During the July 2022 Camp NaNoWriMo I wrote the first official draft of The Witch & The Wolf. This will be the first time I've made it to the second draft of a story I've written and I couldn't be prouder of myself. Follow along as I write my way through this journey.
When I finished Camp NaNoWriMo I rewarded myself with buying a tiara from SweetV jewelry. But I also knew I would want a physical copy of my manuscript printed out for revising.
I've used the Staples Print Shop once before when I needed to print certain chapters of a textbook for college. It was inexpensive and easy to use.
For anyone else interested in using Staples, here's the breakdown:
I created a new document of my manuscript and double-spaced it. I wanted as much room to make notes and edit as possible.
I uploaded that to the Staples website (it's free to make an account).
I went with black and white printing on standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper and no binding.
I ordered it August 11, it shipped August 15, and arrived August 16. Shipping was free and I had it delivered straight to my door.
The total cost was $45.82.
Also I can keep the manuscript in the box it came in so I don't have the entire thing floating around, nor do I need another binder or box to keep it in.
I knew I wanted to revise this first draft the old-fashioned way with pen and paper. So I also made a spur-of-the-moment trip to Midori for supplies.
The gridded notepad is for rewriting certain scenes (I need lines, thank you) and I do this in red pen.
I make basic edits to the sentence structure with the green pen.
There are two blue pens not pictured. One I use for side notes. For example, I've already come across two pages that seem disconnect, more telling than showing, and instead of rewriting that in the moment, I've left notes to come to later.
The lighter blue pen I use for awkward sentences, or certain descriptions and parts I think should be kept, but possible moved to a different part of the chapter.
I also ended up using the green and brown markers pictured above. The brown I mark names of places and things that probably need to change.
The green I use to mark character descriptions so I can make sure they stay consistent throughout the story.
I've only gone through the first two chapters so far. And honestly, it's been so much fun.
Using pen and paper really helps slow down the process and gives me the ability to only look at one sheet of paper at a time (and take a break from looking at a screen all day). I'm really focusing on taking my time and seeing how each paragraph and scene works within the chapter and the overall story.
To check out my full WIP info page on The Witch & The Wolf click here.