Thursday, April 15, 2010
In Which I Am Engrossed
Does anyone else get engrossed when reading their own WIPs? I do. Or at least it's something like engrossed. I always start off reading and editing, but then almost always I hit a point where I realize I'm just reading the story and not really paying attention to the edits that need to happen.
This happens frequently when I beta as well, which is why my beginnings are always heavily marked up, but the marks drop off towards the end.
I can't help it, the stories just always draw me in.
The solution, of course, is to read backwards. It helps you focus on each individual sentence instead of focusing on the whole.
Unfortunately I'm not at that point yet, I'm at the point where I'm reading each scene and deciding on any major changes I need to make. So reading backwards doesn't help when you're looking for pacing issues, and plot holes.
Also, it hurts that I've only read the whole WIP once-ish (it will be twice once I'm done with each of these scenes) so I'm not yet overly familiar with it.
Does this happen to anyone else? What are your solutions?