I feel chatty and restless for no particular reason today. Maybe it’s the full moon tonight. Maybe it’s the three cups of tea.
So hey there! How are you? Oh thanks for asking about me too! Since you asked…
I’ve reached the halfway point in this draft and I’m pretty sure I’ll be done in about two weeks. I never expected the editing to take this long, but I know I haven’t wasted any time with it. I’m still learning, and I suspect I will be forever. I’m already thinking about the next book I want to write, and what I want to do differently the next time around.
It’s funny, the biggest struggles I’ve with the writing process so far have been with battling doubt and insecurity, not the amount of work or the writing. The doubts come and it go like the tide. I’m in an upswing right now, where the excitement of ideas crowds out the nagging in my brain. The only real tool I’ve got to battle that doubt is writing through it.
I don’t like to talk about the details of my WIP on this blog. It’s a bit of superstition? Sometimes I think that if I write something about it, I’m doomed to change it. To be even more honest, I don’t really know what kind of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster I’ve created here. Is it a monster, a unicorn, a scruffy street dog, a worn out hat*? The only way to know is to get a bit of feedback. I’m both looking forward to that and dreading it, like a plate of boiled unsalted vegetables 😉
I’ve also been doing some serious thinking about how to define success, why I’m writing, and what my motivations are… I’m getting closer to an answer, or answers. Some of which are completely embarrassing! Maybe I’ll spill the beans another day, just not yet.
So in the meantime, I’ve got more work to do, and nothing to show you yet.
*What do you wish your writing would be, and what do you think it is?
a) monsters – Stories that creep’s up on you out of nowhere, hits you so hard you question your mind, your view of reality, or sanity.
b) unicorns – Stories of beauty, elegant prose and craftsmanship, writing to be envied, magical, do things with story that you never thought was possible.
c) or scruffy dogs – Stories that are a little ugly, sloppy around the edges, but it might win its way into your heart.
d) a worn out hat – A comfortable story, full of character, but a hat’s a hat! You know what to expect.
Ahh I just made that up. I don’t know if it’s a good analogy or not. I’m just rambling now. Feel free to ramble with me. Randomness entirely welcome.