First thanks again to all of you who stopped by on the blogfest last week. It was WWAAYYY fun but exhausting. I didn't go near my computer all weekend. Welcome to all the new followers.
Well as with the title I am approaching the In-Between. You know what I'm talking about. The spot between your first draft and revision. Yeah that messy bed hair, unbrushed teeth, no deodorant stage of your novel. You've gotten it up out of bed and it's semi awake. Now you need to get it ready to go out and face the world. But it needs it's coffee first. But just how long of a coffee break do you take?
7-ish months ago I started this crazy business of seriously writing in an online novel course. I would like to say my first draft is almost finished but since I'm so new I'm still working on my writer's compass. Sometime around Feb-Mar I plan on beginning the revision course and take this baby through to the next level.
Here's my hang up and questions.
How long do you wait between first draft and revision? I know some people dive right in and some people take a few weeks off and don't look back. I'm waiting for a few weeks just because I have outside things that need to be taken care of first. I know revision will be an ugly blood bath of epic proportions. I'll probably come out the other side bald, toothless and permanently stuck in a hunched-over-the keyboard position. But I can't wait!!
How do you approach the In-Between of first draft and revision? Do you jump right in or give your wip some breathing time? Do you stock up on wine or double your yoga classes?