Editing & the Ideas are Flowing

I’ve been digging into the edits on Vessel, the sequel to my recently released novella, Tribute. I’m on chapter 16, so two-thirds of the way there! I’m happy with the quality of the draft, and able to focus on adding foreshadowing and detail. Hopefully when I’m finished editing the draft on paper, I’ll have taken care of enough of the new writing that the computer revisions won’t take much time.

The cool part is that as I’ve worked on edits, new ideas and connections are surfacing for the next couple of novellas. I’m feverishly typing those out on my iPad to keep track. And I’m getting excited about writing the third novella — I actually started the first scene with the female lead yesterday, because I could see how I wanted her story to start so clearly. Just a few hundred words, but the groundwork for a whole new storyline…

I’ve been feeling creative and inspired again after kind of a post-release crash once I’d published Tribute. Now the problem is fitting in writing time. One more weekend out of town over Labor Day. Luckily, my mom-in-law is a fan of me taking time for writing (and having my kids to herself. LOL.), so I’m hoping I’ll finish the paper edit of Vessel this weekend. That would leave two weeks to incorporate the revisions in the manuscript, and meet my #ROW80 goal of having Vessel beta-ready at the end of Round 3.

I’m a little down again about my current writing WIP. I broke 10,000 late last week, which felt awesome. Then I spent a couple of precious hours going through what I’d written so far. I liked it, and that was a great mood boost. I made edits, added to scenes here and there… and then the big bad happened: my computer bit the big one that very night. And since we’d moved our computer two days prior to the living room in a misguided attempt to reclaim productive hours after putting our youngest down to bed in the office (don’t get me started), our most recent time machine backup missed all my work on my WIP. Serious boohoo!! I was able to reclaim the bulk of the word count because I’d written it first on my iPad, but not my edits and revisions on that beautiful day when I felt so in love with my WIP. I’m sad! More to the point, I haven’t picked it back up. I will, but I need a good block of time or what I’ll be able to accomplish will just make me nuts. I really have no idea how long it’s going to take me to write this baby… I might be plugging away at it well into Round 4. At least I have the first 20% written — the stage is set.

All that said, I am writing this post on my gorgeous, powerful new iMac. She’s really pretty, and I love her. 🙂

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit jrpearsenelson.com.

7 comments on “Editing & the Ideas are Flowing

  1. Oh no! Sorry to hear! I’m not as good at backing up as I should be, seeing that my computer has tried that stunt before. Ugh. Hang in there. It’ll come back to you and be even better!

  2. Augh, hate when that happens. I’ve lost so much work because things crash all the time and refuse to autosave. I hope you pick it back up soon and it’s even more awesome than it was originally!

  3. Argh…so many people are having computer problems and it freaks me out! So sorry to hear about your WIP, that must be a gutting feeling especially as you loved what you had written.

    Exciting to hear ideas for your next novellas are surfacing.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

  4. Congrats on your progress! But I’m so sorry about the stuff you lost. When I’m working on a WIP (writing or editing), I’ve started backing up on a flash drive AND emailing it to myself. The only problem comes in when something happens WHILE you’re working. It can be discouraging, but keep going. Don’t let a setback make you give up on ANYTHING. And it looks like you aren’t going to let that happen.

    Congrats on your new iMac. I love shiny and new! 🙂

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