Saturday, July 23, 2011

Level Up

Just got some notes back on a story that I've been working hard on for quite a while now. Looking at all the red and the suggested changes it would be easy to be frustrated or discouraged.

My story supervisor.
I am and I'm not at the same time.

I'm frustrated on one hand because I thought I'd turned in a really good draft that I was very proud of. I've put a lot of thought and work into getting this story to this point. I've stretched myself to get better and each draft has been exponentially better (to me) than the last. On that same hand, I really want to be done with this story. I've put all I have into it and I don't know what else, if anything, I can do to make it better. (Actually I do, I just wanted to sound dramatic there.)

Fortunately the notes came back with excellent suggestions for improvements to the story. Things I hadn't really thought of and some really wonderful encouragement that I'm on the right track. I had to be reminded of the market I'm writing for, too. Every time I've gotten notes I've seen what's being pointed out and this time there were things that were new and not a lot of repeats of notes I've gotten before. That made me feel good.

Each time I get this feedback, I know how valuable it is. Someone else (several someone elses, in reality) has taken the time to read my work and give me critical, honest thoughts on how to make it better. Each time I get closer to becoming a better writer. That's great for all the stories I'm writing. Each draft is a learning experience and even though I'm a little frustrated (really, just a little!) that I'm not done yet, the story isn't as good as it should be. As it will be. It isn't great yet and it needs to be.

Now I have to put my nose to the grindstone and get this draft back out as soon as I can. With it being well over 100 degrees outside, you may not hear the sound of fingers flying over keys this week. I'll update you when I'm done with these changes.

In the comments, tell me the most drafts you've ever gone through on a story before it was 'done'.