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August 2016 Recap

Editing days:  14
Draft 4 in-progress. (Draft 9 of the first 8 chapters *weeps*)

Books Read:
The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
Wanderlust by Roni Loren

Yup, I’m still editing. Work was a little busier this month, and I took a holiday the third week of August so things have gone slowly. I keep reminding myself that this is fine and that I should take all the time I need to fix things.

I have been doing more sewing lately though. Sewing is my zen space, because it requires all of my attention. I can’t look away or something might go wrong. It’s tactile and it’s noisy, and it can get messy (my rug needs a serious vacuum). But there aren’t high stakes involved. Something either fits, or it doesn’t. Sometimes I can fix it, but sometimes I can’t, and that’s the end.

In all, I’m in a good place. I’ve got a draft query and draft synopsis done. Now all that I have to do is finish everything. Soon my pretties. Soon.

Also, ROMANCE. I’d forgotten how much fun it is. If you’re looking for ways to figure out how to make your writing more visceral, read it. And its all about character motivations. Seriously, if you want a master class in character, read romance. I think I need to read more… yes.. for educational purposes. Of course, it also makes me grin from ear to ear. Just saying.

How was your August?

5 Comments

  1. Sounds like a good month!

    My August was busy and lazy, somehow. I didn’t get as much writing done as I would have liked, so now I’m stepping it up in September. Or trying to, anyway!

  2. I like the thought about “zen space.” Everything is so always-on these days — finding the times of focus is more and more important. I like to walk — no music and no phone, just walking.

    I’m still figuring out how to tell my new story. I had an idea of how I was going to do it, but “idea” is no substitute for “feel,” and it doesn’t feel right. I’m moving back to my comfort zone — one of them — but I guess it’s my comfort zone for a reason. 🙂

    1. I hear you about the ‘feel’. Sometimes a story just doesn’t seem to click right at first. But hey! Maybe not now but another time.

      My comfort zone is cookies and grilled cheese sandwiches 😉

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