IWSG: Lock and Key

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Happy New Year! Yay for a new year, new goals, and new beginnings. To start mine off right, I've given myself the deadline of next Friday to finish my monstrous edit. IT. CAN. BE. DONE!
*Starts another pot of coffee*

That said, I'm still editing. I know...longest edit EVER. But I'm getting there! And it's going to be amazing.

Problem is, I've had to let my WIP sit. And sit. And sit. Which is what you're technically supposed to do per editors and agents. Hell, even the great Steven King advises to lock up a newly finished MS for a few weeks - allow it to ferment a bit. Yeah, I've never adhered to that rule. When I finish a MS, I'm right at it with the editing knife, cutting away. So this is going to be an interesting exercise. I'm already finding myself less tortured over the changes that need to be made. I'm more calm. More collected over the work ahead of me. And best, extremely motivated to get my hands on it.

Who knows, maybe good old Mr. King knows a thing or two about this writing gig.

Time will tell if it works for me. I'll be sure to report back.

What do you do? Let your bright and shiny MS rest? Or do you jump right into the editing massacre? 

 *Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting IWSG - a monthly blog hop where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!*

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  1. Hey! So good to hear your edit is going well. You're almost there. Which means...I can almost get to read it (unsubtle hint there). As for me, I tend to let my MSs sit for a while. I get distracted by new and shiny ideas way too easily lol. I've just about finished my edits on my newest WiP, and I've actually started another one. Can't wait to see where it leads!

    Best of luck for 2014, my friend! I know we're going to have this!

    1. It will be in your inbox by next weekend...hopefully ;) And, yeah, it totally makes sense to let it sit for a while. So this is why I should listen to people who know what they're talking about?!

      Best of luck to you too lovely! We are so doing this publishing thing in 2014!!!

  2. I try to let mine sit 6-8 weeks to macerate in its own juices and as you said, so I'll be able to read it with slightly more distance. Actually I'm envious of you getting to edit, that's more "fun" for me than writing sometimes, especially with my current WIP which frightens me with its potential to be awesome or horrendously bad.

    1. Funny you mention being frightened by a WIP. I am terrified of my next idea. It's almost too big, but I'm up for a challenge (I hope). And yeah, it will end up amazing or horrible...depending.

      Editing? Fun? Not so much for me. I enjoy the writing part. Editing is tedium to me. Torture. It's the creating I'm in love with.

  3. Glad to hear the editing is going well with minimal soul-damage! Sounds like you are approaching it exactly right. All the best to you!

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  5. I just read S. King's book on writing. It's genius. I'll be doing everything he suggests :) I came here via Jerry's blog.

  6. Just popped by from Jerry 's blog and glad I did. I am beginning to write my grandad's book which he never got around to writing. He probably just thought he would rest and go back to it later! Have a safe and warm weekend.

  7. I'm a complete nester. I sit on my MS and wait for it to hatch into something wonderful. Unfortunately the hatching never happens on its own.

    Good luck with your revisions.

    Leanne ( http://readfaced.wordpress.com/ )