Rewriting + An Actual Schedule?

This is basically an update-y post because I have stuff to tell y’all! Last week, I decided that I would start the rewrite of Enhanced, the novel I’ve been talking about for the past long while because I was so tired of just preparing and not actually writing anything.

Turns out that starting a novel is a lot harder than it seems, especially when you keep telling yourself that it has to be good since it’s no longer a first draft. I know, I know, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but I think some inner part of me still believes it should be.

So I really haven’t written all that much. I think part of the reason I’ve felt so stuck about writing it is because I had no idea what was happening in the first scene that I started writing. In an entire week, I hadn’t even written a thousand words.

Yesterday, then, I decided that I would ignore the first part of the scene and write the second part, where I actually knew what was happening. I still haven’t written much, since I didn’t have much time, but I wrote a decent amount in the 20 minutes that I had and I’m at a place where I can continue working.

Normally, I’m not the type of author to skip around chronologically (mainly because I know if I do, I’m never going to actually edit and fill the gap with something else) but this time I decided I would have to, and it actually worked.

So, I shall give you more updates as things move along and hopefully some fun Spotlights as well!

Now, onto the second part of my post–a schedule. I’ve said many a time that I’m never going to have a schedule for my blog, but I think that I just might end up having one now. You see, I’ve been procrastinating a lot. And when I start procrastinating, I really get nothing done. And with school and marching band and homework, having nothing done is a really bad thing.

So I decided to limit my time on procrastinatable online activities, such as browsing the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program or flopping around the Internet, which led to me making a little schedule of which online thing I could do each day.

If I can keep to my schedule, I will be blogging on Tuesdays and Saturdays only. (Unless there’s something really important.) This doesn’t mean I’ll still post every Tuesday and Saturday, but I should be on for some amount of time to respond to comments and make posts on Tuesdays and Saturdays. I will also update my Goodreads on Thursdays and hopefully I will also get a link to that in my sidebar soon.

If I do blogging related stuff on days other than those, I’d actually really appreciate it if you could remind me that it’s not part of my schedule, because that likely means I am procrastinating again and no longer following my schedule.

And one more update-y thing: I should have said something about this earlier, but I now have 54 followers on this blog! We passed the fifty mark! So I just want to thank you all for visiting my blog and reading my posts, and for all the amazing 780 comments on this blog! I love having conversations with you and I’m so thankful that you’ve thought The Music of Words worth a little bit of time. You all are amazing. ❤

9 thoughts on “Rewriting + An Actual Schedule?

  1. Kellyn Roth September 14, 2016 / 11:24 AM

    “especially when you keep telling yourself that it has to be good since it’s no longer a first draft.” This is me right now … XD

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    • Lana October 4, 2016 / 10:20 PM

      Hehe, I’m glad to know someone’s in the same boat with me. It’s hard because I want to let myself go, but part of me knows if I do that, I’ll just need to rewrite it again.

      Of course, my problem right now is actually taking time to write in general, but this is part of that, too.

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      • Kellyn Roth October 4, 2016 / 10:28 PM

        I am constantly editing while I write … which is why I write so slowly minus-NaNo. XD


      • Lana October 5, 2016 / 7:44 PM

        Hehe. I hardly ever edit what I write, and then by the end of the draft I’m kind of terrified of looking at it.

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      • Kellyn Roth October 6, 2016 / 10:38 AM

        Well, at least you have a draft, right!? 😛


      • Lana October 21, 2016 / 10:58 AM

        That’s true! We’ll just not mention its quality.

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      • Kellyn Roth October 21, 2016 / 11:11 AM

        Good idea! 😛


  2. Astro September 14, 2016 / 3:18 PM

    I second Kellyn – I always get stressed because I feel that my second/third/etc. drafts have to be significantly better than my first drafts 🙂
    (I mean, I don’t have a lot of experience with multiple drafts – I’m actually trying to start a second draft/rewrite as well, so we’re kind of at the same point. I know what you mean.)
    Keep going with the rewrite! I look forward to more updates and Spotlights – it is really interesting learning about your writing and your characters.
    The schedule sounds great. Good for you!

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    • Lana October 4, 2016 / 10:22 PM

      Hey, another second drafter! *high fives* It’s difficult…but we can do it. (mini pep talk there, hehe)

      Oh, thank you! I’m glad you like hearing my Spotlights and updates! They’re fun to write.


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