Anyway, one of the things that have been slowing me down is revising my first chapter of my work in progress. I think, maybe, I might possibly be done with the first chapter. But that opens me up to more work instead of less. Because as I get my first chapter close to done, I've made changes--in voice, in character attitude--that will effect everything else and means (another) rewrite.
So I wanted to look at how much time I've done with this WIP. I've never thought to do this before--but it was kind of interesting.
- First idea for novel (original first pages written—during Christmas break): Dec. 30, 2007
- First started really writing: March 18, 2008 (after completing National Board process)
- Completed first draft: June (before going on trip to Europe)
- First read-through/rough revisions: July 10-Aug. 1
- Second read-through/revisions: Aug. 8-Aug 26 (beginning of new school year)
- First feedback from someone not related to me: September 7
- Complete rewrite began: Sept. 22
- Scrapped first rewrite and started rewriting over: Oct. 13
So, the process has been almost a year--but, as noted, there have been quite a few interruptions (completing National Board process, which is like getting a degree; leading a group of kids to Europe; start of new school year), and most major things started around breaks.
It seems like a long time, and a short time. I had not realized that I first started with the idea in December of last year--but I do remember having written 5 or 10 pages, and then dropping it for months (I do that all the time--if I keep writing after the first chapter or so, then I keep working on the book). More than anything else, this motivates me to work harder and faster, and quit being so complacent about revisions!