Writing Updates, July-August

Obligatory writing instrument.
Obligatory writing instrument.

It’s that time, everyone: time to provide my loyal readers with updates about my writing. Here is what’s been going on:

  • I finished a novella a couple nights ago! I’ve been working on it for a while, so I was happy about that. Unfortunately, it’s in its first draft, so it is very, very bad right now. I can’t edit right after finishing something, so it is currently… curing, like a nice ham.
  • I had a brilliant idea for a novel I have been trying to write for years. This one will be called A Time To Run and is one of my favorites. I’ve had trouble bringing it together, though, so having a radical new idea may prove to be a good thing.
  • I wrote a novel for NaNoWriMo last year (remember?). It was such a fun experience that I am definitely going to do it again this year, even if I am busy at the job. Unfortunately, I never revised last year’s NaNoWriMo. I really need to do that. It may be a rough draft, but I think this book could have potential.
  • Finally, I want to write a novel based in the same sci-fi world as a short story I wrote. I love this world and the characters, so I plan to explore it more. This may be my NaNoWriMo project this year (though I am so excited about it that I don’t know if I can wait until November before working on it).

As much as it pains me to admit this, I think it’s high time I started doing some hardcore revision. The problem? I have no idea how to revise. Really. I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember, but somehow I missed out on learning how to revise. I suppose I’ll be learning that now.