Lately, I've been feeling like the revisions on my current novel are taking forever. Guess what? I checked my notes and discovered I started writing the first draft last March. So, I've actually only been working on this project for a year (plus probably a few months where the idea floated around in my head and on the pages of my notebook).
Wow! That's hardly any time compared to my first novel. It took five years before I reached the feeling that I'd completed it, or didn't know what else to do. I must be learning something.
Sometimes it can be encouraging to step back and look at the bigger picture. I often get caught up in the day-to-day details of writing, which have so many ups and downs. Sometimes a lot of downs. But a little over a year seems pretty reasonable for writing and revising a novel. Now I'm inspired to get my revisions finished!
Here are my goals for April:
1. Finish revisions on Novel #4.
2. Polish Novel #4. The feedback I'm getting from critique buddies suggests it might be ready to start subbing soon.
3. Write a query, pitch sentence and synopsis for Novel #4.
4. Oh yeah. And definitely decide on which title I'm going to use.
How is your writing project coming along? Have you ever found inspiration from looking back at what you've accomplished? What goals do you have for the coming month?