June Boot Camp: Day 8

   Posted by: Faith   in Rye Thoughts

Hit 10k on the “novella” today, only to realize that… this isn’t going to be a novella, because I haven’t even introduced the Major Plot Point (er… something to work on in the edits), and there’s no way I can feasibly do that and wrap it all up on another 25k. Nope, this is going to be just what I didn’t want: a full-fledged novel. Ack, writing short is HARD!!!

But onto another thing — I’ve printed out what I have so far and I’m going to let my hubby read through it, or maybe just for fun, read what I’ve written to him each night as a “bedtime story”. LOL. My question is, do you print out and read over your work as you’ve written it? Have you ever shared what you’ve written with someone close, as it comes out? And are they the kind of person you could trust feedback from?

I’m curious! I know we all handle rough drafts differently, and I’ve never printed & shared before (until the whole thing was done), so this is a new thing. It never hurts to try new things, right?

(Er, unless the new things happen to be poisonous or deadly… so, uh, maybe forget that sentiment…)

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I occasionally print stuff out but not always. My hubbie likes to read the stuff printed out–just easier for him to pick up and read than use a laptop. And one of my betas likes it printed out. But others don’t, so I guess it depends!

June 10th, 2010 at 12:00 am
Barbara Ann Wright

I like to print and edit with markers, but then, I have lots of pens. ^_^ I don’t usually show stuff to people until I’ve finished and edited at least once, but one time I shared with my writing group and my husband before I had the ending, and they actually gave me some great ideas.

June 10th, 2010 at 3:04 am

Yay! A full fledged novel and 10K. You’re on your way. :) You need to write the story how it is and see how long it turns out.

June 11th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Lydia – All these reading preferences to keep track of, I think someone should build us an Excel spreadsheet to remember it all. LOL.

Barbara – Yes, you DO have lots of pens… haha. I typically like to edit at least once before anyone reads my work too. I find there are fewer ‘useless’ comments that way (ie. “You have this spelling error…”).

Aubrie – Thanks! It’s so true… I’m just going to keep writing, and when I hit the end, stop. I think a famous writer from Ye Olden Times had a quote about that… but of course, I can’t remember who it was…

June 11th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I don’t let any “real life” people read my writing until I’m completely finished and some what happy with how it turned out. Most of the time I don’t even want to say that I’m working on something, I think I’m scared that I will jinx it, and won’t be able to finish.

June 12th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I know what that’s like! It’s as if talking about it will take away some of the magic… or people will give you a strange look and you’ll second guess yourself. Makes sense to me! I think ultimately it’s best to be choosy with who reads our work before it’s “finished”. :)

June 15th, 2010 at 12:28 am

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