Saturday, February 02, 2008

Schadenfreude Fans

Well my last day went relatively smoothly - I was as giddy as a schoolgirl for the last hour and then had a short crisis of faith on my walk home. A brief version of the rollercoaster I felt when I left my job the last time so no surprise there.

I'm still not feeling 100% so the Ours and I are staying in this weekend and taking it easy. Am still in two minds on how to tackle next week. I'm very aware that I have less time than I did before so there is a temptation to just get on with it, but a sneaking suspicion tells me that it could be my downfall. Mainly because once I get stuck into something I absolutely lose the plot if I have to scrap it and start from the beginning, so it's better that I know what I'm doing from the get go. So spending a few days looking into editing techniques and what to look out for might be the better bet.

So it looks like I'll be tearing into Sol Stein's Solutions for Writers (which I read parts of when I was working but that my mind has erased due to not taking notes) and consolidating advice and methods given to me by fellow writers and bloggers. A similar strategy to revising for an exam really, get to know the material until you are dying to do anything else, even sitting the exam. Always worked for me in the past anyway.

Once that's done I'm planning to read through the whole manuscript from beginning to end, pass through the five stages of grief (hopefully quickly) and then start editing. I'll post it all here for fellow writers and schadenfreude fans.

7 comments:

SpiralSkies said...

It's rather exciting that you're embarking on the editing process - am really looking forward to hearing how you get on.

Glad you're on the mend, too.

Yvonne said...

Thanks Jen, I'm glad one of us is looking forward to it! ;)

econgirl said...

Your dedication is impressive to say the least. Good luck with it :)

Yvonne said...

Econgirl thanks, but let's see if I can walk the walk!

Alix said...

Good luck, hope it all goes well for you.

Yvonne said...

Alix, cheers!

Holler said...

Good luck, I always think you are rather brave! Braver than I could ever be! It is nice to see such a girl with drive, Yvonne!