For how long do I shelve my first drafts? (#IWSG June 2021 & #TheSundayPost)

Posted May 30, 2021 in Life Updates / 2 Comments

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The Latest in my Life

It’s been a busy month at work but I’m currently on half-term break for a week. I’m hoping to have fun with my daughter and recharge my batteries before the madness of term 6 begins.

Last week I got my hair trimmed for the first time in ages and I also got to celebrate my stepbrother’s birthday at a barbecue. It was a lovely weekend because I got to spend some quality time with some family members that I hadn’t seen properly for a long time.

I’m getting my first Covid-19 vaccination in just over a week, which I’m very pleased about. I should get my second dose just before going back to school in September. My husband had his a few weeks ago and was ill for a couple of days, but I’m hoping I’ll only have a mild reaction. It sure beats getting the real thing, anyway.

Writing #IWSG

I don’t have any writing news to share this month as I’ve mostly been focusing on work. However, the summer holidays are coming up and this is normally my most productive time of year so I’m hoping to make progress with my novel and enter a few more short story competitions.

This month’s optional question:

For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?

For short stories, I prefer to put them aside for a week or two before editing. I think it’s good to come back to a project with “fresh eyes”. However, I am a huge procrastinator and frequently working to tight deadlines, so often I only have time to wait a couple of days (*cough* or hours *cough*).

I haven’t finished the first draft of my novel yet, but I plan to leave it for about a month or two before I start revising it. I feel like I will need a while to recover and I would also like to wait until I have another holiday from work where I can give it the attention it deserves.

Perhaps, with more writing experience I will be able to edit a project straight away, or even whilst drafting. At the moment I have to work around my other commitments and it takes a while to replenish my creative energy.


Recently on the blog:


I had to read a few anthologies of short stories for work to see which would be suitable for our reading groups:

I read The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton to my daughter for the second time. She adores this series. I’m going to see what she makes of The Famous Five next as that was one of my favourites growing up.

I also finished reading Then by Morris Gleitzman. It was an exciting read with a truly heartbreaking ending that I suspect will stay with me for a long time.


Although many people were disappointed with the ending of BBC’s Call of Duty, we enjoyed it. I thought it was quite realistic and they did leave it open for a potential future series.

After we finished that, we binged the first season of Netflix’s Camp Cretaceous, a cute animated spin-off of the Jurassic World franchise. I love it so far and can’t wait to watch the next two seasons.

More recently, we started watching season 3 of American Gods on Amazon Prime. I’ve found this show really intriguing so far but also quite confusing. There are a few different sub-plots still left to tie up and I have no idea how it all connects together. It has now been cancelled, which is disappointing as it apparently ends on a cliff-hanger. But Neil Gaiman insists the show is not dead and is just looking for a new home. So, we shall see. It would be a shame if it never got a proper ending. I have the book sitting on my shelf which I must get around to reading!

Quote of the Week

“The key to juggling is to know that some of the balls you have in the air are made of plastic and some are made of glass. And if you drop a plastic ball, it bounces, no harm done. If you drop a glass ball, it shatters, so you have to know which balls are glass and which are plastic and prioritize catching the glass ones.
Nora was not talking about juggling five balls. She was talking about juggling FIFTY-FIVE balls. The balls don’t represent ‘family’ or ‘work.’ There are separate balls for everything that goes into each of those categories.
And her point, addressing a room full of women, was not “prioritize kids over work.” It was “some kid stuff is glass and some is plastic, and sometimes, to catch a glass work ball, you have to drop a plastic family one, and that is okay.”

~Jennifer Lynn Barnes (@jenlynnbarnes) paraphrasing the words of author Nora Roberts.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!


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This month’s awesome co-hosts are: Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!

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2 responses to “For how long do I shelve my first drafts? (#IWSG June 2021 & #TheSundayPost)

  1. Good luck with the vaccinations! they’re coming along here pretty well, for the most part. And good luck with the writing!

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