First off, how was everyone's holiday weekend???
Mine was actually fan-tabulous. I was amazingly motivated and had an internet-unplug weekend. We spent Friday re-doing our front flowerbed (thanks for the motivation Kim!)...we replaced three plants I didn't like when I moved in (looked more like pretty weeds than actual shrubs) and took out all the pine-straw and replaced it with mulch. Talk about a chore!!!
Saturday was spent with family playing tennis and cooking out...and guess what??? My new books arrived DURING my cookout...how fast is Amazon? It really was like Christmas came early! Sunday and Monday were a blur of housework, reading, exercising and yes, editing and revising.
Here's the deal with my latest WIP, the Tutelar: I made it near the end and just couldn't finish it. It wasn't that I didn't know how to end it but that the beginning really needed work. And something about that made it impossible for me to keep writing. Anyone else like this??? Plus I want to make sure my end is consistent with the mood and emotion of the book, and well, after you have written and revised each chapter alone, I think it's important to re-read it all as a whole to make sure it is consistent in its entirety. Sometimes after writing so much I feel lost, having come so far from the start of my story. I want to pay homage to the important things in those last few pages, tie it all together in a nice little bow.
So I printed out the first five chapters and sat quietly in my reading room and did just that. I read and edited those first five chapters over and over and then later incorporated all those revisions into my WIP. Am I totally happy? Of course not, I'm a writer for crying-out-loud!!!
Beginnings are hard. But do I still think my beginning is horrible? No, I have a bit of faith in it actually. It's amazing how many people have critiqued and read those first five chapters and how much they have changed while keeping the same vibe they started out with. This time around, the editing and revising doesn't seem so bad, it was actually kind of fun for a change. And you know the best part??? I feel like mentally I can finish my story now. Whew!
Do you have any strange writing or life habits that sometimes haunt you??? Something you can't get past??? The mind is a funny thing!
Happy Tuesday everyone!!!