Edit 2? What edit 2?

Indeed, what edit 2?  I should have started that in January.  It’s now 8th February and Italian Infatuation 0.2 is still exactly the same as Italian Infatuation 0.1.  Why?  Well, I must admin, I seemed to have blocked out the fact I needed to do it a few days ago – until today, I had genuinely forgotten I should be working on that. Oops.  I blame the cough and the cold.  I hate England. 

I also seem to be doing quite a lot of other things at the moment, which are maybe taking up the time I should be editing.   Good things though I think. 

So what am I doing?  Obviously I’ve got  the 20 or so blogs I read a day (thank god not everyone updates their blog daily).  I’ve now made a crack with the second (fiction) assignment for the writing course.  I need to list all magazines I can find that publish short stories, analyse one and write a short story for it.   Oh, I also need to read some modules that I keep forgetting to do.  I’m doing lots of little writing things too: Oneword daily, Fiction Friday on Fridays, and generally finding any prompts from anywhere online I can to write from. 

So really, it’s all good things that are keeping me from starting this edit.  I read somewhere that a lot of people write their first novel then stick it in a draw and it never comes out.  I don’t want to be one of those people.  I know I’m a little biased,  but I think Italian Infatuation is a story that needs to be told!  😉

I’m a little torn on what story to use for the course.  I have one pre written I would like to send, but it’s 1,600+ words and I need to have it 1,500 or less.  I don’t want to shorten it, I think it needs everything it has.  I have a story that I started for Fiction Friday, that I am working on to make a longer more detailed story, but I’m not sure if I can get it up to 1,500.  But I’d like to.  Or, should I just start a completely new story for it?  Oh the decisions. 

I think I might have thought up another idea for another novel this morning.  Serioulsy, can my mind not just work on one thing and one thing only?

Right, I’ve got 25 minutes before my lunch break.  I’m going to work on the course until I go.  I will not work on the story prompt I started this morning.  I will not work on the story prompt I started this morning.  I will not…

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5 thoughts on “Edit 2? What edit 2?

  1. So, I totally just left you a long comment in response to your comment on my blog, haha. Rather than repeat it, I’ll add to it – I think those are legitimate reasons why you haven’t been working on your novel. You’ve been working a lot, writing on a lot of smaller projects, and still getting ideas. If you do end up sticking II in a drawer, maybe mark a date in your planner/calendar on which you will pull it back out again. Then, re-read it and go from there.

    By the way, I don’t think it’s wrong for you to consider working on the other idea you had for a novel. You’ll either be inspired to write the new one, or you’ll realize that you’d rather be writing II and go back to it promptly. Good things can happen either way. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your advice. Having read that last week I’ve been feeling a lot better about ignoring the novel. I think the writing course and the rest of what I’m doing are more important NOW. That doesn’t mean I won’t go back to the novel. When the time is right.

    You two are awesome!

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