Newbie Writing Mistake #7

It’s a series on Advice to Newbie Writers. This will last a while. Enjoy.

Newbie Mistake #7 ~ Live and Learn

Over several years—before I started my self-publishing journey—I tinkered with the idea of being a full-time writer. I would play with a story until the writing became difficult then jump to another story. As I continued as a writer, I gradually started  a single novel and stayed with it until finished.
However–and it’s a big HOWEVER–even after I began this “start and go to finish”, I had one novel that I continually played with, writing the whole thing in pieces.

Jigsaw puzzle pieces.

Which also had a major problem called “VERSIONS of the SAME SCENES”. This is not good, people.

Some scenes had over SIX versions. SIX!

Pulling that MS together was a nightmare. I am still happy with the final manuscript, but for weeks I pulled my hair out trying to bring everything together into a cohesive story and trying to meld those different versions of a single together to create a coherent scene.
The FIX :: When I decided to publish another early MS written as bits and pieces of scenes over several years, I did not want to repeat that long summer of writing horror. So, to approach the revision, I didn’t try to pull the scenes together.
I knew what the scene needed then skimmed the old scenes for ideas and … I wrote completely new words and shredded the old as each scene finished.
I finished that book in less than six weeks as opposed to three months.
IN AUGUST, we’ll look at Newbie Mistakes that I didn’t Make, on the 5ths (5 / 15 / 25).
Come on in. The water’s fine.