I got a new day job.
The good news is it keeps me busy.
The bad news is it keeps me busy.
But I am slowly making progress on the edits from the coach I hired. Key word: slowly
But even slow progress is better than none. So I’ll keep trying to fit in time to write – scratch that.
I will make time to write (revise) and I will finish this book.
Just don’t hold your breath. I’m not ready for that level of responsibility yet.
Yes, it’s been a while. I could tell you some terrific story about how I’ve been busy saving children in Uganda, or found out I was the switched-at-birth daughter of the rulers of a foreign land, or how I thwarted a terrorist attack in Houston, but those are actually other books I’ve been reading instead of blogging.
I have been writing, though! But I’m still not finished with the book.
I know, I know. I said I was going to be finished by now. But I’m trying to make this the best book it can be before it goes out into the world. Each read-through shows me something else that needs to be improved.
This is still a learning book. I know that. It may never be published, but, by golly, when it goes out to be judged, I will be proud of it.
I’m going to get back to blogging regularly, too. Probably not every day, but at least once a week. I am learning things in this process and want to share them.
Even if no one but the spammers are reading it. 🙂
I spent a long, fabulous day plotting and planning and revising. First, I mapped out the whole book on a storyboard, then spent some time planning how to fix the known issues. After that I plugged the fixes into the storyboard and even wrote a new scene.
The plan for what to do next is sitting on bright sticky notes on my storyboard, but the hard part is still doing it. It took me hours to write the new scene, but I kept at it and got it finished. After a few days I’ll go back and clean it up some. I know my writing process well enough now to know the new scene has issues.
Speaking of my process, it’s becoming more clear to me that I need to plot. In enough detail that I know where to go, but not so much that I can’t deal with new ideas that pop up while writing. It’s a fine line to walk, but it seems to work better for me than just pulling threads and seeing where they go.
I guess I’ll find out for sure when I start working on the next book.
Dang, now that Britney Spears song is running through my head.
So, the last time I posted was Wednesday. It’s Sunday now. I did write Thursday and Friday, but didn’t get around to posting here.
I’m coming up on my second self-induced deadline (Tuesday) and have a lot to do to finish, but I’m SO MUCH CLOSER than I’ve ever been before!
Today I don’t have a lot of time for writing until later this evening, so hopefully my brain cells will kick in then. Otherwise, I’ll be up early tomorrow and working hard. I have the day off work so I’ll be pushing to finish this thing!
For now, getting to work in the little bit of time I have this morning…
Finding half a worm!
And now for something completely different….
Okay, sorry. I think I’m a little punch drunk. And by that I don’t mean drunk on punch.
I’m giddy with excitement that I’m making such good progress on the WIP. I’m plugged into the writing world and keeping my goal in focus, and I feel so much better about it this week than last.
I have given myself permission to write the rest of the book in as many pages as it takes to finish the story, instead of trying to reach a certain word count. What a freeing concept!
I had a hard time getting up to write this morning, but I’m so glad I did. Plus I got a little more time during lunch today. The scene is coming together and it feels great!
I did get up early to write today. So, yay me!
Almost finished the scene I was working on and plugged it back into the ms. The word count overall decreased by about 150, but again, they are better words and I’m happy with it. Plus I have a good starting place tomorrow, or later today if I get time.
I didn’t post last night, but I did write yesterday. I added about 300 words while working yesterday morning, at lunch, and a little bit last night.
This morning I worked about an hour and added 333 words to the ms. Super excited about this progress.
Being in the book (almost) everyday sure does help keep the words flowing. I have a few more scenes to add, but I’m also checking flow and arcs. I’m really learning revision with this one, and I feel good about it. It’s hard, but the next one should be easier.
I sure hope so!
This was my first weekend since I started writing every day.
Weekends are hard because they are out of the normal routine. Sometimes I can spend the morning or the afternoon or a good chunk of the day writing.
Unfortunately this was not one of those weekends. I did write both days, but only the minimum 30 minutes and not the hours I wanted to, and probably needed to.
Next weekend I hope to be able to devote more time to writing. My check-in for today is that I plugged the revised scene into the wip, replacing the original, did another pass through and started revising the next scene. Ended up with about 150 more words and I’m quite happy with the revision.
Tomorrow I get back to the normal routine. This means I’m actually looking forward to Monday morning. Wow.
I worked for about 30 minutes this morning, then got more time tonight. So far, I’ve written just over 550 words today on the re-write scene.
I’m so happy with this progress!
Posting this now, then getting back to work for a few more minutes while I can.