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.ย 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 callย 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.

6 thoughts on “WIP to MS

  1. First of all, thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can totally relate to this, and know how you feel. But to be honest, every MS is still a “work in progress” until it is finalized for publishing. I think no matter how rough or how much work it needs, it becomes an MS when you finish a whole complete story. It is by no means done at that point (I know I have a long way and many rewrites to go) but it is really a manuscript with a beginning middle end, etc. Don’t be afraid to let yourself think of it as an MS, because it already is! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I see what both you and her (comment and blog post) is saying and I’m kinda in the middle. I used to think it was always a WIP until I had finished writing the entire thing. Then I just stopped thinking about it altogether so one day it was like “Oh I have this totally finalized and published MS here” at which point it is then the book haha.

    But you know I think it’s just another one of those things that some people have very strong feelings about and others don’t, ie the Oxford comma, writer vs. author, Neh-vad-uh vs. Nuh-vaw-duh, etc. :]


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