5K Editing: Mile 1 to 1.5

You’ve crossed the starting line. You’re off and running, surrounded by hundreds of runners. It’s a little congested, and you feel like you might trip over someone. But you don’t, and little by little, it thins out. Runners start passing you, and you even pass a few. You round a bend. There’s a clock—you’ve only been running for 2 minutes, and you’re not close to the one mile marker…But you’ve committed to run without stopping until the halfway point. You’ve got this!

Your running buddy starts to pick up speed, moving a few paces in front of you. You know you’re holding her back. You yell for her to just go! She flies ahead and is soon out of sight. You wish she’d stayed with you, but you know that this is her first race and you want her to do the best she can. Besides, you’re both going to reach the finish line—even though it’ll be at different times. You smile and let her go …

**Pauses to sing (Admit it, you can’t read or say that phrase anymore without singing it!)

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You stop singing just as you reach the one mile marker. The time has you grinning. If you can keep that time up for the next 2.1 miles, you’ll beat your time. You go down the hill, remembering it from last year. The halfway mark is coming up.

WATER BREAK! YES!

Mile 1.5! You’ve reached the halfway mark! You stop running to drink your ice cold water—but you’re still walking fast. You finish the water, toss the cup, and then begin running again–setting a pace that you can keep until the finish line!

5K EDITING

Your editor finally read your whole novel. SHE LOVES IT, and can’t stop thinking about it, even days later!! She tells you that the beginning and ending need to be reworked . . . But great news: Your middle doesn’t sag!!

You get to work. It seems to take forever to get the first three chapters just right. You write, rewrite, rearrange, divide, and take out lines that you love (but add some wonderful new ones) . . . You work until you both feel it’s been thinned to “perfection.” Now you’re off! Edits are coming in faster–you happily notice that there aren’t as many edits to be added. You feel great.

A great friend moves ahead in her writing career! She’s publishing–seems to be flying ahead. You cheer her on, telling her to go!! You don’t get mad or jealous, you just keep plugging along with your edits. After all, you’re both going to reach publication—even though it’ll be at different times.

You’re almost to the halfway point of your novel!

CELEBRATION BREAK: You’re amazing editor gets engaged! You’re soooo thrilled for her, but your book gets set aside for awhile. You stop editing so you can hang out, ogle over wedding magazines, try on dresses (her dress and your bridesmaid dress!!) share ideas . . . SMILE . . . SQUEAL . . . DANCE!

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After a time of your “celebrating-detour”, you’re both refreshed and ready to get back to the editing! You can do this!

 

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5K Editing: Before the Starting Line

This year (since the last 5K) has been filled with agent hunting, rejection letters, networking (I’ve connected with several amazing authors!) editing, editing, and EDITING–with the exception of November when I wrote 66,000 words for NaNoWriMo. I’ve learned and incorporated several techniques that have greatly improved my writing. I love learning. Love the editing process. Yes, there were days when I wanted to quit, but I kept in mind that all the editing was just taking my WIP from good to GREAT!

I’m going to break up this 5K series a little differently:

Before the Starting Line

Mile 1 to Mile 1.5 (with water break)

Mile 1.5 to 3

Bonus: .1 Miles

Crossing the Finish Line & Beyond

BEFORE THE STARTING LINE

It’s your second 5K. You quickly fill out the paperwork  and send it in. You decide you should actually train more for this one. You get a running buddy who tells you she wants to run in the 5K with you!

The day of the race arrives. You’re excited. You’ve been here before. You know what to expect. You know you can do this…after all you did survive last year! You think about last year’s race, reliving the agony and the feelings of accomplishment. You gear up. Sneakers: Check. Running Uniform: Check. Several water bottles: Check. Check. One Running Buddy: Check…Oh, surprise, her brother wants to run too! You all pile in your van, chatting excitedly, and drive to the race. This is going to be great!

You set goals again:

     1. Don’t be last.

     2. Don’t die, get injured or throw up.

     3. Run more than you did last year.

     4. Beat your time from last year!!

You can’t wait to get started! But . . . It’s taking forever. The race was supposed to start at nine, but it’s already way past that. The megaphone guy hasn’t told you to go to the starting line. WAITING . . ..

WAITING . . . .

WAITING . . .

While you wait, you drink water (which cause you to visit the Port-a-Potty 5 times). You talk a lot because you’re nervous and just want to get going. You join your running group for picture time–Which you confidently and happily walk over and pose for. You’re a real runner, of course you should get your picture taken!

(Can you find me? 🙂 )

And then . . . YEAH! The megaphone guy finally woke up. “All runners to the starting line. Race starts in 5 minutes!”

5K EDITING

Your novel is done! You go back through it with a purple pen and a highlighter. You know your novel–you’ve been here before. It’s fun to relive the story and laugh at lines you totally forgot about. But as you read, you realize you should probably hire an editor to give you “fresh eyes.”

CUTTING IN HERE: I’m sooooo blessed to have 2 amazing editors! LaJoie and my dad…I know what you’re thinking. “Your dad won’t be tough on you! He’ll think every word you wrote is wonderful!” Well, my dad is tough, and I so appreciate it. (My dad is a very talented writer!) He told me that he was scared to read BOUND because he didn’t want to have to tell me to take up knitting. But then he did read it….and was surprised at how much he LOVED it!! It was an interesting journey. Dad read BOUND out loud to me. To hear him read from the POV of a 17-year-old girl: Priceless (And super embarrassing at times…especially the kissing scenes! *BLUSHES) BONUS: having a guy’s perspective on male dialogue is awesome! All my guys sound like guys, thanks to my dad!

You search for the perfect editor. You find one and send her your novel. You start to get nervous. What if she hates it? Days go by . . .

WAITING . . .

WAITING . . .

WAITING . . .

While you wait for her response to your words and answer: You write up a query letter and a proposal and then edit those several times. You read and write. You send out letters to agents…You get rejection letters. You get your professional author photos taken. Because you are a REAL author! (Have to be prepared for when you make it!)

And then . . . The editor sends you a note. She read your whole novel and loves it! She can’t stop thinking about it, even days later. The best news, she agrees to become your editor!

LET THE EDITING PARTY START!!

5K & Writing

So, I ran my second 5K yesterday. Once again, I survived! My time was higher, but I’m proud to say I ran all but 1/4 mile! HUGE improvement on last year.

People have been asking if I’m going to blog about it this year. I think I will, but instead of “running a 5K is like writing,” this year I’m going to do a series on “running a 5K is like editing.”

Stay tuned! And while you wait, check out the series “5K Novel.”

https://janelleleonard.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/5k-novel-the-starting-line/