Tonight I was running through The Idanha Hotel to put in the corrections Kris had found on her read, at least the ones I agreed with.
That was the book I wrote in seven days last week, remember?
Well, this time through I agreed with all of her corrections, mostly just typos, and what was even more interesting, this was the cleanest manuscript I have had in a very long time.
I normally do clean copy in my one draft, but this was noticeably cleaner. Kris only found about one typo every six or seven manuscript pages, and sometimes there would be no typos in numbers of chapters. Took me all of thirty minutes to do what many would call a second draft. (grin)
Now interesting. Seven days to write the book, the cleanest copy I have done. Hmmm, guess getting out of my own way and letting my creative voice drive completely not only allows me to write workable novels, but clean novels as well. Go figure.
Myths die hard, don’t they?
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Writers lunch at 2 p.m. up at WMG offices, then I worked on workshop stuff until about 7:30 and then went to the store and then home by 8 p.m.
I cooked dinner, then got in here to do workshop assignments. Crossover week between March and April workshops, so took a bunch of time.
I did a nap in the middle somewhere, finished around 1 a.m.
Watched some television, then back in here around 2:30 a.m. to start a novel but instead decided to do the corrections in the last book and work on getting that issue of Smith’s Monthly ready to turn into WMG.
So after doing that and working a little on an introduction and looking for short stories to put in, the night was gone.
Tomorrow I’ll finish up the Smith’s Monthly and then get started on a new novel.
Topic of the Night: Clean Copy
Nothing really except for the interesting fact that the seven day novel was my cleanest copy ever. Go figure. Clearly my being surprised at that means I had another expectation, huh?
Even with me, the myths for some things remain deep and I just cleared out that old myth now as well.
But caution, folks. Don’t go telling any of the hard-myth believers that writing fast actually means writing cleaner and with fewer mistakes. That is so against what they were all taught in English classes in school, it would be like insulting their 10th Grade English Teacher.
Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 10
Writing in Public blog streak Day 934
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 7,000 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,900 words
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