Reading from a fellow NaNo camper and blogger about how she just finished her WIP and it’s now a MS (Congrats!!), made me think, I’m still calling my story a WIP, even though the first draft is done, why?
First, probably because I just never thought about it all that much. But really, because I don’t feel like it’s anywhere near being done enough to be promoted to MS. I still think it has good bones, but I feel like I’m rewriting it. I have been rewriting the entire introductory chapters, and I got into actual edits this weekend. I know I’m going to have a lot more to rewrite though. And until I get to a point where I am happy with the story, and the characters, and I am no longer making big changes, I’m going to continue to call Recovery a work in progress.
How do you get to the stage where you are confident enough to take your WIP to a MS? I know I have a ways to go until I am comfortable to make that change, but I also have very little experience with all this writing fiction stuff, so I’m on a learning curve. I’m loving all this learning though, I’ve learned about my process, what my imagination is capable of, and so much about my characters. But it’s going to be a long road for me.