

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        • Widdershins says:

          Mots of my stories come from a single scene that rattles around in my head for a few days, and then I go ‘what ‘if’ from there.
          Not this one. I had the title, then the time/era (1920’s-ish) and I literally sat down and wrote the first chapter without having a single idea what would happen next. Then, all I had to do was build on that first chapter until it was done!
          It was the weirdest process, I tell you. 🙂

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          • acflory says:

            Did you never hit a blank wall? I’m a pantster hybrid but I hit walls all the time. Maybe you really do have a Muse peering over your shoulder. 😉

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            • Widdershins says:

              I see my stories like a movie, and when I hit a wall, I focus down on the minutiae of what the characters might be doing/thinking/planning, etc in that moment of ‘wall-dom’. I write down what I’m ‘seeing’, until something clicks/my brain makes a connection/ I can see the next scene, and off I go again.
              Very little of that ‘minutiae makes it past the first draft, but it keeps my fingers moving on the keyboard, which, I’ve discovered during this process, is what worked.
              In previous stuff I’ve hit walls that derailed me for sometimes weeks, sometimes permanently, but I didn’t hit a single wall writing like this. It was revelatory!!! 😀

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  11. You’re a writing machine! I don’t know how you accomplished #3, but you did. Congrats!

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    • Widdershins says:

      The heat was definitely the worst, I owe our little portable A/C a huge debt of gratitude. 🙂 … closely followed by the migraines. If they weren’t too bad I’d just wait for that ‘cracked glass’ vision to clear, kick back a couple of painkillers and keep going!
      I don’t know what happened, what switch got turned on, or off … but somehow, nothing else really mattered enough to intrude.
      I suspect that if I’d broken my hands I would’ve used a stick in my mouth to keep on typing! 😀

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